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Florida lawmakers aim to crackdown on texting while driving

Florida lawmakers aim to crackdown on texting while driving

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill March 25 to make texting and driving a primary offense within the state of Florida, but it still must face the full Senate. SB 76 moved through the committee with 5 yeas and 1 nay. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

Lawmakers drop bridge purchase idea

No deal. The prospect of a state government offer to buy the Garcon Point Bridge and reduce tolls has relied on legislators’ reaching agreement to include millions of dollars in this year’s budget. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Fee simple bill passes House

Fee simple bill passes House

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fee simple title bill advanced by Republican congressman Matt Gaetz, according to a press release from his office. The bill, called the “Escambia County Land Conveyance Act,” would give leaseholders on Santa Rosa Island the option to acquire fee simple titles to their property. Currently, residents […]

Lawmakers reach late-night deal on budget

Lawmakers reach late-night deal on budget

  Aided by a last-minute infusion of cash that went to projects backed by the state’s Republican leaders, Florida legislators late Monday night reached a deal on a nearly $80 billion budget for the state. The agreement, much of which was pounded out in private meetings and out of the view of the public, means […]

Florida House abruptly adjourns early over budget impasse

Florida House abruptly adjourns early over budget impasse

The annual session of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature crashed to a halt Tuesday as the House adjourned three days early because of a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion. Bills covering everything from tax cuts to gambling and medical marijuana died as a result. The abrupt showdown also raises the possibility of a […]