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TESTING BILL SHAPES UP AS EDUCATION TRAIN

By BRANDON LARRABEE
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 19, 2017 .......... A bill aimed at scaling back the number of standardized tests administered in Florida passed its final Senate committee on Wednesday after picking up amendments dealing with recess and other education issues.

The growth of the measure (SB 926) quickly drew complaints, even from some supporters, that it was becoming an unwieldy "train," a term for late-session bills that glom together different proposals in order to ease passage for one or more of the ideas.

HOUSE MOVES FORWARD IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FEUD

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 8, 2017.......... A House proposal that would kill Gov. Rick Scott's prized economic-development and tourism agencies began moving forward Wednesday over Scott's growing public objections.

The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee voted 10-5 to back a 172-page proposal (PCB CCS 17-01) that would eliminate the public-private Enterprise Florida and tourism marketer Visit Florida, along with a lengthy list of tax-credit and grant programs designed to attract companies to relocate and build in the state.

JUSTICES RULE MEDICAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE DISCLOSED

By JIM SAUNDERS
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

.THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 31, 2017.......... In a ruling that could have implications for medical-malpractice cases across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Jacksonville hospital system was required to provide records to a patient's family because of a 2004 constitutional amendment.

LAWMAKERS LOOK AT TEARING DOWN 'LIQUOR WALL'

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 26, 2017.......... A measure that would allow Floridians to mix vodka and veggies in their shopping carts --- something prohibited for more than eight decades --- sailed through a Senate committee on Thursday.

The Regulated Industries Committee, in a 9-1 vote, backed the latest proposal (SB 106) to repeal a Depression-era law requiring liquor stores and bars to be separated from groceries and other retail goods, commonly referred to as the "liquor wall."

Legislation proposed to limit sales tax referendum to General Election ballot

(STAFF)

State Representatives Blaise Ingoglia (R, District 35, part of Hernando County), Bryan Avila (R, District 111, part of Miami-Dade County) introduced a bill on Dec. 29, 2016 that would limit the placement of sales tax referendum to general election ballots. Joe Gruters (R, District 73, part of Sarasota and Manatee counties) is a co-sponsor. Ingoglia sponsored a similar bill in 2016 which passed the House 95 to 19, but died in the Senate.

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