Sen. Bill Montford

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee
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Legislative leaders are touting this year’s $101 increase in K-12 per student funding as “unprecedented.” But education officials say that billing is misleading.

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A number of child welfare bills are continuing to move in the Florida Legislature. via the Evers family

The memorial service as well as the funeral for former Senator Greg Evers is planned for next week. The North Florida Republican was recently killed in a single car wreck when his pickup truck crashed through a guardrail near his Baker home. Now, some of his colleagues and friends are taking the time to remember Evers and the legislative legacy he left behind.

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee
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Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) has filed a claims bill for a motorcyclist injured in an accident with a city bus.

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The Legislature is poised to approve a 1.5 million-dollar payment to a former Tallahassee teacher who was seriously injured when an ambulance ran a red a light in 2013.

Sen. Bill Montford,D-Tallahassee, is flanked by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, and local school district officials as he unveils a testing overhaul bill (3/8/17).
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Senate lawmakers say Florida’s prison system is in a crisis. That’s the consensus after a presentation by Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones. She said she’s having problems recruiting guards. Jones is pushing legislators for pay bumps.

Sen. Bill Montford,D-Tallahassee, is flanked by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, and local school district officials as he unveils a testing overhaul bill (3/8/17).
The Florida Channel

Tallahassee Democrat Bill Montford is out with a plan to revamp the state’s testing system. A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Senate and House flanked Montford Wednesday in the Capitol as he unveiled his plan.

Florida State Sen. Bill Montford, R-Tallahasee, wants to encourage college students to make a career in education. He's proposing creating a scholarship to help pay for teacher certification.

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House lawmakers are likely to face an uphill battle to get money for projects in their districts.  Rural lawmakers are ready to face the challenge but they’re trying to reset expectations.

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Two North Florida lawmakers met with Wakulla County residents Thursday to hear their concerns ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

Florida businesses are up in arms about a hefty workers compensation rate hike, and now lawmakers are worried about the fallout for school districts.

A North Florida state Senate candidate is pushing back against what she calls a “witch hunt” for all things confederate. In the wake of last year’s racially targeted killings of parishioners at black church in South Carolina, several states and local municipalities worked to bring down confederate emblems.

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The conservative group Americans For Prosperity has released scorecards for all 160 members of the Florida Legislature. 

The Senate chambers mid-demolition
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Florida’s Senate chambers is a shell of its former self.  Crews are working on the first full renovation since the late 1970s.

A North Florida Democrat wanted to crack down on malfunctioning gas pump printers, but at the last minute, he decided on a more measured response.

United Way

Irate lawmakers are demanding to know why a contractor is making more money to manage a state employee charitable campaign than it gives to the poor.

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Community College officials hoping to start up the school's first baccalaureate program will have to wait a while longer.

The Florida legislature has approved a moratorium on the creation of new baccalaureate programs at community colleges after several lawmakers expressed concern that many existing programs were duplicative or didn't adhere to local workforce needs.