- A St. Petersburg Times editorial argues that sentencing reform — not privatization — is a more effective way to cut prison costs.
- Should coastal communities be treated as “communities of interest” in the redistricting process? Some South Floridians think so, and some of their arguments recall a debate that emerged in the Panhandle.
- Changes are likely coming to laws governing personal injury protection insurance, aka PIP, as criticism of Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system mounts.
- How will the laws changed last legislative session by Senate bill 736 affect specialty teachers?
- With school districts looking for savings, some are increasing the number of virtual classrooms.
- Numbers of the day:
28,100 — Number of jobs Florida added over the past year, from July 2010 to July 2011, according to the state’s latest employment report, which was released Friday.41,800 — Number of jobs added during the same period in the “leisure and hospitality” sector, which is benefitting from a tourism recovery.