Florida Senate http://wuwf.org en Gaetz: Lawmakers Pass GI Bill; Take Up $400 Million In Auto Registration Fees http://wuwf.org/post/gaetz-lawmakers-pass-gi-bill-take-400-million-auto-registration-fees <p></p><p>The Florida Legislature is beginning the third week of the 2014 regular session. &nbsp;During the session, WUWF is checking in with Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).</p><p>Recapping week two, Sen. Gaetz says the center piece of their work was unanimous passage by the Senate of the Florida GI Bill, HB 7015. &nbsp;The House passed the bill during the first week of the Legislative Session.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Sandra Averhart 6493 at http://wuwf.org Gaetz: Lawmakers Pass GI Bill; Take Up $400 Million In Auto Registration Fees Senators Hear About FDLE Lab Case http://wuwf.org/post/senators-hear-about-fdle-lab-case <p>The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told legislators Wednesday that the arrest of a former crime-lab chemist will lead to new precautions in handling drug evidence.</p><p>FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey gave the Senate Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice an update on Joseph Graves -- the Pensacola crime-lab chemist – who’s accused of compromising hundreds of state drug cases.</p><p>Graves is free on $290,000 bond, with arraignment set for February 25th in Escambia County Circuit Court.&nbsp; More charges may still be pending.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:44:43 +0000 Dave Dunwoody 5133 at http://wuwf.org Senators Hear About FDLE Lab Case Florida General Revenue Estimate Positive http://wuwf.org/post/florida-general-revenue-estimate-positive <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Florida’s general revenue estimate for Florida, which projects what the sales and use tax revenues will be.&nbsp;&nbsp; The latest forecast from state economists shows an increase o f$300 million relative to the summer projection.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:52:38 +0000 Rick Harper & Sandra Averhart 2619 at http://wuwf.org Florida General Revenue Estimate Positive Harper Projects Modest Holiday Retail Sales http://wuwf.org/post/harper-projects-modest-holiday-retail-sales <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses holiday retail sales, noting that the forecast calls for a relatively soft season.&nbsp; Specifically, he says Cyber Monday shopping continues to grow at a higher rate than in stores, although the rate of growth is more modest than the 8 to 10 percent clip in years past.&nbsp; One of the marketing tools created to combat that trend is Small Business Saturday.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:59:00 +0000 Rick Harper & Sandra Averhart 2285 at http://wuwf.org Harper Projects Modest Holiday Retail Sales