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The Florida House wants to shed more light on local tourism and economic development agencies.  The demands echo transparency requirements approved for state agencies earlier this year.

Rep. Matt Caldwell speaking on the House floor.
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A Republican state representative is launching his bid for agriculture commissioner.

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The Florida House is pushing to change how money in one of the state’s primary environmental trust funds is spent.  But most lawmakers were in the dark about how much money the fund will get as the measure went to a vote.

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Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner is running for governor and another Republican is running for his open post.  A former democratic congresswoman seems ready to launch a gubernatorial bid of her own.

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Amid budget negotiations, the House and Senate may be using the revival of a controversial pension reform package as a means to get on the same page.

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A controversial pension reform bill that just passed the House is now in the Florida Senate’s hands.

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Florida House Republicans are back at it again. They’ve revived an effort to make changes to Florida’s Retirement System.

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A bill allowing the surviving spouses of first responders to receive proper death benefits is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. This could mark the end of a contentious debate over pension reform this year.

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The Florida House passed a controversial bill making changes to Florida’s Retirement System.

The House debated a proposal Tuesday that would automatically enroll new state hires into a 401-k style retirement plan instead of a traditional pension.

Environmentalists are breathing a sigh of relief after a powerful House Republican agreed to back down from his controversial “use it or lose it,” approach to state land.

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A bill seeking to reform Florida’s Retirement System is now heading to the House floor, despite continued opposition.

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A renewed effort in the House to make changes to Florida’s Retirement System is getting some mixed reviews among public employee unions.

Public Private Land Swap Survives First Vote

Apr 15, 2015
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Environmentalists began the session wondering why the Department of Agriculture was playing such a key role in major rewrites of state land and water policy. With just three weeks to go, ag creep is picking up speed.

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Convinced the state is setting aside too many acres for conservation, some conservative lawmakers want to blur the distinction between private and public land. As Jim Ash reports, plans are in the works to open up public preserves for so called “low impact” agriculture.