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Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a state government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She has been with the Miami Herald since 2006. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall. She holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (850) 222-3095

Email: kmcgrory@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

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  1. Florida Senate reverses itself on immigration lawsuit

    Blog

    The Florida Senate voted Wednesday to block Attorney General Pam Bondi from challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration.

    And then it changed its mind.

    The change of heart happened during a discussion of the proposed $80.4 billion state budget.

    Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, asked to include language prohibiting state money from being used to join a Texas lawsuit against Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program grants temporary deportation relief to undocumented young adults who arrived in the United States as children....

  2. Feds gave "positive" feedback on Medicaid proposal, senator says

    Blog

    ReneState Sen. René García, R-Hialeah, left Washington Tuesday feeling "encouraged" by his conversations with federal health officials, he said....

  3. Abortion bill advances with minimal discussion

    Blog

    After 20 minutes of rushed discussion Tuesday, a Senate panel approved a plan that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

    The party-line vote took place at the end of a Senate Health Policy Committee meeting, which also included a discussion on medical marijuana. Only one senator had time to speak about the abortion bill, along with just two of the 32 citizens who had signed up to testify....

  4. School guns bill suffers setback in Florida Senate

    State Roundup

    A contentious proposal that would let designated teachers bring their guns to school suffered a serious setback Tuesday when a Senate panel declined to vote on it.

    Because the Senate Education Committee won't meet again, the bill (SB 180) won't have another opportunity for a committee hearing. It could still be incorporated into another proposal, but Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said he would raise strong objections....

  5. Senate panel approves 24-hour waiting period for abortions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After 20 minutes of rushed discussion Tuesday, a Senate panel approved a plan that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

    The party-line vote took place at the end of a Senate Health Policy Committee, which also included a discussion on medical marijuana. Only one senator had time to speak about the bill, along with just two of the 32 citizens who had signed up to testify on the abortion bill....

  6. Senate panel delivers blow to Florida school guns bill

    Blog

    A contentious proposal that would let designated teachers bring their guns to school suffered a serious setback Tuesday when a Senate panel declined to vote on it.

    Because the Senate Education Committee won't meet again, the bill (SB 180) won't have another opportunity for a committee hearing. It could still be incorporated into another proposal, but Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said he would raise strong objections....

  7. School guns bill suffers setback in Florida Senate

    Blog

    A contentious proposal that would let designated teachers bring their guns to school suffered a serious setback Tuesday when a Senate panel declined to vote on it.

    Because the Senate Education Committee won't meet again, the bill (SB 180) won't have another opportunity for a committee hearing. It could still be incorporated into another proposal, but Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said he would raise strong objections....

  8. Florida senators ask feds for guidance on health care

    Blog

    ReneWondering why Sens. René García, R-Hialeah, and Garrett Richter, R-Naples, aren't in Tallahassee today?...

  9. Business group thanks Senate for 'bold leadership' on Medicaid expansion

    Blog

    One day after a conservative advocacy group sent out mailers attacking the senators who support Medicaid expansion, a coalition of business leaders released a video thanking the Senate for its "bold leadership and courage."...

  10. Lawmakers advance plan to curb youth arrests

    Blog

    A Florida House panel on Monday gave its overwhelming support to a proposal seeking to reduce youth arrests by expanding civil citation programs.

    The 11-1 vote in the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee came on the same day St. Petersburg city officials rolled out a new "Second Chance" program to steer young people away from the criminal justice system.

    "It appears to me that all across this state, people are realizing we should not criminalize, we should not have knee-jerk reactions and make arrests when there are more appropriate consequences," said state Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg....

  11. Florida House moves to reduce youth arrests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida House panel on Monday gave its overwhelming support to a proposal seeking to reduce youth arrests by expanding civil-citation programs.

    The 11-1 vote in the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee came on the same day St. Petersburg city officials rolled out a new "Second Chance" program to steer young people away from the criminal justice system.

    "It appears to me that all across this state, people are realizing we should not criminalize, we should not have knee-jerk reactions and make arrests when there are more appropriate consequences," state Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg said....

    There are
other solutions to youth crime, Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, said.
  12. A grieving father's quest to change Florida law

    Blog

    Pool2On a warm day last April, exactly one week after his seventh birthday, Calder Sloan plunged into the pool behind his North Miami home....

  13. A Florida father fights to turn pool tragedy into legislation

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — On a warm day last April, exactly one week after his 7th birthday, Calder Sloan plunged into the pool behind his North Miami home.

    He raced underwater toward the light in the deep end, as he had done dozens of times before. But when he reached out his arm and touched his target, an intense electrical current shot through his body, springing him airborne and stopping his heart....

    Christopher Sloan, at his Keystone Point home on April 17, 2014. His son, Calder, 7, was electrocuted in the pool April 13, 2014, possibly due to faulty wiring of the pool light. (Miami Herald)
  14. Florida House approves controversial bill to divert district funds to charter schools

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

    The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House to end the week. The others would:

    •Ease the penalties for schools that fail to comply with the constitutionally mandated limits on class size....

    Rep. Erik Fresen is personally connected to charters.
  15. Controversial charter school bill wins support in Florida House

    Blog

    Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

    The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House. The others would:

    * Ease the penalties for schools that fail to comply with the Constitutionally-mandated limits on class size;...