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Florida Budget Battle Continues

Posted: 03/30/2011 - A Florida House committee is doing battle over a GOP proposal to slash the budget by more than $3.5 billion.

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3,000 Inmates to be Released if Ala. Budget Passed

Posted: 03/30/2011 - The state finance director says 3,000 non-violent Alabama prison inmates will have to be released if the Legislature adopts the General Fund budget proposed by Gov. Robert Bentley.

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Union Members Storm Tallahassee

Posted: 03/29/2011 - Hundreds of angry union employees packed Tallahassee Tuesday, calling on lawmakers not to proceed with bills targeting unions.

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Ala. House Apologizes to Victim of 1940s Rape

Updated: 03/30/2011 - The Alabama House has reached back into history and apologized for the way authorities handled the 1944 rape of a young black woman by a gang of white men as she walked home from church in Abbeville in southwest Alabama.

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Lobbying Dollars, Food Flow in Sunday Sales Push

Posted: 03/26/2011 - ATLANTA (AP) - A review of state lobbying records by The Associated Press shows a fleet of well-connected lobbyists working to muscle a Sunday alcohol sales bill through the state Legislature have poured thousands of dollars into wining and dining lawmakers this session.

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Fla. Teachers Say No More Education Budget Cuts

Posted: 03/24/2011 - Florida faces a $3.8 billion budget shortfall. Deep cuts are expected in every area, but after two years of cutbacks, public school advocates say they can't take any more. Now they've brought their fight to Tallahassee.

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Ala. House Votes to End DROP

Updated: 03/22/2011 - Signaling the beginning of the end for the state’s luxury, “Rolls Royce” benefits plan for government workers, the Alabama House of Representatives today voted to repeal the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP.

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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Immigration

Posted: 03/17/2011 - Immigration reform is a top priority in the Florida legislature. Republican leaders say more has to be done to crack down on people living and working in the state illegally. They've written a measure that critics say mirrors Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

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Ga. Senate OKs Letting Churches Choose on Guns

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The Senate has approved legislation that would let the owners or members of a church decide whether they want to allow weapons on their campus or in their place of worship.

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Florida Lawmakers Debate Education Reform

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Education is at the top of Florida lawmakers' agenda. Tuesday the house began the first of two days of debate on a bill that would set up a merit pay plan for teachers and end tenure for new-hires.

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HOPE Scholarship Reform Bill Signed into Law

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law.

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Rep. Roby Speaks Out

Posted: 03/11/2011 - Roby calls for offshore oil drilling ban to be lifted.

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President Obama on Drilling for Oil

Updated: 03/11/2011 - President Obama says even if the country started drilling new wells tomorrow, that oil wouldn't come online overnight.

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Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Redesign Education Budget

Posted: 03/10/2011 - The first bill to make it all the way through the 2011 session of the Alabama Legislature will redesign how the state education budget is written to try to prevent midyear budget cuts.

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Ex-Felons to Wait 5 Years for Rights

Updated: 03/09/2011 - Four years ago, Florida's clemency board voted to make it easier for ex-felons to regain their civil rights, but Wednesday new leaders decided to overturn that reform.

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