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House passes two abortion bills after heated debates

Apr 19, 2013 Comments Off on House passes two abortion bills after heated debates Wes Hodge

Following hours of fiery debate that included accusations of female infanticide and eugenics, the House passed a bill that would ban abortions based on sex or gender by 71-44 on …

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OP-ED: Parent-trigger bill has obscure item that diminishes choice

Apr 19, 2013 Comments Off on OP-ED: Parent-trigger bill has obscure item that diminishes choice Wes Hodge

By Joe Saunders | | Guest columnist  Since my first reading of House Bill 867, the Parent Empowerment in Education, or parent-trigger, bill, I’ve done my best to send up …

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SENATE KILLS BACKGROUND CHECKS

Apr 17, 2013 Comments Off on SENATE KILLS BACKGROUND CHECKS Wes Hodge

WASHINGTON — The Senate failed to muster sufficient support Wednesday for a gun-buyer background check bill that’s supported by nearly 90 percent of Americans, voting the measure down in a procedural …

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Texting while driving ban passes state Senate

Apr 16, 2013 Comments Off on Texting while driving ban passes state Senate Wes Hodge

Texting while driving could soon be illegal in Florida. The Senate unanimously approved a bill today that would make texting while driving a secondary offense. That means police have to …

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Scott Randolph urges Rick Scott to veto Precourt’s bill

Apr 16, 2013 Comments Off on Scott Randolph urges Rick Scott to veto Precourt’s bill Wes Hodge

A coalition of activists urged Floridians on Tuesday to oppose statewide legislation blocking local governments from adopting benefit provisions such as the pending paid sick time referendum in Orange County. Union, …

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Rep. Alan Grayson’s to-do list

Apr 14, 2013 Comments Off on Rep. Alan Grayson’s to-do list Wes Hodge

The Sentinel’s Mark K. Matthews is asking members of Congress from Central Florida to list their district priorities for the 2013-14 session. Here’s the response from U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, …

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House OKs bill giving children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition, says NO to Dreamers

Apr 12, 2013 Comments Off on House OKs bill giving children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition, says NO to Dreamers Wes Hodge

When the Florida House voted Friday to extend in-state college tuition rates to the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, Republican Rep. Frank Artiles called the move “a huge step forward.” …

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House Rules chairman won’t allow ‘Dreamer’ amendment

Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off on House Rules chairman won’t allow ‘Dreamer’ amendment Wes Hodge

Rep. José Javier Rodríguez, D-Miami, made a last-minute attempt to include undocumented students in a proposal that would enable more Florida college students to qualify for in-state tuition. The bill, sponsored …

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Fla. Gov. has 1 week to sign ban on gaming centers

Apr 6, 2013 Comments Off on Fla. Gov. has 1 week to sign ban on gaming centers Wes Hodge

Florida’s Internet cafes will become illegal within the next week. State lawmakers on Friday delivered to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would ban the storefront gaming operations. Scott has …

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Florida House Passes Bill That Could Cut Employees’ Pay By 40 Percent

Apr 4, 2013 Comments Off on Florida House Passes Bill That Could Cut Employees’ Pay By 40 Percent Wes Hodge

The Florida House just passed a bill that overrides local living wage and sick time ordinances, meaning that South Florida employees could take a 40 percent cut in pay. Miami-Dade and …

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