House Aims To Approve Open-Carry BillThe House is expected to vote Wednesday to allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry sidearms in most public places.
Legislation Paves Way For Florida High School Free AgencyLegislation dealing with the Florida High School Athletic Association that's rapidly moving through the House and Senate is looking to create seismic changes in high school athletics programs.
Group Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Sheriff In Gun DebateThe Florida Sheriffs Association is pushing back against criticism targeting Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri for remarks he made last week opposing controversial legislation that would allow people with concealed-weapon licenses to openly carry guns.
Police Chiefs Will Back Revised Open-Carry BillAcknowledging "momentum" behind a proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry guns, the Florida Police Chiefs Association said Thursday its board of directors had voted to back the controversial measure --- as long as changes designed to protect law-enforcement officers are included.
Gardiner, Crisafulli Put Focus On People With DisabilitiesSenate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Wednesday they hope to pass a series of bills early in the 2016 legislative session that would expand educational and economic options for Floridians with disabilities.
Gaetz, Book Bring In Campaign CashIn the halls of the Florida Capitol, the names Gaetz and Book are almost universally recognized.
Lawmakers Question Study On New School TestLawmakers from both sides of the aisle have raised sharp questions about a study that Florida Department of Education officials say validated the state's controversial new standardized test for public-school students.
Justices Send Redistricting Battle To Lower CourtAfter lawmakers failed last month to agree on a congressional redistricting plan, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday sent the issue back to a circuit judge who will try to piece together a map that meets constitutional requirements.
Board Of Ed Asks For Record Per Student Funding IncreaseThe State Board of Education has decided to once again ask lawmakers for record per-student funding for public schools --- with the lion's share of the increase coming from local taxpayers.
Documents Show Private Discussions In Senate RedistrictingSenate leaders crafting new districts for the chamber in 2012 held confidential meetings to discuss maps with lawmakers before the maps were made public, while at the same time boasting about "the most open and transparent redistricting process in Florida's history," according to court documents.
Scott Slashes $461M From Budget, Draws Senate IREFlorida Governor Rick Scott slashed $461 million worth of projects from the budget passed by Florida lawmakers last week during a special session.
Florida Poised To Repeal 38-Year-Old Ban On Gay AdoptionThe Florida Senate gave a tentative approval to a bill that would give incentives to adopt children in state care as well as repeal a nearly 40-year-old ban on gay adoption.