Tag Archives: Florida Senate

Bill Expanding Parental Options and Eligibility for K-12 Scholarship Programs Heads to Senate Floor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – Senate Bill 48, Educational Scholarship Programs, is ready for consideration on the Senate floor after the Committee for Appropriations reviewed it favorably with 11 yeas and 8 nays. The bill, authored by State Senator Manny Díaz, Jr. (R-Hialeah), expands student eligibility and parental choice for K-12 scholarship programs that serve students…

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State Senator Manny Diaz’s Bill Establishes New Special Needs Student Scholarship Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – Senator Manny Díaz, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, presented Senate Bill 48, called the Educational Scholarship Programs Bill, which establishes the new McKay-Gardiner scholarship program for students with disabilities and other new regulations. The new scholarship program joins two existing programs, the McKay, which allows students with disabilities…

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Senate Committee Hears Update on Florida’s Hemp Program and How FWC Spends $49.95 Million on Invasive Species

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government met on February 16, 2021. The committee received an update on Florida’s Hemp Program from Holly Bell, Director of Cannabis for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (FDACS). Ms. Bell said that Florida’s program has become a model program for…

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Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy Pass Four Bills Heading into Session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – The Senate Committee on Health Policy voted on several key proposed bills during its February 17th meeting including pediatric health care, Moffitt Cancer & Research Center funding, telehealth service reimbusrement, health insurance licensure requirements, among others. The first bill taken up by the Committee was Senate Bill 362 (SB 362) –…

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Daisy Morales Sworn in as State Rep, Hires Diverse Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Puerto Rican State Representative Daisy Morales was sworn in Tuesday at the Florida Capitol as a new member of the 90th session of the Florida House of Representatives by Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston. Morales will now represent Orange County’s House District 48 in Tallahassee. She replaces  incumbent State Representative Amy Mercado,…

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Senator Stewart Joins Bipartisan Legislative Effort to Increase Availability of Affordable Housing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) last week joined Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) by co-introducing Senate Bill 874, which prohibits the use of affordable housing funds, sometimes known as the Sadowski Fund, for anything but affordable housing. The move comes as nearly a third of Florida’s $6 billion in state and local housing…

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