After rejecting a series of Democratic amendments, the Republican-dominated Senate prepared Thursday to give final approval to a bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.
With the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.
The state’s House has gave final approval to a bill that would extend regulations on pain-management clinics, sending the issue to Gov. Rick Scott.
Despite narrow approval by a House committee Tuesday, odds remain long that lawmakers will sign off on a gambling proposal that could do away with dog racing, pave the way for Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida and open the door for slot machines in Lee and Palm Beach counties.
Florida House leaders met behind closed doors Tuesday while Senate leaders held a special hearing in an attempt to agree on Medicaid and finalize a budget as the need for a special session seemed imminent.
After approving a limited exemption for victims of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking, a Senate committee Monday supported a bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before receiving abortions.
The House is set to take up a controversial bill on Tuesday that would make women wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.
The Florida House passed a bill that would make people who solicit prostitutes pay up even more.
The House is expected to take up a bill Wednesday that would lead to online voter registration in Florida.
Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes, a longtime critic of red-light cameras, is expected to propose tightening requirements on local governments that use the traffic devices.