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legislature 2000 Follow the Times’ ongoing coverage of this year's session

May 6, 2000

Session closes with tax cuts, 62 farewells
The $50.9-billion budget has something for everyone, including more money for education and at least 20 tax breaks.

Bill ends exhaust tests
The plan ends emissions testing in Pinellas, Hillsborough and four other counties, but the tradeoff may be millions lost in federal aid.

Everglades cleanup bill passes
More than a dozen bills that would have weakened environmental laws die at the legislative session's end.

The history of the deal, a future full of question
Senate President Toni Jennings swapped a new medical school for Florida State University for two law schools at Florida A & M University and Florida International University.

Spring training funds given a green light
The bill to finance stadium renovations -- including facilities in Clearwater and Dunedin -- goes to Gov. Bush.

Pinellas university plan cut short
TALLAHASSEE -- In the end, state Sen. Don Sullivan didn't get the new university he so badly wants in St. Petersburg.

Seniors are a step away from lower drug bills
A measure that would give senior citizens cheaper prescriptions needs only Gov. Jeb Bush's signature.

Lawmakers pass ban on new fees
The bill limits impact fees to finance schools. It excludes Pasco County.

Bill protects tobacco payments
Anti-smoking advocates say lawmakers are shielding tobacco companies, which face punitive damages.

Legislative briefs
Officials pass tepid ethics bill

Law schools, One Florida converge as all claim victory
Gov. Jeb Bush associates his overhaul of affirmative action with efforts to establish two new law schools.


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