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Florida House Passes Nearly $80B Budget

The Florida House has passed a nearly $80 billion budget after a lengthy partisan debate.The House on Thursday voted 85-29 for the spending bill that includes money for schools, health care and environmental programs. The Senate is expected to pass a rival budget later in the day.
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Oregon Occupation Ends As Last Holdout Surrenders

After 41 days, the Oregon occupation is over: All four militants who remained at an occupied wildlife refuge have surrendered to the FBI.David Fry, Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson and Sandy Anderson were the last four militants left at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Ore., on Thursday morning. A group of armed anti-federalists had taken over the refuge in early January, saying they were protesting the convictions of two Oregon ranchers on arson charges.Banta and the Andersons...
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The Florida First Amendment Foundation is tracking 74 open government exemptions during this legislative session. The foundation, which focuses on keeping Florida’ public records open, says a so-called witness protection bill would make the criminal justice system less transparent.

Bill 475 would keep the information of witnesses in murder cases a secret. It has gotten bipartisan support through several committees. 

If you’re wondering why there’s so much legal fighting over medical marijuana licenses in Florida, here’s a billion-dollar answer.

According to the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, legal marijuana in the U.S. is projected to grow to a $21.8 billion industry by 2020. And Florida is a big part of that projection.

The federal government has long given out financial benefits to Cubans who immigrate to the United States, but one Cuban-American Florida lawmaker believes that should end.

The third time was not the charm Tuesday evening for advocates of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights measure.  Senators remained deadlocked—effectively precluding any chance of passage this session.

A renewed effort in the House to make changes to Florida’s Retirement System is getting some mixed reviews among public employee unions.

Setting up a potential tug-of-war over millions in taxpayer money, the Florida House is rushing ahead with a plan that would force school districts across the state to share local property taxes with charter schools.

Some legislators are pushing to steer more money to charter schools even though a recent analysis by The Associated Press found that as much as $70 million has gone to charter schools that eventually closed.

House Set To Approve Tax-Cut Package

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The Republican-dominated Florida House on Thursday is poised to approve a $991.7 million tax-cut package, after rejecting additions and changes sought Wednesday by Democrats.

A South Florida clinic that promotes controversial stem-cell treatments for a wide range of ailments is among the centers receiving a written warning that it is violating federal public health laws.

Consumers skeptical about the real cost of health care will soon have a resource where they can ask and share with their neighbors the price of common medical procedures.

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Six Lee County mayors met Wednesday to talk about solutions to water discharges flowing into the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee.

The South Florida Water Management District back pumped water into the lake in late January to avoid local flooding. That water eventually went into the river.

It was one of several topics covered in the meeting.

The mayors are worried about water quality and the local tourism-based economy.


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