Wed 7 Mar' 18
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Florida Lawmakers Pass Gun-School Safety Bill Three Weeks After Massacre

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Florida lawmakers, spurred by last month’s deadly high school shooting, gave final passage on Wednesday to a bill to raise the legal age for buying rifles, impose a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and allow the arming of some school employees. Swift action in the Republican-controlled statehouse, where the National Rifle Association (NRA) […]

Sat 3 Mar' 18
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Amy Mercado, Carlos Smith hear opinions on schools and guns bill

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What are progressive Democrats to do when faced with an omnibus school safety and guns bill that has a few things they like but doesn’t have any of the major provisions they’ve insisted on, and also includes something that they worry might be a poison pill? Democratic state Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Amy Mercado […]

Thu 8 Feb' 18
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State House, Senate budgets are only 0.1% apart, but their disagreements are broad

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TALLAHASSEE Florida’s House and Senate both passed competing budgets on Thursday that, while not far apart on the money, are philosophically opposed about how to pay for schools, hospitals and affordable housing. The House passed its $87.2 billion budget on a vote of 85-27 after a highly charged partisan debate that foreshadowed bigger election-year battles […]

Fri 26 Jan' 18
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House Panel Backs Plan For New Birth Options

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The full House on Friday approved a bill (HB 23) that would allow patients to stay in ambulatory surgical centers for up to 24 hours, ending a long-standing prohibition on overnight stays, and would authorize so-called “recovery care centers,” where patients could stay up to 72 hours after undergoing surgical procedures. House leaders have championed those proposed […]