State News

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, called on the House Thursday to pass a bill removing barriers to enroll in KidCare, the state health insurance program from low-income children. Bu the chambers disagree over its fiscal impact. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate took up a bill that will affect state workers and their retirement. Gina Jordan tells us there was much debate and some confusion over the proposed legislation.

Tallahassee, FL – It's deal making time at the state capitol. Conference committees are in final negotiations on a state budget. James Call reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate spend a good deal of time discussing a cap on attorney's fee dealing with the state...eventually approving the cap. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon announced Wednesday that he is convening a work group to investigate the death of 7 year old Gabriel Myers, who apparently hanged himself in the shower of his foster parents' Margate home two weeks ago. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The House was cranking through a long list of bills involving construction projects, drivers licenses and corporate income taxes. Gina Jordan gives us a look at the most hotly debated issues.

Tallahassee, FL – Legislative committee and council chairs began budget work in earnest. As they began the process of reconciling House and Senate Budget versions, the bottom-line difference between the two spending plans was already shrinking. Lynn Hatter brings us up to date.

Truck fees

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Broke Schools

Tallahassee, FL – For months, a rural North Florida school district had been teetering on the brink of insolvency. Now, Jefferson County finds itself without enough money to operate its schools and the Florida Department of Education is stepping in to run the district. We get the latest from Lynn Hatter.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – With a week to go until session ends and lawmakers still in a stalemate over budget negotiations the Florida Board of Governors is planning a last-minute lobbying attack. As Lynn Hatter reports, universities are preparing to go on the offensive in effort to appeal to lawmakers to adopt the senate budget proposal.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers begin the final week of the annual spring session without an agreement to balance the state budget. And no negotiations scheduled. One this is known, the budget crisis reshapes how Florida Lives. James Call reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Friday marked another day when Florida House and Senate budget negotiators failed to meet in public and discuss their differences in a proposed $66 billion budget. However, James Call reports,an ever-optimistic Governor Charlie Crist predicts Lawmakers will approve a state spending plan before the May First scheduled end of the Legislative Session.

Tallahassee, FL – The 4th floor of the Florida capitol was the scene of competing rallies for and against higher taxes for a Florida company that makes low-cost cigarettes. Tom Flanigan reports.

Tallahassee. FL – Florida's major cancer research centers joined forces in support of a $1 increase in the surcharge on cigarettes, cigars and snuff that's been approved by the Florida Senate.Tom Flanigan reports.

Tallahassee. FL – The House was back in session Tuesday, and although no budget conference is scheduled yet, Speaker Larry Cretul said he's confident the House and Senate will resolve their differences in a timely way. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee. FL – In the waning days of session a Florida House panel approves a bill Tuesday that would lift the state's ban on offshore oil-drilling. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Central Florida Commuter Rail project known as SunRail barely chugs through another committee stop on a four to three vote, Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – It's been four years since the widow of a South Florida crash victim began her pursuit of getting cameras installed at intersections statewide. Finally the measure may have a shot at passing thanks to the state's need to raise money. Gina Jordan has more.

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