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Toll Roads Roll Toward Approval

May 1, 2019 - 9:15am
Bill Galvano and Jay Trumbull

The Florida House is ready to put the state on a path toward three new or expanded toll roads in mostly rural regions, despite fears from environmental groups and Democrats about sprawling development and damage to wetlands.

With the issue a priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, the House on Tuesday set itself up to vote Wednesday on a bill (SB 7068) that would set the stage for the projects. The bill, in part, would establish task forces to study the economic and environmental impacts of the toll roads.

Lawmakers Look to Bring Home the Bacon

March 2, 2019 - 7:15am

Heading into the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers have already filed more than 2,500 bills and budget requests to bring taxpayer dollars to local attractions, education programs, transit needs, regional improvements and other projects for constituents.

In the House, the proposals total more than $3.13 billion. Senators are pursuing $1.8 billion.

Many of the proposals have been submitted in both chambers. In the House, members must submit each request as a bill. In the Senate, each request is filed as a local funding request but not as a bill.

Andy Gardiner: Coast-to-Coast Connector Picking Up Speed

Gun Bill, Public Speaking Measure Reach Rick Scott

Texting Ban, Everglades Funding Signed into Law

Ex-RPOF Chair Jim Greer Faces Sentencing This Week

March 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, who pled guilty on the eve of a potentially politically salacious trial that could have aired the laundry of the state GOP and former Gov. Charlie Crist, will find out his prison fate Wednesday.

Greers pretrial guilty plea in February allowed him to avert the possibility of up to 75 years in prison for fraud, money laundering and theft when he again appears before Circuit Judge Donald Myers at 1:30 p.m. in Orlando.

Don Gaetz, Will Weatherford Envision Session of Amicable Tension

February 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

As legislators have in the past, expect disagreements to continue between the House and Senate as the 2013 regular session progresses.

Both chambers appear to be heading in the same direction on issues ranging from election and ethics reform, policy changes to Citizens Insurance Property Corp., to manufacturing incentives, higher education funding and teacher pay.

Task Force Backs Stand Your Ground Law

DCCC Targets Three Florida Republicans, Tea Party for Opposing Obama on Sequestration

February 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Three Florida Republicans in potential tossup districts are among the targets of a national Democratic ad campaign over their stance to oppose the Obama administration on sequestration.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched an online ad that takes on 27 House Republicans, including Dan Webster, R-Orlando, Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, and Bill Young, R-Indian Shores.

According to the DCCC, "Tea Party House Republicans left the capital last week without any attempt to negotiate a deal on the sequester.

Watch the ad targeting on Young below.

Northeast Legislators Back Sales Tax Boost for Jaguars' Stadium

February 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Unlike the funding method requested for the Miami Dolphins, an effort to direct tax dollars for upgrades at the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars has the support of the members of the legislative delegation in Northeast Florida.

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