Rep. Mike La Rosa

Rep. Mike LaRosa is sponsoring a measure keeping local governments from writing special requirements for short-term, vacation rentals.
Florida House of Representatives

The Florida House has approved a measure aimed at keeping local governments from restricting residents from renting out their homes.  Any ordinances would have to apply to all residences.

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A measure aimed at making it easier for cellular companies to add hardware to telephone poles is heading to the house floor.  Supporters say the move is necessary to meet growing demands on bandwidth, but opponents call it an industry handout.

Rep. Mike LaRosa (St. Cloud)
Florida House of Representatives

A proposal to halt local regulation of vacation rentals passed in committee Tuesday after a heated debate over private property and community rights.

Rep. Mike LaRosa (St. Cloud)
Florida House of Representatives

The Department of Economic Opportunity believes it needs access to the state driver’s license database to stop reemployment assistance fraud.  House lawmakers are one step closer to giving the agency what it wants.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall

Florida Governor Rick Scott is crisscrossing the state calling out lawmakers by name for voting to gut two state agencies.

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Governor Rick Scott will have to decide soon whether he wants to give his Department of Economic Opportunity more power to green light planned communities, shopping malls and other large construction projects. As Jim Ash reports, environmentalists spent much of the session fighting the attempt by conservative Republicans.

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Florida House of Representatives

Getting the green light for big housing projects and other large scale development would be easier under a bill up before a House panel Tuesday. As Jim Ash reports, the controversial measure by Republican Representative Mike La Rosa of St. Cloud is drawing angry protest from environmentalists.

Florida House of Representatives

The same Republican leaders who are pushing to rewrite state water policy apparently aren’t satisfied. Now House leaders are taking their scissors to the massive rule book that governs all the new growth in Florida.