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March 2, 2016

Bill creates permanent financing for Everglades restoration

Everglades restoration would get a permanent source of money under a bill nearing passage in the Florida Legislature. The state House passed the “Legacy Florida” Act Wednesday 117-1. A similar bill in the Senate is scheduled to be heard by its final committee Thursday and could then be eligible for a vote of the full […]

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House sends Senate a variety of health care cost-saving measures

The Florida House sent several bills to the Senate seeking to cut health care costs by changing laws regulating health providers. On Wednesday, the House passed a number of bills: HB 37, which restores the patient-physician relationship through the use of Direct Primary Care; HB 85, extending the length of time a patient can stay in […]

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Jax cabbie demands Vehicles for Hire committee chair removal

The Jacksonville City Council Vehicles for Hire subcommittee has been full of pitched debate, but progress has been incremental. Part of the reason for the slow pace: uncertainty on the city level about the ultimate outcome in Tallahassee for vehicles of Transportation Network Companies. With that in mind, subcommittee chair Matt Schellenberg delayed the next meeting […]

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Capitol Reax: “Pastor Protection” act, Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act

The Florida House voted 82-37 to approve an amended version of a bill (HB 43) that protects clergy members and pastors who refuse to perform gay marriage. The bill was amended Tuesday and some gay rights organizations have dropped their opposition to it. Carlos Guillermo Smith, governmental affairs manager for Equality Florida, said in a […]

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Hettel Announces Resignation As Executive Secretary For Virginia Racing Commission

The Virginia Racing Commission announced today that Bernie Hettel has advised he will be stepping down from his post as the Commission's Executive Secretary.  An effective resignation date has not yet been announced but is expected to occur before the … Continue reading

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