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Janice Fee

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking for a full appeals court hearing, after a panel ruling that would let Creek Entertainment in Gretna begin operating slot machines. Bondi’s office calls the move a “jaw dropping” expansion of gambling. And Florida Horsemen are raising their own concerns about the ruling.

Class Gives New Biz Owners Crowdfunding Kickstart

Jun 11, 2015
More than $400 be cut in Florida
Steven Depolo Via Flikr / WFSU News

With the new legislation passed this year, crowdfunding is taking another step forward. The University of West Florida and the Florida Small Business Development Center are working to help new business leaders learn to harness the power of the people.

Uber Preps For State Regulation

Mar 9, 2015
Yellow Car with Uber Plate
Monika Hoinkis

The ride-hailing app, Uber, has been operating in the state for the better part of 2014 despite statewide concerns over safety, insurance coverage and legality. While a patchwork of regulation has begun to develop on the local level,  state lawmakers are eager to settle the issue once and for all.

The most valuable tech start up in the world does not want to be legally defined as a car service alongside taxis and limos.

parking space
Benny Lin Via Flickr

Trying to find gainful employment when you’re disabled can be varying degrees of frustrating, depending on the nature of your disability. But the Florida legislature is moving to alleviate some of those headaches.

Governor Rick Scott’s latest budget proposal allocates 8 million dollars to move people with disabilities off of a waiting list for, and onto, a Medicaid Waiver program. Melanie Mowry Etters, spokesperson for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, says the program provides disabled people with extra services both during the job hunt and after they’re employed.

Florida Senate

A plan to review economic development zones could directly impact the Big Bend.  Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) wants to renew the program and keep the more than 60 economic development zones from expiring this year. He says the current way the state encourages businesses to move into depressed areas, needs to be revamped—if the program hopes to survive.

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