Florida Capitol

FL House and Senate advance competing budget bills for 2020-21

BY: - February 12, 2020

With differences over funding for affordable housing, environmental land purchases, and tourism promotion, the Florida House and Senate on Wednesday advanced separate versions of a $91 billion-plus state budget for 2020-21. The two chambers are expected to vote out final versions of their budget bills on Thursday, triggering the process through which Senate and House […]

FL House Speaker Oliva casts doubt on funding for Visit Florida

BY: - December 6, 2019

Funding for Visit Florida, the state’s tourism-marketing agency, will again face strong opposition in the Florida House when lawmakers meet in their annual session next month. In an opinion column in the Tampa Bay Times, House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Miami-Dade Republican, reiterated his skepticism over the use of state funding to buy ads and […]

Politicians’ pledges to tackle red tide eco-disaster ends at the Legislature with… wait for it… another task force

BY: - April 30, 2019

Despite political promises on the campaign trail about solving the massive red tide outbreaks that littered Florida’s shores with dead sea creatures and scared away tourists last year, the state Legislature ended up passing a bill that sets up a task force to study the perennial problem. The bill specifically names the private Mote Marine […]