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Medical Pot Left Out of Scott’s Special Session Call, But Lawmakers Angle For Joint Effort

| June 2, 2017

Florida House and Senate leaders may expand the special session to include medical pot since they failed to reach agreement on implementing the voter-approved amendment in regular session.

Only One Flagler Project Lands on Tax Watch’s $178 Million In Budget Turkeys

| May 26, 2017

TaxWatch flagged 111 budget items as turkeys, among them a Bunnell road project, though the organization stresses that it isn’t making a value judgment.

Lawmakers Approve Budget With Tax Cuts, Severe Cuts to Medicaid, Minor Increase For Education and Big Boost to Charters

| May 8, 2017

The budget package includes a modest increase in per-student spending through the state’s main education formula, $521 million in Medicaid cuts for hospitals and far-reaching changes to education across the board.

House Approves Medical Pot Measure That Would Allow Unlimited Number of Retailers

| May 3, 2017

The measure would allow patients to use vaporizers or edibles, but would ban smoking of marijuana products, something critics complain violates the spirit of the constitutional amendment.

Senate Approves Constitutional Proposal That Would Increase Homestead Exemption to $75,000

| May 2, 2017

The homestead exemption proposal would go before voters as a constitutional amendment in 2018, would save homeowners money but cost local governments millions in revenue.

Senate Budget Details Yet to Emerge as House Pushes Potential $2.2 Billion Tax Cut

| April 26, 2017

Lawmakers pushed back against the idea that a deal that many believed had been sealed Tuesday had fallen apart, while House leaders placed tax cuts ahead of more money for per-student allocations.

House and Senate Move Close to Budget Deal But Visit Florida Would Be Cut

| April 25, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott’s request for $100 million for Visit Florida appears a long distance from the $25 million lawmakers were working toward, absent a change of heart, as budget negotiations continued.

Senate President Joe Negron’s Shabby Response to Repeat Offender Frank Artiles

| April 25, 2017

Even now Artiles doesn’t get it, and seemingly neither does Negron–they don’t understand how ugly racially charged language is to all people of good will, but especially when it comes from a state senator.

Not Dead Yet: Vacation-Rental Bill Flagler Opposes Clears Last House Committee , 17-11

| April 24, 2017

A bill that would end Flagler County’s authority to regulate short-term rentals cleared its last House committee and appears headed for a clash with its Senate version, which is very different. If differences aren’t resolved, the bills die.

Sen. Artiles Resigns as Senate Investigates Racist Insults to Black Colleagues and Others

| April 21, 2017

Sen. Frank Artiles called his presence a “distraction” days after apologizing for a public tirade that included racially charged and vulgar expletives directed at Sen. Audrey Gibson and others.

Lawmakers Set to Enact Long-Sought Solar Energy Tax Break, But Concerns Remain

| April 20, 2017

The House and Senate are working on the proposals to carry out a renewable-energy constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 4, that voters approved during August’s primary election.

Sen. Artiles Apologizes to Sen. Gibson After Cursing Her Out In Racist and Sexist Language

| April 19, 2017

Florida Sen. Artiles unleashed racial and sexist slurs at Sen. Audrey Gibson, who at one time represented parts of Flagler County, in a tirade at the Governors Club near the Capitol Monday night.

Florida Senate Wants 81% Increase in Aid for Poorer College Students, and Boost For 1st-Gen

| April 9, 2017

Florida student assistance grants would grow by $121 million. Senators also want to double the state’s matching grants for “first generation” college and university students to a total of $10.6 million.

Florida Colleges Decry Legislature’s Budget Cuts of Up to $85 Million

| April 6, 2017

The Senate budget includes a $55 million reduction in remedial education funding and suspends $30 million in performance funding for the colleges. The House cuts similar amounts to other programs.

Education, Medical Pot, Guns, Death Penalty and Budget: Legislature Hedged at Midpoint

| April 5, 2017

Halfway through Florida’s 60-day legislative session, almost all major issues remain unresolved. That’s not unusual, but lawmakers are not going at a pace that suggests they’ll be done by the scheduled end of the session on May 5.

Vacation-Rental Bill Hearing Rescheduled Just as Key Senate Committee Begins Debate

| April 3, 2017

Sen. Tom Lee, the seasoned chairman of the Community Affairs Committee, didn’t ant the bill rushed through debate, as had been the case on a previous occasion before Sen. Travis Hutson.

Senate’s Spending Plan Is $2 Billion Higher Than House’s as Budget Negotiations Begin

| April 3, 2017

The $2 billion spending gap provides fresh reasons for skepticism that lawmakers will complete a spending plan by the scheduled May 5 end of the legislative session.

The Legislature’s Mullahs Threaten
Religious Freedom in Florida Schools

| March 31, 2017

The Florida Legislature is about to approve a bill that would give religion preferential treatment in public schools, destroying a balance between secular rights and already inviolate personal expression.

Florida House Votes Against Corporate Welfare For Stadiums Like Daytona Speedway

| March 30, 2017

The bill is part of an effort by House leaders to limit public assistance to private companies, reflecting a broader philosophical gulf from the Senate on business incentives.

House Panel Approves Restrictive Medical Marijuana Measure, Including Ban on Edibles

| March 29, 2017

The proposal would prohibit smoking of cannabis products, as well as edibles, and would ban all but terminally ill patients from using vaporizers to consume medical marijuana.

At Vacation-Rental Town Hall, Renner Hears Unanimity Against Impairing Local Control

| March 26, 2017

A standing-room-only crowd at Saturday’s Hammock Town Hall urged Rep. Paul Renner to battle a legislative attempt to scale back local regulatory control of vacation rentals won through a 2014 law.

GOP Rep. Cary Pigman, Chairman of House Health Subcommittee, Arrested for Drunk Driving

| March 25, 2017

With a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit, state Rep. Cary Pigman was charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop on Florida’s Turnpike several hours after a House session Thursday.

Bill Vastly Diminishing Separation of Church and School Passes Florida Senate, 23-13

| March 24, 2017

The proposal would allow religious speakers and messaging at school-sponsored events, and would allow students to engage in organized prayer groups during the school day and with the participation–though not the sponsorship–of school personnel.

Renner Seizes Reins for Flagler After Hutson’s Striking Disregard on Vacation Rentals

| March 23, 2017

Rep. Paul Renner and County Commissioner Greg Hansen are organizing a town hall meeting in the Hammock Saturday, hoping to rally support against a proposed legislative retreat on vacation-rental regulations.

7-3 Vote Loses Flagler Another Round on Vacation Rentals In Hurried Senate Hearing

| March 21, 2017

Flagler County government’s attempt to protect its vacation-rental regulations took another turn for the worse as a Senate committee today voted to advance a bill that would wipe out those regulations.

Senate Approves Stand Your Ground Change To Make It Easier For Shooters To Use Defense

| March 15, 2017

The bill would shift the burden from defendants to prosecutors in the pre-trial hearings, vastly strengthening defendants’ ability to use the defense, but at significant cost to prosecutors.

Prohibition on Liquor In Grocery Stores Approaching Repeal as Bill Advances

| March 14, 2017

The contentious bill, sought by Wal-Mart and Target and opposed by Publix and ABC, needs to make it through one more committee in the House and awaits a floor vote in the Senate.

Senate Committee Kills Recovery Centers Palm Coast Opposes, But Approves Expanded Surgical Centers

| March 14, 2017

A Senate committee today killed a proposal to create the sort of “recovery care centers” Palm Coast government and Florida Hospital Flagler oppose, but it agreed to expanded ambulatory care centers.

Florida’s Lethal Injections Ready to Stab Again As Gov. Scott Signs Death Penalty Bill

| March 13, 2017

Florida is again poised to begin executions and prosecute death penalty cases after Gov. Rick Scott signed a law Monday aimed at fixing flaws in the state’s capital sentencing procedure.

Flagler May Lose Vacation Rental Regulations Just 2 Years After Regaining Authority

| March 13, 2017

After a three-year battle, Flagler County government regained the right to regulate short-term rentals in the Hammock, which had become disruptive to local residents. Now the state is poised to take that authority away–again.

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