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Chief science officer defends water-quality bills that critics argue are deeply flawed

Florida Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer on Thursday defended his praise of water-quality legislation that environmentalists say is designed to fail and protects polluters.“I...
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FL House and Senate advance competing budget bills for 2020-21

With differences over funding for affordable housing, environmental land purchases, and tourism promotion, the Florida House and Senate on Wednesday advanced separate versions of...

Huh? Clean-water groups say chief science officer is missing the point

Clean-water organizations lobbying for strong legislation to clean up water pollution in Florida are calling upon the state’s chief science officer to “set the...
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Bill would raise penalties for pollution and ‘shame’ offending municipalities

Florida lawmakers hoping to reduce the pollution choking bays, lagoons, and other waterways are proposing stiffer fines against cities around the state for spilling...
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Bill would end tenure of long-time public advocate on utilities with major rate cases...

Legislation that would force out veteran Public Counsel J.R. Kelly, who represents ordinary utility customers before the Florida Public Service Commission, passed its first...
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At session midpoint, FL lawmakers continue to ignore clean-energy bills that could slow harmful...

Despite recently acknowledging that climate change is real and increasingly dangerous, the Republican-controlled Legislature still is advancing virtually no legislation to reduce greenhouse gas...
A 'monster' of plastic litter stands outside Florida's historic capitol as Catherine Uden, Southast Florida campaign organizaer for Oceana, calls on lawmakers to reduce plastic waste. Photo: Laura Cassels

Plastics ‘monster’ haunts Capitol to call for waste reduction

A 15-foot-tall monster made of thousands of pieces of plastic litter was in the Florida Capitol this week to illustrate how much plastic enters...

Slap-down against Democrat Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried: GOP votes to take away her energy...

The Republican-controlled budget committee in the Florida House voted Wednesday to wrest control of the state Office of Energy away from the state's lone...

Sunscreen battle pits FL Republicans against Key West, Hawaii, FDA, and members of Congress

While Republican lawmakers in Florida rush to pass legislation shielding all sunscreens from local government restrictions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two Florida...

Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme...

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