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Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Smoking medical marijuana in the state of Florida is a constitutional right, according to a recent court ruling, but the more than 100,000 patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses in Florida who use marijuana for treatment are not safe to light up just yet. Just one hour after Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers handed […]

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

This editorial published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 17, 2015   Tallahassee wants to provide “historic” school spending by continuing to play Tallahassee’s trick on taxpayers. You might think that Florida’s system of financing education is simple: Your property taxes pay for the schools in your county. It’s not that simple. Local taxes pay […]

Scott at odds again with fellow Republicans

Scott at odds again with fellow Republicans

Just six months ago, Gov. Rick Scott stood onstage outside the state Capitol basking in his hard-fought victory as he began his second term. Scott boldly proclaimed in his inaugural address that the campaign was over, and while there would be “robust debates on the best direction for Florida” that “we should not let partisan […]

Legislature passes $79B budget in overtime

Legislature passes $79B budget in overtime

After a sprawling and messy budget fight that spawned lawsuits and finger-pointing, the fractured Republican-controlled Florida Legislature approved a nearly $79 billion budget and ended its special session Friday. Legislators were racing against the clock to pass the budget after they failed to pass one during their regular two-month session that ended in late April. […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 19

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 19

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Veteran Miami-Dade detective charged with traffic stop theft A veteran Miami-Dade Police Department detective is facing federal charges after allegedly stealing from motorists during traffic stops. A grand jury indictment released Thursday charges Det. William Kostopoulos with […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 1

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 1

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Legislators return with plan to end budget stalemate Florida legislators are returning to the state Capitol for a 20-day special session where they are expected to pass a new state budget. State government would be forced to shut […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 29

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 29

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Nik Wallenda to walk untethered atop 400-foot Orlando Eye Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda intends to walk untethered atop the 400-foot Orlando Eye, the city’s new observation Ferris wheel. Wallenda will do the walk as the wheel spins, […]

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 […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 27

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. BUDGET IMPASSE, OTHER ISSUES REMAIN ON LAWMAKERS’ PLATE With a week left in its planned 60-day session, a Republican civil war over health care has stalled the Florida Legislature on its single most important job, completing a balanced state […]

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Rick Scott is reversing course and says he no longer supports Medicaid expansion in a move that threatens to undo budget talks between the state House and Senate. In a statement Monday, Scott expressed concern that the federal government might not make good on its promise to fund Medicaid for an additional 800,000 Floridians. The […]