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The Florida Senate is one step closer to approving a ban on fracking, but the bill looks dramatically different than environmental advocates had hoped.

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The omnibus education bill aiming to create another state scholarship program got a green light from the Senate Education Committee. The measure, SB 7070, got by on a party-line vote.

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Discussions concerning hot topics in Florida public education are underway ahead of the coming Legislative Session, from school safety to leadership positions.

Village Square

Now that Tallahassee State Senator Bill Montford has said he won’t run for mayor, will incumbent City Commissioner Curtis Richardson jump into the mayor’s race? Richardson expects to answer that question soon.

Update: Sen. Montford Will Stay In The Senate

Mar 26, 2018
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Update 4:30 p.m.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) will keep his seat in the Florida senate. The lawmaker had been mulling a move to run for Tallahassee mayor, but Montford says he realized he could have the greatest impact by continuing in this current position.

Sen. Montford To Make Mayoral Decision This Weekend

Mar 21, 2018
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Tallahassee state Senator, Bill Montford, has picked a date to decide whether he will step away from his Senate seat and run for mayor. When speaking to reporters at an event on Wednesday, Montford said he would have his decision by the weekend.

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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.

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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).
The Florida Channel

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.

Nick Evans

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.

Nick Evans

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.