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On Defensive, Flagler Government Makes Its Case To Lawmakers To Preserve Vacation-Rental Regulations

| November 20, 2017

Flagler’s own lawmakers are cautioning that the law will likely change, diminishing Flagler’s ability to regulate its own vacation-rental properties. In response, property owners’ opinions are divided.

Statue of Mary McLeod Bethune May Replace That of Confederate General in U.S. Capitol

| November 16, 2017

Over the objection of a senator who decried “cultural purging,” a Senate panel approved 18-1 replacing the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

School Taxes Would Rise To Pay For Per-Student Increase, But Formula Could Further Hurt Flagler

| November 16, 2017

Flagler is the 6th-highest taxed district in the state, by legislative formula, yet gets back the 65th lowest dollars per student. A governor proposal to increase education funding could make that worse for the district.

Florida Lawmakers Looking To Add Treatment Programs To Fight Opioid Epidemic

| October 25, 2017

A combination of short-term intensive treatment beds, long-term outpatient services and medically assisted treatment could be the blueprint for a solution, a powerful lawmaker says.

Florida State Colleges Seeking Restoration of $30 Million Cut To Address “Employment Gap”

| October 23, 2017

The money would help hire more faculty, provide more counseling services and create more programs aimed at closing the “employment gap” in high-demand jobs.

Flagler Commissioners’ Legislative Priorities Unravel in Messy Amateur Hour

| October 17, 2017

Less than five days from presenting their legislative priorities to lawmakers, Flagler County commissioners’ priority list devolved into a chaotic process that could undermine its goals.

7-Day Limit On Pain-Killer Prescriptions Part of Sweeping Proposal To Crack Down on Opioids

| October 15, 2017

Doctors would be limited to prescribing seven days’ worth of opioids for patients with acute pain and would have to check a statewide database before ordering most prescription pain medications.

In Startling Avowal, Rep. Renner Says State Will Attack Home Rule to Discipline “Rogue,” Leftist Cities

| October 13, 2017

“The reason we think they’re going rogue is because it’s Bernie Sanders in charge of your local city government or county government in some cases,” Rep. Paul Renner, who represents Flagler, says.

From Mosquito Control to National Guard, Hurricane Costs Taking a Toll on Budgets

| October 13, 2017

Hurricane recovery efforts have already cost the state budget more than $141 million and are likely to increase, with $25 million for the Florida National Guard; $36 million for debris removal and $6 million for mosquito control.

Flagler Again Takes Vacation-Rental Case To Tallahassee as New Battle Lines Are Drawn

| October 10, 2017

Willing to deal and compromise, County Administrator Craig Coffey and County Attorney Al Hadeed addressed a Senate committee workshop today in Tallahassee, ahead of what’s expected to be another fierce battle over vacation-rental regulations.

In Boost To Flagler, Committee Approves Bills Including $50 Million a Year For Beach Repair

| October 9, 2017

If the bills survive the coming legislative hurdles, there may be new money for Flagler County to tap into to repair its severely eroded beaches.

How Florida’s Failing Charter Schools Exploit Voucher Program To Stay Alive on Public Dime

| September 24, 2017

Charter schools that fail two years in a row should close by law. Instead, they reopen as private schools and use publicly funded vouchers to keep operating, with the state’s blessing.

Trump’s Decision To End Dreamers’ Amnesty Creates Dilemma For Florida GOP

| September 5, 2017

Florida is home to at least 30,000 people who could be affected and is the base for exponentially more Hispanic voters who could be critical to next year’s elections.

Florida Lawmakers to Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers

| August 27, 2017

A top Florida lawmaker and a national insurance fraud group criticized a law used by insurers to turn in injured undocumented workers and avoid paying workers’ comp benefits.

Renner and Hutson Call For State Audit of Free-Spending Flagler Mosquito Control District

| August 25, 2017

It is the first indication that the tax-supported district, which has itself so far refused to conduct an audit in the wake of the crisis, will be examined independently.

Proposal To Replace Statue of Confederate Gen. Smith With One of Mary McLeod Bethune

| August 21, 2017

State Sen. Perry Thurston proposed a resolution to have Bethune replace Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida’s two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

In Some States, Sales Tax Holidays Lose Luster as Hype Overshadows Cost

| August 6, 2017

Tax holidays don’t increase buying but merely concentrate it around specific dates. They’re regressive. They’re more political than useful: in Florida, the Legislature turned down Gov. Scott’s request for 10 days.

Renewed Push For Tougher Texting While Driving Penalties May Face Resistance in Flagler

| July 28, 2017

A Florida state legislator, Emily Slosberg, who survived a violent car crash caused by distracted driving, is campaigning across the state to make texting and driving a primary offense.

Hutson and Renner Try To Push Back Against Criticism on Home Rule, Taxes and Education

| July 27, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner took credit for–and defended–several controversial bills that passed in the last session of the Legislature as they spoke to Flagler’s political and business leaders this morning.

Florida Must Pay $1.1 Million In Legal Fees After Losing Battle in Glocks v. Docs Fight

| July 24, 2017

A federal court struck down a controversial state law, backed by the NRA, that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns.

Why The Obsession Against Smokable Medical Pot? John Morgan Wants To Know.

| July 7, 2017

Morgan bankrolled the medical-marijuana ballot initiative and repeatedly threatened to sue over smoking, which he says was permitted in the amendment supported by more than 71 percent of Florida voters last fall.

A School Board Will Sue the State Over Charter-Tilted Education Bill Most Districts Opposed

| July 6, 2017

The new law overhauls swaths of state education, dealing with everything from mandatory recess for elementary school students and standardized testing to charter school funding and teacher bonuses.

Palm Coast’s Paul Renner is Named Speaker of Florida House in Historic Boost for Flagler

| June 30, 2017

Renner will serve in the powerful post for two years, starting in 2022. Local governments anticipate having more pull with state government appropriations.

Education, Tax Cuts, Secrecy, Medical Pot, Therapy Dogs: 125 New Laws Go In Effect

| June 30, 2017

Seventy-eight bills became law upon Scott’s signature, including rules for medical marijuana, 27 additional laws will go into effect on Oct. 1, including tougher penalties for fentanyl possession and distribution.

Flagler School Board Apprehensive of Changes in Law Affecting Charters, Recess and Religion

| June 20, 2017

One law is altering the relationship between the district and its charter schools and imposing new requirements on eligibility for Bright Futures, and other laws will have broad impacts.

Florida Health Officials Move Ahead With Medical Pot Rules Approved in Special Session

| June 19, 2017

The just-passed bill addressed major issues, such as how many companies will receive marijuana licenses and how many retail outlets they can run.

How the Education Bill Scott Signed Thursday Will Hurt Flagler Schools, Favoring Charters

| June 15, 2017

The Flagler school district is now 64th out of 67 in per-pupil funding, and the bill Gov. Scott signed today will force the district to turn over more money to charter schools.

Gov. Scott Vetoes Higher Education Bill, Citing Cuts to State Colleges and Caps on Enrollment

| June 15, 2017

Scott objected to an enrollment cap on baccalaureate degrees for the 28 state colleges and cutting college’s budget by $25 million, while substantially increasing spending on state universities.

Both Sides Pressuring Scott on School Bill That Drew Protest Firestorm from Education Leaders

| June 14, 2017

The bill’s passage infuriated school boards, superintendents, the state’s main teachers and other education advocates. Scott hinted that he was considering a veto at the time.

A Special Session Gorged on Wheeling and Dealing Ends With All Sides Declaring Victory

| June 9, 2017

The agreement gave each of the three sides at the Capitol — Scott, the House and the Senate — something that could be called a victory, but more vetoes may yet be to come.

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