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Pons on Merit Pay

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Teacher Merit Pay is up for discussion Tuesday in the House. Many teachers are frustrated by the thought of more testing, and their pay being based on how students perform. Superintendent Jackie Pons weighs in.

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House Takes Up Teacher Tenure Bill

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Debate is raging tonight at the state capitol, as lawmakers battle over merit pay and the end of tenure for more than two hundred thousand teachers in Florida. Unlike last year,as Mike Vasilinda tells us, most teachers choose to stay home for this debate.

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Florida House Beginning Debate on Teacher Pay, Tenure

Posted: 03/15/2011 - The Florida House has begun two long days of debate on a new version of a bill that would set up a merit pay plan for teachers and end tenure for new hires after a similar measure was vetoed last year.

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Legislation Introduced in Fla. to Benefit Injured Veterans

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Senator Alan Hays and Representative Greg Steube unveiled legislation today, March 15, to honor wounded veterans with access to “special hunt areas” in certain state parks.

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[UPDATE] 6 Florida DOC Facilities to Close by This Summer

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The Department of Corrections announced plans Tuesday, March 15, to close three prisons, two boot camp programs and another facility as a way of saving $30 million that agency officials say can be done without releasing any inmates early.

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Cannon, Haridopolos Suggest Veto Overrides

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Vetoes by former Gov. Charlie Crist could still be overridden, House Speaker Dean Cannon reminded House members on March 14 – and sent them fishing for possibilities.

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Vehicle Overturns in Golden Eagle

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Tallahassee firefighters had to use the jaws of life to get a driver out of an overturned vehicle this morning.

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Senate Released Econ Dev. Budget

Posted: 03/15/2011 - With $24.2 million in general revenue cuts and another $200 million cut in trust fund revenues, a Senate budget committee on Monday, March 14, unveiled its first shot at a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

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AARP Watching Phone De-Reg Bill

Posted: 03/15/2011 - The state branch of the AARP began raising concerns Monday, March 15, about a proposed deregulation of telephone rates, which supporters say would simply bring the state’s telecommunications rules into the 21ist century.

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Fla. Medicaid Overhaul: A Geography Question

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A House health-care committee on Monday, March 14, began debating a proposal to overhaul Medicaid, amid questions about how to carve up the state geographically into a managed-care system.

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Worker Gag Bill Squeaks Out of Senate Committee

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A Senate bill that prohibits union dues from being automatically deducted from public employees' paychecks has barely survived a vote out of the Community Affairs Committee.

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Florida Senate Panel Strengthens Drug Monitoring

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A Senate committee has approved a bill sought by Attorney General Pam Bondi to strengthen a prescription monitoring system that Gov. Rick Scott wants to repeal before it even begins.

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Lawmakers Move to End Discounts for SunPass Users

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Florida's SunPass system doesn't just save you time in bypassing the toll booth ... If you're a frequent user, it can also save you money, but that may soon change if some lawmakers have their way.

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No More Smoking For Florida Prisoners

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Officials with the Florida Department of Corrections have announced that Florida's prisons will be tobacco free in six months.

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Measures Barring Public Funding of Abortions Advance

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Two measures that would bar public money from subsidizing abortion coverage in Florida in nearly all cases, even indirectly, passed the Senate Health Regulation Committee on Monday

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Union Dues Trouble?

Posted: 03/14/2011 - In a surprisingly close 5 to 4 vote today (3-14), a Florida Senate Committee barely approved legislation that will end payroll deduction of union dues. But the legislation could also have some unintended consequences for charities and others.

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Gadsden Chamber Offers Free Business Courses

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Even in a tough economy, the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce says it's still possible to have a successful business and it's showing people how ... for free.

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