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Senate advances Excellence in Higher Education legislation

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Senate Bill 2, the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act, and Senate Bill 4, Faculty Recruitment, both sponsored by Sen. Bill Galvano Wednesday passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education. “As these key bills continue to move through our committee process, I am encouraged by the feedback from and focus on our college and university students,” said Senate President Joe Negron. “The opportunity to hear from students and learn about the challenges they face as they work to complete…

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Tick Tock budget is on the desks

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The Legislature can pass the budget at 5:37 p.m. Friday and call it quits. After meeting late into the night on Monday and adding $300 million more in spending, the General Appropriations Act was electronically furnished to the Legislature, governor and Cabinet at 5:37 Tuesday night. The Florida Constitution requires the Legislature to wait 72 hours before passing the General Appropriations Act and calling the session to an official end. The near $78.7 billion spending plan is nearly $29 billion…

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House Speaker replies to Times water bill editorial

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Benjamin Franklin delivered the memorable line, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Were he alive today, I believe Franklin would amend his short list of inevitabilities with a declaration that Florida Republicans can solidly count on negative editorials from the Tampa Bay Times. Such is the case with the Feb. 22 editorial, “Water plan is a step backward.” It was written with a lack of understanding of the complexities of Florida law…

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