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6:52 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Hospital sale review bill clears Senate committee

A bill that would revamp the way Florida public hospitals are sold or leased is facing some opposition from hospitals. As Sascha Cordner reports, while the measure seeks to put more oversight in place over the sale of a hospital, some argue the bill is not needed because hospitals already have enough procedures in place.

Senate President Designate Don Gaetz says all his bill does is make the process of selling or leasing a hospital more public and more transparent by putting a few new rules in place:

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Business
6:50 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Bill to stop local preference in bidding clears committee

Should home-town businesses be given extra consideration when local governments are making contracting decisions? Some state lawmakers say no – not when Florida’s money is involved anyway. Regan McCarthy reports a bill moving through the legislature would prevent local governments from giving preference to local companies when letting contracts that use state money.

Senator David Simmons says ordinances that give preference to local business could be costing Florida more money and he says they could exclude worthy companies in the state.

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Business
7:00 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Push to revise PIP begins

Rally to reform PIP at the Capitol
WFSU

The debate on how to reduce personal injury protection insurance fraud was raging again in the Florida Legislature Wednesday.  Tom Flanigan reports those supporting the House’s solution held a noon pep rally in the Capitol Rotunda.  Meanwhile, consumer advocates are favoring the Senate’s less sweeping approach to the problem.

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Business
5:35 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Online business registration portal gets the green light

The House Government Operations Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday discussed its budget proposal for the coming year. James Call reports as one way to reduce costs and promote business growth the panel is proposing a One-Stop Business Registration Portal for state licenses and permits.

 

The Great Recession is echoing through capitol hallways as lawmakers write next year’s state budget plan.

Adam Keith of the House staff walks the committee through the proposed budget for the Department of Financial Services.

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The Economy Project
12:26 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Bill Would Tie Evaluations With Teacher Pay

Tallahassee, FL – A bill that would tie teacher pay and evaluations to standardized tests like the FCAT is under fire from the teacher's union. The union says the bill would put undue stress on teachers, but proponents say tying teacher pay to how well students perform is supported by President Obama.

The Florida Education Association, the state teachers union, on Monday came out publically against the bill. Union President Andy Ford called it nothing but a political game.

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