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Property Taxes

Posted: 04/29/2010 - Georgia OK's bill to overhaul property taxes.

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Oil Spill Changing Governor's Position

Posted: 04/27/2010 - The Louisiana oil spill has Governor Charlie Crist rethinking his position on offshore drilling. The sunken derrick is leaking an estimated thousand barrels or oil a day and some of that oil may harm Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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State Religion Aid

Posted: 04/27/2010 - Court asks Florida justices to rule on religion aid.

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Texting While Driving Crashes

Posted: 04/26/2010 - A state ban on texting while driving crashed in Tallahassee today. The Senate was poised to discuss the legislation, but House leadership quickly put the breaks on the bill. With just a week left in the legislative session, texting while driving is likely to stay off the radar until next year.

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Bush Backs Bills

Posted: 04/19/2010 - A controversial bill paving the way for state dollars to be spent on religious organization is drawing strong opposition. The bill would allow state funding for religious schools, a proposal that has been a long time goal of former Governor Jeb Bush.

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Foster Child’s Death Sparks Changes

Posted: 04/13/2010 - Almost a year after a Florida foster child hanged himself after taking psychotropic drugs state lawmakers are passing legislation to stop overmedication. An investigation found 3-thousand kids in state care were being prescribed mind-altering drugs. Some of them were as young as two years old.

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Florida School Beating

Updated: 04/08/2010 - Mother of teen beaten says daughter shows progress.

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Education Bill Debate

Posted: 04/06/2010 - Distaste is growing for the most controversial bill being debated this legislative session in Tallahassee. Some Republican lawmakers are now beginning to turn their backs on Senate Bill six, which challenges teacher tenure and restricts union participation.

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Florida Healthy Start Finished?

Posted: 04/06/2010 - A program providing prenatal care and education to expectant mothers is being cut completely in the House budget.

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Fee Reductions

Posted: 03/31/2010 - One year after state lawmakers jacked up the price you pay to fish, register your car, and buy a Florida driver’s license… They’re looking to lower the price. Most of the fees wouldn’t be reduced as much as they were originally raised, but lowering the fees would give those lawmakers seeking higher office something to hang their hats on this campaign season.

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Tea Party Protest

Posted: 03/22/2010 - Georgia tea party groups protest healthcare bill.

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Health Care Debate to Continue Through November

Posted: 03/22/2010 - The general election is more than eight months away, but look for opponents of the health care reform bill to use its passage to try and oust Democrats. Florida politicians are already looking for ways to reverse the legislation and earn votes in the process.

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Homeless Face Funding Shortfall

Posted: 03/12/2010 - The homeless population grew 11 percent last year, but money for emergency shelters could be cut to help fill a three billion dollar budget hole. Homeless programs could lose 67 million state and federal dollars.

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Insurance Reform Bill

Posted: 03/11/2010 - The price you pay for property insurance could soon go up ten percent. Legislation to give insurers more authority over rate increases comes amid news that a handful of insurance companies in Florida could fail. Some state lawmakers say insurance reform is needed to keep companies writing policies.

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Unemployment Hit’s 35 Year High

Posted: 03/10/2010 - Florida’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s been since 1975. The rate rose to 11.9 percent today, with more than 1,100,000 people looking for jobs. The news comes as the governor is touring the state praising a legislative freeze on the unemployment tax hike.

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Snake Hunters

Posted: 03/09/2010 - It’s open season on Burmese Pythons. Starting this week anyone with a Florida hunting license and 26 dollars can register with the state to kill the snakes. The war to rid the state of non-native reptiles is being fought on two fronts: in the wild, and at the state capitol.

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Unemployment Tax Hike Delayed

Posted: 03/02/2010 - The 2010 Florida legislative session began with a victory for businesses and thousands of job seekers. Lawmakers passed a bill delaying a steep increase in the states unemployment tax. Their vote would extend unemployment benefits to 20-thousand Floridians who have run out of money.

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9-1-1 Bill Clears Hurdle

Posted: 02/18/2010 - Denise Amber Lee was kidnapped and murdered in 2008. Her death is considered largely preventable if more than one 9-1-1 operator had followed through on tips about the killer. For the second time this week, the family is in Tallahassee working to make nobody else dies because someone was untrained.

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It’s Snowing in Florida

Posted: 02/12/2010 - It’s snowing in Florida and actually sticking in some parts of the Panhandle. The weather has forced dozens of school closings.

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Barron Takes Helm of FSU

Posted: 02/08/2010 - Climatologist Eric Barron took over the helm of Florida State University today, becoming the schools 14th President. Eric Barron arrived for his first day at the FSU Tallahassee Campus after driving 33 hours. He came from his home in Boulder, Colorado, where he ran the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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Pre-K Funding Shortage

Posted: 02/04/2010 - Florida’s voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program is becoming a victim of its own success. Enrollment has soared, but state funding isn’t keeping up with the growing demand. The program is already eight million dollars short this year and additional budget cuts could set it back even more.

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Texting Attack

Posted: 02/03/2010 - People who text while driving are 20 times more likely to wreck than those who don’t. Legislation to ban the practice in Florida has failed three years running, but bans in other states and pressure from the federal government could create a different outcome this year.

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