State Capital Briefs: Monday, February 12, 2018
STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (EVENING EDITION): MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
February 12, 2018NSF Staff

Senator
Republican
Greg Steube
DISTRICT23
PROPOSAL WOULD LEAD TO MORE KIDS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Despite concerns from school districts and lawmakers about the projected costs, a Senate committee Monday approved a bill that would lead to more students being able to take school buses. The bill (SB 188), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would require that buses be available for students who live more than 1.5 miles from school --- down from the current standard of two miles...

LATVALA COMMITTEE HOLDS NEARLY $3.9 MILLION

Though the once-powerful senator left office early last month after a sexual-harassment investigation, a political committee closely tied to Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala had almost $3.9 million on hand as of Jan. 31, a newly filed finance report shows. The Florida Leadership Committee spent $56,424 during the month on such things as consulting expenses and salaries...

OLIVA COMMITTEE HITS $164,000 IN JANUARY

A political committee led by incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, brought in $164,000 early last month, with $100,000 coming from a Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC, according to a finance report posted Monday. The committee, Conservative Principles for Florida, also received $25,000 from the insurer Florida Blue and had about $860,000 on hand as of Jan. 31...

SURVEY: FLORIDA LAGS IN HEALTHIEST CITIES

Florida cities have some perks when it comes to healthy living, but overall they don’t make the cut when it comes to a newly published list of healthiest cities in the United States. Orlando is Florida’s healthiest city, ranking No. 31 on a list published Monday by the personal finance website, WalletHub, followed by Tampa which ranked No. 33, and Miami, which ranked No. 35...