Nick Evans

Nick Evans is a masters student in communications at Florida State University.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is tapping a former aide and water management district chief to head up the state’s environmental agency.

While lawmakers weigh whether to call a special session for medical marijuana, dispensaries are pushing ahead.  One grower is preparing to open its first retail outlet.

The Florida Legislature has passed its budget and gone home.  But the manner in which lawmakers closed out this year’s session raises a number of questions about process, special session, and the veto pen.

Florida’s medical examiners are seeing a precipitous rise in fentanyl deaths.  They recently published their interim 2016 report on drug-related fatalities.

Florida lawmakers are approving a measure giving state workers a raise in exchange for revamping benefit plans.  The proposal passed alongside the state budget on the final day of Florida’s legislative session.

The Florida Legislature has lined up a series of spending measures to complete the state budget.  Leaders are cramming some of the largest and thorniest issues into measures that some lawmakers will be debating for the first time.

The Florida Legislature is cramming some its largest and thorniest spending issues into the final days for the legislative session.  House leaders are calling this year’s budget the most open and transparent in history, but just as they have in previous years, leaders are slipping some pork in at the last minute.

The Florida House is pushing to change how money in one of the state’s primary environmental trust funds is spent.  But most lawmakers were in the dark about how much money the fund will get as the measure went to a vote.

The full Florida Senate is preparing to take up a modified version of the House’s tax cut proposal.  But a property tax measure may be more important to House leaders.

The Florida House and Senate budget teams are bumping numerous issues up to the chambers’ presiding officers.  The groups bundled a few major priorities for up or down votes ahead of the floor.

Florida’s budget for the coming fiscal year is now in the hands of the House and Senate budget chiefs.  They’re planning to settle as many differences as they can and ‘bump’ the rest to the presiding officers by noon Sunday.

This week House and Senate presiding officers settled on an overall budget figure of roughly $82.9 billion split into nine separate allocations.  Friday morning five subcommittees met to trade offers—laid out in spreadsheets hundreds of rows long. 

The Florida House has approved a measure aimed at keeping local governments from restricting residents from renting out their homes.  Any ordinances would have to apply to all residences.

Budget talks have begun—or at least the public face of them have started.  Lawmakers are planning an extremely tight timeline.

House lawmakers could be in for a long fight over medical marijuana when it hits the floor.  The bill’s sponsor is finding common ground with the Senate, but Democrats have filed 25 amendments.

Spending offers are flying back and forth between House and Senate leaders.  But Nick Evans reports time is running short on this year’s legislative session.

Medical marijuana measures in the House and Senate are heading to the floor.  Lawmakers are making some last minute adjustments ahead of negotiations.

A measure aimed at making it easier for cellular companies to add hardware to telephone poles is heading to the house floor.  Supporters say the move is necessary to meet growing demands on bandwidth, but opponents call it an industry handout.

Senate President Joe Negron is washing his hands of outgoing Senator Frank Artiles.  

The medical marijuana provisions implementing amendment two are trudging ahead in the House and Senate.  But the chambers’ proposals remain very different.

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