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A plan to create a voluntary certification program for Florida sober houses is expected to pass the House Thursday. The Senate version appeared to have died Tuesday when its sponsor balked at a request by a Senate leader.

The Florida Senate voted 25-14 for the bill that expands a current law, which allows for murder or manslaughter charges if a fetus dies after it has developed to a point where it can survive outside the womb. State law will recognize a fetus as a person, with governor's signature on new bill.

HB 955, a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission bill, would extend a prohibition on local ordinances regulating the mooring of boats, excluding live-aboard vessels, through July 2017. An amendment would have excluded Broward and Miami-Dade counties from the prohibition but it was voted down.

Lawmakers agree to earmark money for a Coast to Coast Connector, a project linking 275 miles of paved bicycling trails across Central Florida. In 2013, Scott vetoed $50 million in the budget for the project. But he praised it during an October ground-breaking ceremony in Titusville. "The Coast to Coast Connector is truly a project that is good for Florida's economy, tourism and jobs," Scott said.

House and Senate budget budget negotiators on agriculture and environmental spending concluded their talks on April 23, 2014 without a resolution of most major spending issues. Read more ...

The House accepted all but three items in the Senate's third offer in court funding negotiations. Among the items bumped is money for small county courthouse repairs. Read more ...

The Senate has made a third offer on funding for the Department of Economic Opportunity. The difference between the Senate and House spending proposals is $11 million. Read more ...

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