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State Bills To Ban Red-Light Cameras Advance

Legislation on the move in the Florida legislature could ban the use of red-light cameras and the millions in revenue they generate for local governments. A bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes, R-St.Petersburg, would outlaw the ticketing cameras starting in 2019. At a Senate Transportation Committee meeting, Brandes said the program only serves to line the pockets of local governments. He also pointed to a recent study by The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that...
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Ride-Sharing Bill Backed For Hillsborough County

Feb 2, 2016
Screenshot from Apple App Store

Less than a week after the Florida House passed a bill dealing with the statewide regulation of app-based ride sharing services, a subcommittee Monday approved a proposal that would set up a regulatory framework in Hillsborough County.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida sought Monday to increase pressure on state lawmakers to approve a gambling deal with a proposed $1.8 billion expansion they said would create thousands of jobs at casinos in Tampa and in South Florida.

Lawmakers are pushing a measure encouraging the use of abuse-resistant opioids. 

As lawmakers grapple with healthcare costs, they’re taking another look at rules governing where health care centers can be built. Those rules are called certificate of need. A scaled-down version of a bill addressing certificate of need is in play, but it’s not without controversy.

A Florida House panel has approved a measure that would let consumers purchase health insurance across state lines. But not everyone is on board with the idea.

TV coverage of the 2012 elections
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"The days of surprise about actual election outcomes in the big data world are likely to be fewer in the years ahead, at least to those who may have access to such data."

Those are the opening words of an article written by a University of South Florida Muma College of Business professor and his research assistant, who broke down nearly a half billion minutes of TV viewing in 2012 to determine that what people watch could show who they'll vote for president.

Tourism Leaders Challenge Change to Bed Tax

Feb 1, 2016
Christopher Collier

Leaders in Tampa Bay's tourism industry said they're concerned about a legislative proposal to designate part of the local bed tax for police services. 

The bed tax, formally known as the Tourist Development Tax, is $.05 on the dollar in most area counties – $.06 per dollar in Pinellas County --  for hotel rooms, timeshares and short-term rentals.

The proposal from Rep. Brad Drakes, R-DeFuniak Springs, would set aside 10 percent of the bed tax for police services. 

Lottie Watts / WUSF

The 2016 Gasparilla pirate invasion and parade this past weekend wasn't quite as rowdy as in past years, according to numbers released Monday by the Tampa Police Department.

Florida State To Sell Beer At Baseball Games

Feb 1, 2016
Associated Press

Florida State University will sell beer at baseball games this season.

FL Legislature Could Pave Way For High School Free Agency

Feb 1, 2016

High school athletics in Florida could be in for seismic changes as legislation dealing with the Florida High School Athletic Association is rapidly moving through the House and Senate.

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