Jun 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – Dozens of Florida women held a news conference in Tallahassee today to urge Gov. Charlie Crist to sign HB 1143, a health care bill with pro-life provisions awaiting the governor's action, according to a news release from the group.
May 5, 2010
Pro-family forces urge supporters to contact governor
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – Pro-family groups are rallying their forces to urge Gov. Charlie Crist to sign a bill that contains two pro-life provisions, while one news outlet reports the governor has “very serious concerns,” pointing to a possible veto.
Apr 27, 2010
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—The Florida Legislature has easily approved major gambling expansion legislation, sending the bill to the governor, after limited debate in the Senate and House in successive weeks.
Meanwhile, several bills of interest to pro-family leaders may not become law as the Legislature moves towards its April 30 scheduled adjournment of the session.
Apr 20, 2010
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – The Florida House of Representatives expedited consideration and approval of a $1 billion gambling compact with the Seminole Indian Tribe on April 19, sending the bill to Gov. Charlie Crist for his signature.
Apr 15, 2010
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) - The Florida Senate today overwhelmingly approved with little debate a gambling bill whose centerpiece is an agreement with the Seminole Indian Tribe promising $1 billion to the state over the next five years in exchange for Las Vegas slot machines and certain table games at five of the tribe’s seven casinos.
Apr 7, 2010
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – With the Florida Senate and a House of Representatives committee poised to approve on Thursday a new gambling expansion deal, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley said "now is the time" for Florida Baptists to speak.
Mar 23, 2010
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Florida Baptist Convention Legislative Consultant Bill Bunkley continues to express concern about gambling expansion during the current legislative session, while he continues to monitor and speak to other legislation of concern to Florida Baptists.
Summarizing recent gambling activity, Bunkley told Florida Baptist Witness March 20, the fact that no public action has taken place on gambling legislation in the last week is only the “proverbial calm before the big storm as the rumor mill is churning with reports of House and Senate negotiators conducting serious talks with the Seminole Tribe, with the pari-mutuels along for the ride.”
Mar 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—A projected $3 billion budget deficit will dominate this year's state legislative session – increasing the threat that a gambling expansion for the Sunshine State may be in the making, according to Florida Baptist Convention Legislative Consultant Bill Bunkley.