Florida Legislature

Miami Senator Files Family Leave BillA Senate Democrat has proposed a bill that would require employers to allow six weeks of paid family leave for workers after children are born or adopted.
Redistricting Ruling Could Come Next WeekAfter closing arguments in a three-day hearing over the shape of the state's congressional districts, a Leon County judge said he will try to choose a map to recommend to the Florida Supreme Court next week.
Gov. Scott Wants More Regulation Of HospitalsIn their 2016 session, the Florida legislature will consider more regulations sought by Gov. Rick Scott on the state's hospitals.
State Lawmakers Continue To Get WealthierBeing in the state's "part-time" Legislature might tax members' time, but for most it hasn't caused financial heartaches.
Bills Seeks Increased Regulations For Abortion ClinicsA House Republican has proposed increasing regulations on abortion clinics, requiring them to be licensed similar to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.
State May Add Road Rangers To "Move Over" LawDrivers would have to slow down or move over a lane when approaching a "Road Ranger" vehicle parked on the side of a road, under a proposal from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Changes Sought In State Law After Marriage RulingWith the U.S. Supreme Court ensuring that same-sex marriage is legal, a House Democrat has filed a bill to revamp part of Florida law that sets requirements for issuing marriage licenses.
Proposal Would Phase Out Commercial Rent TaxA House Republican wants to phase out a heavily discussed tax on the rental of commercial property over the next decade.
Senator Wants Tougher Texting-While-Driving LawFlorida's texting-while-driving ban would be strengthened under a proposal filed by Sen. Thad Altman for the 2016 legislative session.
Corporate Income Tax Cut Proposed In HouseIn an issue that has long been a priority of Gov. Rick Scott, a House Republican has filed a bill that would reduce corporate-income taxes.
Florida Attorney General Wants To Hire More AttorneysWith a growing number of cases, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she needs to hire more attorneys.
Bill Seeks Timely Testing Of Rape KitsA House Republican has filed a proposal that could help speed up testing of DNA evidence in new sexual-assault cases and also would address a large backlog of unanalyzed rape kits.