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May 5, 2001
Punch card ballots to be gone by 2002
[AP photo]
TALLAHASSEE -- Amid handshakes and congratulations, Florida legislators moved Friday to leave behind the infamous 2000 election with a bill that calls for better voting machines and new rules designed to lessen voters' confusion and ensure their ballots will be counted.
Lucy Morgan
The final spasms of business as usual
Welcome to chaos.

Legislature 2001
Regents close to extinction
An overhaul of the state's university system, replacing the regents with separate boards of trustees, awaits the House's okay.

Tax holiday, car seats among other provisions
TALLAHASSEE -- Stumbling toward the finish, the Florida Legislature on Friday night approved popular tax cuts and a $48-billion state budget that features modest spending increases for education and one-time bonuses for teachers.

Lawmakers lower the grading scale, expand vouchers
TALLAHASSEE -- For the first time since a statewide grading system was created 14 years ago, Florida's high school students may have an easier time making an A.

SPJC gets special status
As part of a statewide university overhaul, SPJC will get to offer four-year degrees. Also, boards of trustees will replace the regents.

Nursing home bill raises staffing, limits lawsuits
The Legislature passed the bill late Friday, sending the plan to the governor.

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