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Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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The Florida Supreme Court is allowing the House to support Gov. Rick Scott in the lawsuit brought by Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala. Ayala has filed both a federal and state lawsuit against Scott.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
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Florida Sen. Jack Latvala says he’s not ready to give up politics after he’s term limited in the Senate next year. But he won’t say what he’s eyeing next. Latvala spoke at the Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee.

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A group of military veterans are calling on Florida Senate leaders to hear a bill that would increase penalties for defacing any Veterans memorial across the state.

The Florida House Chamber
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Florida gets a lot of federal funding for refugees, including people entering the state from Cuba and Haiti. But that money could go away if legislation passes pulling the state out of the federal refugee resettlement program.

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State lawmakers are trying to assert greater control over boards that step in when local governments or school boards become insolvent.  Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala is carrying the bill in the Senate.

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The infusion of 1.5 billion dollars in the state budget to help cover health care for low income Floridians could go a long way toward bridging the divide between the House and Senate spending plans. 

Barrel Room at the St. Augustine Distillery
Nick Evans

A Senate panel has approved a measure allowing craft distillers to sell more spirits directly.  The idea is garnering support from unlikely sources.

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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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Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is praising Republican Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran for leading legislative actions to address the infamous Dozier School for Boys in North Florida.

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A number of claims bills which found Florida’s child welfare agency at fault are now heading to the House floor. Among them is a high profile bill involving twins that further compensates the surviving victim, in an abuse case that took his twin sister’s life.

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The Florida House has approved a plan to give bonuses to teachers and principals.  But critics take issue with handing out money based on test scores that are sometimes decades old.

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) talks Medicaid expansion plans
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Florida State University is distancing itself from a controversial appropriation for a program backed by a state Senator. In a letter to House Speaker Richard Corcoran, FSU President John Thrasher says the university did not request money for a program called, “Florida Psychological Associates.”

Sarah Mueller

The Constitutional Revision Committee is taking public comments as it prepares to pitch changes to Florida’s Constitution. Members are hearing a lot from Floridians about access to abortion services and restoring voting rights to felons who have served their time.

The House and Senate are between $2 billion to $4 billion apart on their spending proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, depending on how you count. Debate over the bills began Wednesday in both chambers.

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As Easter approaches, Florida wildlife officials want parents to think twice before buying a certain duck—very popular around this time of year.

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A North Miami police officer is facing charges for shooting a behavioral therapist in high-profile incident last year.

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While a raft of immigration legislation is moving through the Florida House, similar proposals in the Senate appear to be on the back burner.

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Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

Sarah Mueller

The Florida House will vote this week to establish what members call “schools of hope.” Democratic lawmakers say Republicans want to spend more than a billion dollars over several years on charter schools while starving public schools of funding. But Republican lawmakers and charter advocates argue public schools are failing to educate students.

Florida Channel

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and law enforcement agencies around the state are working to crack down on Florida’s opioid epidemic. The effort includes hosting a series of workshops and advocating for legislative fixes.

Erich Martin

Florida clerks of court are often considered the foundation of the state’s judicial system, but they say they no longer have enough money to do their jobs.

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Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer says although a proposed increase in the homestead tax break would keep money in the pockets of homeowners, the move could hurt local governments. 

Florida Channel

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater hosted a ceremony Tuesday to honor the lives of Florida’s fallen firefighters.

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Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency as more than a hundred wildfires flare across the state. With drought conditions spreading and more hot weather ahead, there’s little indication the blazes will slow down.

Senate Reservoir Measure Primed For The Floor

Apr 11, 2017
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Senate President Joe Negron’s priority water project is heading for a floor vote.  After shifting and twisting through committees, the measure’s fate is uncertain.

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