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Legislature 2001

Follow the Orlando Sentinel's coverage of the 2001 session of the Florida Legislature.

  • Legislature 2001.

    Legislature 2001.

  • Session exposes rifts that could weaken Republican leaders

    Look to the chaotic end of the 2001 Florida Legislature and see the uncertain future of Florida's most powerful leaders. House Speaker Tom Feeney wielded the gavel to cut short debate and move feverishly through bills as the House droned on close to midnight. By then, Senate President John McKay...

  • Region's lawmakers flexed their muscles

    One of the most heavily debated issues of the legislative session centered around a bill co-authored by Rep. David Simmons, a freshman Republican from Altamonte Springs. After considerable squabbling, Simmons' bill capping punitive damages against nursing homes and boosting the minimum amount of...

  • Teachers union competitor loses aid

    The Legislature backed away from a $1.2 million project for a group with close ties to Gov. Jeb Bush that is competing with Florida's teachers union. The Senate on Friday voted 36-4 for a bill (CS-HB 409) to instead send the money that was tucked into Florida's $48 billion budget to the Department...

  • Lake brings back bacon

    The state Legislature passed a budget Friday that includes less than half of the $700,000 needed to upgrade Lake County's voting system. But there's plenty of other goodies in the $48 billion spending plan to keep Lake leaders smiling. Assuming Gov. Jeb Bush approves them all, money will go for...

  • Package to reform elder care gets cheer

    Nursing-home industry lobbyists cheered Friday night as the Legislature approved a comprehensive legislative package aimed at ending headline-grabbing jury awards against nursing homes. The nursing home reform bill (CS-SB1202), which includes a $4 million cap on punitive damages in most cases and...

  • Bush wins part of civil-service plan

    Lawmakers approved a watered-down version of a plan proposed by Gov. Jeb Bush to change the state's civil service system, with members of both chambers voting strictly along party lines. The proposal removes 16,165 jobs from the Career Service system but keeps many of the job protections the state...

  • Move to dump Regents advances

    The Florida Senate on Thursday approved a dramatic overhaul of the way it manages public education, axing the board that has governed public universities and replacing it with a system that will give the schools and the governor more control over higher education. The Republican-controlled Senate,...

  • House Democrats choose next leader

    Ending a bitter internal feud, Florida House Democrats named Rep. Doug Wiles, a quiet and conservative insurance agent from St. Augustine, as the next leader of their often-fractured 43-member caucus. House Democrats finalized their choice of Wiles on Thursday night without an election after his...

  • Billboard owners sign with Orlando

    Orlando won a partial victory in its war on visual blight Thursday when city officials struck a deal with billboard owners that would bring down about 34 of the signs. But more than 50 other signs, mostly on State Road 436 and around the International Drive-Kirkman Road area, would be allowed to...

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