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House killing Democratic bills, but not those for special-interests

May 1, 2013 Comments Off on House killing Democratic bills, but not those for special-interests Wes Hodge

A showdown over expanding health-care to more than 1 million Floridians slowed the Legislature to a crawl for a second day Wednesday, with the fate of an elections reform, a …

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Speedy foreclosures bill clears Fla. House

Apr 29, 2013 Comments Off on Speedy foreclosures bill clears Fla. House Wes Hodge

A bill to speed up Florida’s groggy foreclosure system was approved by the Florida House on Monday after a 87-26 vote. The third attempt at foreclosure reform in three years, HB …

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Lawmakers agree to 3 percent tuition increase

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on Lawmakers agree to 3 percent tuition increase Wes Hodge

Florida lawmakers agreed late Friday night to hike tuition at the state’s colleges and universities by 3 percent next year, defying Gov. Rick Scott’s call to keep tuition level. “We want …

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Fla. House passes ‘wage theft’ bill on partyline vote

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on Fla. House passes ‘wage theft’ bill on partyline vote Wes Hodge

A bill that would outlaw new “wage theft” ordinances—similar to the one in Miami-Dade County—passed the Florida House on a partyline vote Thursday. The bill, HB 1125, would force victims …

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House Republicans approve ‘CorcoranCare,’ set up showdown with Senate

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on House Republicans approve ‘CorcoranCare,’ set up showdown with Senate Wes Hodge

House Republicans held their ground and approve their proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion, a bare-bones plan that puts them in conflict with the Senate and Gov. Rick Scott. Rep. John Wood, R-Winter …

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Senate passes scaled back ‘sick-time’ bill that leaves out House’s ‘living wage’ preemption

Apr 28, 2013 Comments Off on Senate passes scaled back ‘sick-time’ bill that leaves out House’s ‘living wage’ preemption Wes Hodge

The Florida Senate passed a response to Orange County’s sick-pay battle Friday — a measure that would prevent local governments from adopting leave policies until after a state study. The bill (HB 655) …

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Simmons may opt for sick time bill that kills local wage rules too

Apr 24, 2013 Comments Off on Simmons may opt for sick time bill that kills local wage rules too Wes Hodge

State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he may abandon his bill that would block local governments from adopting mandatory sick time benefits, such as one pending in Orange County, and …

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Bill ending permanent alimony in Florida goes to governor

Apr 19, 2013 Comments Off on Bill ending permanent alimony in Florida goes to governor Wes Hodge

A bill passed by the Florida Legislature and headed for the governor’s signature would make major changes to the state’s alimony laws and custody-sharing agreements, worrying family law advocates that …

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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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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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