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Medicaid Bill Set For House Committee Approval

Posted: 03/17/2011 - A House committee will move a step closer to revamping Florida's Medicaid system Thursday, March 17 when it approves a bill to gradually shift almost all beneficiaries into managed-care plans.

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Insurance Rate De-Reg Redux Advances

Posted: 03/17/2011 - Returning to a debate that featured prominently in the legislative agenda last year, a Senate committee on Wednesday, March 16 approved a measure to allow insurers to raise individual rates by up to 30 percent a year without state approval.

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State Officials Target 'Fraud Tax'

Posted: 03/17/2011 - With Florida a hotbed for staged auto crashes and shady medical clinics, state lawmakers today began working on proposals to revamp the personal-injury protection insurance system.

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Study: Red Light Camera Stats Show No Impact on Accidents

Updated: 03/17/2011 - The red light camera program implemented by the City of Tallahassee was promoted as a way to increase safety at dangerous intersections, but the statistics do not reflect that according to one study.

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House Wants Supremes in "Tallahassee Taj Mahal" 1st DCA Building

Updated: 03/17/2011 - A proposed committee bill that will be heard Thursday, March 17 splitting the Supreme Court into two courts also would move the newly cleft Supreme Court into the controversial new First District Court of Appeal Building in Tallahassee.

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Role of Private Testing Cos in New Pay System Questioned

Posted: 03/17/2011 - As Florida prepares to establish a new system of paying public school teachers that is based heavily on test scores, many lawmakers are casting a skeptical eye on the potential boon the reform could bring to educational testing companies.

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Foster Care Damage Cap Clears House Committee

Posted: 03/17/2011 - A measure that would cap damages for pain and suffering by children in Florida’s child welfare system was approved by a House committee Wednesday, March 16 after impassioned testimony from both supporters and critics.

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Fla. Senate Committee Okays News Gambling Measures

Posted: 03/17/2011 - Two measures changing the rules of the game for gambling interests in the state passed the Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Wednesday, potentially kicking off a new round of gambling fights in this year's session.

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Exclusive Italian Art Comes to Tallahassee

Posted: 03/17/2011 - For the first time in history, one of the most prestigious museums in Italy will lend 50 masterpieces to another museum. Find out how you can help.

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Prescribed Fire: An Inside Look

Posted: 03/16/2011 - People driving down Kate Ireland Parkway near the Georgia line Wednesday may have noticed a portion of the median on fire .. But that blaze is what's called a prescribed fire. It's done this time every year for a good cause.

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Forcing Property Taxes

Updated: 03/16/2011 - A plan to cap state spending, start a budget savings account, and lower property taxes is fueling a partisan debate. Republicans say the measure would hold government accountable. Democrats say it would force deep budget cuts for schools and health care. Eyewitness news reporter Whitney Ray joins us live in the capitol with more on why voters will likely have the final say.

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[UPDATE] Gov. Scott Gets, Will Sign, Teacher Merit Pay Bill

Updated: 03/17/2011 - The Legislature passed the biggest change to the state’s education system in more than 10 years, sending to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, March 16, a bill tying teacher salaries to test scores and ending multi-year contracts.

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FSU Black Law Students Association Named Best in Nation

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The Florida State University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has been named 2010-2011 National Chapter of the Year by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA).

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Rig Victim's Kin Wants More Safety Before Drilling

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The brother of one of the 11 workers killed on the Deepwater Horizon rig last year knows Gulf offshore drilling is important to his home state of Louisiana, but he wants Congress to keep pressuring the oil and gas industry to improve safety.

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FAMU Hosts Robotic Competition Sponsored by Google and Seagate

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The students and faculty unite to showcase their skills in advanced equipment for the Third Annual Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Student Research Conference from Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19.

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