Legislature 2001

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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