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Taxpayer email address privacy bill headed to governor’s desk


The Florida House on Friday gave final approval to a bill that would create a public-records exemption for taxpayer email addresses held by county tax collectors.

Senate passes bill to keep police body cam video from public view

Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2015 at 10:45 AM

UPDATED THURSDAY: The House has placed the bill on its “special order” calendar for consideration Friday.

Lawmakers again trying to do away with H.S. athletics organization


A measure that would replace the Florida High School Athletic Association with a different state-selected nonprofit organization passed the state House 86-29 on Wednesday, clearing the path for the state Senate to take up the issue in the coming days...

Fla. Chamber of Commerce now balking at health care proposal


The Florida Chamber of Commerce says negotiations over a pot of supplemental hospital funding and the debate over Medicaid expansion should be separate issues, a move that puts it in line with Gov. Rick Scott and House Republicans.

Tax credit bill for Florida-made movies postponed again


For the second time in two weeks, the House’s film and entertainment tax credits bill has been pulled off of an agenda of bills for consideration.

Ear at door, reporter describes secret House meeting

Published:   |   Updated: April 21, 2015 at 05:22 PM

Ear at door, reporter describes secret House meeting TALLAHASSEE — Members of the House Republican caucus held a private meeting Tuesday without public or press access, and some wouldn’t even confirm the nature of what would be discussed.

Senate President predicts no budget by end of regular legislative session


The state Senate is in for the long haul, with its presiding officer saying it would be “very difficult” to finish a budget by May 1.

Special election for Tampa-area House seat is Tuesday


Assuming history holds true, Republican Jamie Grant is expected to be sworn in Wednesday morning after Tuesday’s special election for his former state House seat.

Future unclear for gay adoption-related bill in Senate


A Senate panel did not vote on a contentious House bill allowing private agencies to deny gay adoptions by claiming religious or moral convictions, but the committee’s chairman said it was premature to say the measure was dead.

Senate version of booze bill being withdrawn

Published:   |   Updated: April 15, 2015 at 04:38 PM

If ever there was a time for opponents of the “whiskey and Wheaties” bill to drop the mic, as it were, that moment came Wednesday.