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.

A measure placing gambling warnings on Florida lottery tickets is heading for the House floor.

State leaders are attempting to make amends for the Groveland Four—a group of black men wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in the 1940s.  It’s one of two major apologies lawmakers are planning this year. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott is now calling for $100 million dollars in tourism money—almost 25 percent more than he outlined in his spending plan early this year.  

State lawmakers are trying to assert greater control over boards that step in when local governments or school boards become insolvent.  Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala is carrying the bill in the Senate.

The infusion of 1.5 billion dollars in the state budget to help cover health care for low income Floridians could go a long way toward bridging the divide between the House and Senate spending plans. 

A Senate panel has approved a measure allowing craft distillers to sell more spirits directly.  The idea is garnering support from unlikely sources.

The Florida House has approved a plan to give bonuses to teachers and principals.  But critics take issue with handing out money based on test scores that are sometimes decades old.

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  The move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

The Florida House is advancing its plan for cutting taxes.  On top of nearly $300 million in reductions, lawmakers want to increase the homestead exemption by half.

House lawmakers voted unanimously to establish statewide standards for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.  Nick Evans has more.

The ball appears to finally be rolling for medical marijuana in the Florida legislature.  After tacking on a handful of amendments, legislation is advancing in the state Senate.

State lawmakers are attempting to make it easier to identify questionable entries on the voter rolls.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants to divert almost $70 million from the state affordable housing trust fund to other issues. 

With five weeks left in session, the House and Senate have released their spending plans.  They stand roughly $2 billion apart.

The Florida House has approved a measure taking away union bargaining rights if less than half its members pay dues.  The bill’s Republican sponsor Scott Plakon of Longwood says it’s unfair for as little as 5 percent of workers to decide for everyone.  

The House is proposing nearly $300 million in tax cuts.  The ways and means committee unveiled their ideas this week.

A Senate panel is discussing how to re-envision Florida’s affordable housing system. 

A House panel faced stiff opposition as it passed a measure assigning heightened punishments to undocumented immigrants.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson won’t support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. 

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