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Activists hold signs supporting ERA
Cathy Carter

Thirty-seven states have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment -- one short of the required three-quarters for passage.   

On Monday, ERA advocates urged state lawmakers to secure Florida as the final state to preserve gender equality in the Constitution.

A bill advancing in the Florida Senate would extend the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border.
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Florida Senate President Bill Galvano's plan to extend the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border is moving forward.

Galvano Wants Suncoast Parkway To Extend To Georgia

Jan 30, 2019
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Extending a toll road from the Tampa Bay area to Georgia, an idea pushed last year as a potential hurricane evacuation route, is a priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, who says it would aid rural communities.

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New State Senate President Bill Galvano says he has high hopes for new era of cooperation in Tallahassee this year.

"It's time to return respect and honor to government," he said during a meeting of the Argus Foundation Tuesday in Sarasota.

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Florida teachers and unions filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that requires local unions to represent 50 percent or more of instructional personnel.

Mental Health Money Sought As State Reels From Shooting

Feb 16, 2018

Less than 24 hours after a troubled gunman killed 17 people — most of them teenagers — at a Broward County high school, a top state senator released a plan Thursday to steer $100 million to public schools for mental-health screening and services and to boost funding for school safety programs.

Lawmakers Debate University Performance Funding

Feb 14, 2018

An education bill is sparking debate about how universities receive performance funding and lawmakers are facing an important decision about the future of the program.

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met with leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as lawmakers attempt to craft a gambling proposal, Galvano told The News Service of Florida.

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Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, Florida may finally restore one of its main programs that aids students headed to college.

The state Legislature late Monday approved an overhaul of the state's higher education system that is intended to lift schools in the Sunshine State into the ranks of elite counterparts.

The Florida Senate has voted on a plan that will bring sweeping changes to the state’s higher-education system.