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Controversial Day in Florida Legislature

Posted: 04/12/2011 - Florida lawmakers have until Friday to pass bills through the committee process or see them die. They've saved the most controversial pieces of legislation for last.

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Fla. Senate Moderates Retirement Bill

Updated: 04/06/2011 - The Florida Senate has moderated a bill that would require public employees to contribute to the Florida Retirement System, now fully supported by taxpayers.

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Ala. House Passes Immigration Bill

Posted: 04/05/2011 - The Alabama House has passed a comprehensive Arizona-style immigration bill that allows police to arrest anyone who can't prove they are in the United States legally.

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Florida Lawmakers Debate Prayer in Schools

Updated: 04/05/2011 - Should public school students be allowed to hold religious benedictions at school functions? Tuesday, tensions over the controversial issue came to a head in Tallahassee.

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Florida Nuclear Costs

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Electric rates are set to rise next year in Florida as power companies prepare to build more nuclear reactors.

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Fla. Senate Budget Committee Approves Cuts to Medical Needy Program

Posted: 04/01/2011 - The Florida Senate Budget Committee spent Friday wrapping up work on its plan to cut spending by nearly $4 billion. Faced with a massive shortfall in revenues, republican leaders have ruled out the prospect of raising taxes, leading to some difficult and emotional decisions.

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Bentley: Worst Isn't Over

Posted: 04/01/2011 - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the worst isn't over for state agencies trying to keep government running despite severe budget cuts.

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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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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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Will Newt Run?

Posted: 03/17/2011 - Newt Gingrich is starting to sounds like a candidate.

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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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