Town Hall 2013 http://wlrn.org en Winners And Losers From Florida's Legislative Session http://wlrn.org/post/winners-and-losers-floridas-legislative-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Join us for The Florida Roundup today at noon for a special look back at the 2013 state legislative session and a follow-up with participants from our&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wlrn.org/session-2013" style="line-height: 1.5;">WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in February</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 13817 at http://wlrn.org Winners And Losers From Florida's Legislative Session What To Do About The Rising Cost Of College Tuition http://wlrn.org/post/what-do-about-rising-cost-college-tuition <p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout the 2013 legislative session, we've&nbsp;been posing questions to Tallahassee lawmakers that were raised at a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/wlrn-town-hall-tackles-states-tough-issues-legislatures-2013-session" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News Town Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;last February.</span></p><p>Among the topics is the rising cost of higher education in Florida.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 13356 at http://wlrn.org What To Do About The Rising Cost Of College Tuition Lawmakers Urge Better Reporting On Treatment Of ESE Students http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-urge-better-reporting-treatment-ese-students <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 1.5; ">With just a few days left of the legislative session, we're working to get as many answers as possible to questions posed during our last </span>WLRN-<span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 1.5; ">Miami</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 1.5; "> Herald Town Hall meeting in February.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:03:09 +0000 Gina Jordan 13261 at http://wlrn.org Lawmakers Urge Better Reporting On Treatment Of ESE Students Are Florida Politicians Responding To Rising Sea Levels? http://wlrn.org/post/are-florida-politicians-responding-rising-sea-levels <p></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:06:55 +0000 Marva Hinton 12883 at http://wlrn.org Are Florida Politicians Responding To Rising Sea Levels? Are You A Dirty Politican? Play Our Ethics Game http://wlrn.org/post/are-you-dirty-politican-play-our-ethics-game <p>Everyone loves to complain about political corruption. &nbsp;But would you do any better? &nbsp;Play our <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/ethics-game">interactive game, Tallanasty</a>, and find out if you would be a cleaner Florida politician.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:00:42 +0000 Elaine Chen 13033 at http://wlrn.org Are You A Dirty Politican? Play Our Ethics Game Law Of The Land In Florida Is A Source Of Irritation For Asians http://wlrn.org/post/law-land-florida-source-irritation-asians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's a question we received from one of several hundred South Florida residents who attended a recent&nbsp;</span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">/Miami Herald Town Hall that was held just prior to the current legislative session.</span></p><p>This one comes from friend-of-WLRN&nbsp;<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/201304/PiyushAgrawal.JPG" target="_blank">Piyush Agrawal</a>, a scholar, educator, businessman and philanthropist who lives in Weston:</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:28:14 +0000 Rick Stone 12058 at http://wlrn.org Law Of The Land In Florida Is A Source Of Irritation For Asians Bookseller Wonders, Why Doesn't Florida Get Sales Tax For Stuff You Buy On The Internet? http://wlrn.org/post/bookseller-wonders-why-doesnt-florida-get-sales-tax-stuff-you-buy-internet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida's sales tax is a huge competitive downside for local retailers who sell the same products as their Internet competitors.</span></p><p>Because online sellers rarely collect the sales tax, it leaves the brick-and-mortar shops at a roughly 7-percent price disadvantage.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that's why business and retail lobbies have been demanding sales tax collection for online sales for years.</span></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 11148 at http://wlrn.org Bookseller Wonders, Why Doesn't Florida Get Sales Tax For Stuff You Buy On The Internet? Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing http://wlrn.org/post/campaign-contributions-bill-touches-nerve-lawmakers-are-already-addressing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House and Senate are taking ethics and elections seriously this year. Bills to widen voting opportunities by restoring pre-2011 early voting days and hours are making their way through both chambers.</p><p>But there's a bill in the House that would originally have increased campaign contribution limits from their current $500 to $10,000.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 11042 at http://wlrn.org Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing The Best App To Keep Tabs On Your State Legislators http://wlrn.org/post/best-app-keep-tabs-your-state-legislators <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It would be nice to know more about state politics. &nbsp;But who can keep track of all those committees and subcommittees, you say.&nbsp; And all the House and Senate bills with long names and random numbers – and who is my legislator anyway?</span></p><p>You could go to the official state websites to <a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find" target="_blank">find your legislators</a> and <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/bills/bills.aspx" target="_blank">proposed laws</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 10768 at http://wlrn.org The Best App To Keep Tabs On Your State Legislators Tragic Sinkhole In Tampa Sheds Light On Florida's Geological Predicament http://wlrn.org/post/tragic-sinkhole-tampa-sheds-light-floridas-geological-predicament <p>The news last week of a <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-sinkhole-so-dangerous-rescuers-cant-search-missing-man" target="_blank">Hillsborough County man who disappeared into a sinkhole</a> that opened up beneath his bedroom has sparked a renewed national interest in the Florida sinkhole phenomenon. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:02:40 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10292 at http://wlrn.org Tragic Sinkhole In Tampa Sheds Light On Florida's Geological Predicament Why Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Isn't Budging http://wlrn.org/post/live-chat-now-why-floridas-stand-your-ground-law-isnt-budging <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup, here's what we're talking about from this week's news:</span></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 10167 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Isn't Budging Payers Pin Hopes On Alimony Reform Bill http://wlrn.org/post/payers-pin-hopes-alimony-reform-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When <a href="http://wlrn.org/insight" target="_blank">WLRN's Public Insight Network</a> asked for comments about the alimony laws in Florida, it tapped into a very deep vein of anger and resentment.</p><p>Commenters told us about ex-husbands who could no longer plan to retire because of their lifetime alimony obligations. We heard from second wives who worried that the courts could come after their own income if it increased their husbands' ability to pay.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:36:18 +0000 Rick Stone 10146 at http://wlrn.org Payers Pin Hopes On Alimony Reform Bill Talk To Us: Florida Legislators & A Session 2013 Sneak Peek At WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall http://wlrn.org/post/talk-us-florida-legislators-session-2013-sneak-peek-wlrn-miami-herald-town-hall <p></p><p>Redistricting, property insurance, Medicaid expansion and political transparency were among the topics covered during this week’s Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Miami Herald</em>. &nbsp;The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's&nbsp;coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0000 WLRN Staff 10069 at http://wlrn.org Talk To Us: Florida Legislators & A Session 2013 Sneak Peek At WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader http://wlrn.org/post/environment-back-table-legislative-session-says-senate-majority-leader <p>Tough economic times put environmental issues on the Florida Legislature's back burner in recent years, but this session should be different, according to <a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s20" target="_blank">Sen. Jack Latvala</a>&nbsp;(R-Clearwater), who sat on the panel at Monday night's Town Hall Session 2013 hosted by WLRN and the <em>Miami Herald</em>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:07:47 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9979 at http://wlrn.org Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader Local Legislative Leaders Talk Priorities For Florida's Session 2013 http://wlrn.org/post/local-legislative-leaders-talk-priorities-floridas-session-2013 <p>What's on state lawmakers agenda for the upcoming session? Sen.&nbsp;Anitere Flores (R-Miami) and Sen. Maria Sachs (D-Boca Raton) discuss what's on their list with WLRN's Phil Latzman.</p><p></p><p></p><p><p></p>For Republican Anitere Flores, there's little hesitation&nbsp;when she's asked what she'll be working on first when the session begins.&nbsp;</p><p>"The most important issue that I'll be tackling this year," she says, "is Citizens Property Insurance."</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:40:33 +0000 Phil Latzman 9622 at http://wlrn.org Local Legislative Leaders Talk Priorities For Florida's Session 2013