Florida Senate

Lawmaker Backs Tougher Penalties For Terror ThreatsA central Florida lawmaker wants tougher penalties for anyone caught making a 'terror threat'.
Senate Wants Outside Expert To Draw District MapSaying the move would save time and money in the search for a constitutional redistricting plan, the Florida Senate has asked a Leon County judge to appoint an outside expert to draw a map of the chamber's 40 districts.
Senate Offers To Add Support For Kids With DisabilitiesA Senate panel is looking at ways to help Early Steps, a program that serves young children with developmental disabilities and delays.
Court: University Of Florida Can Ban Guns In Dorm RoomsAn appeals court may have just helped empty the loaded question of whether or not guns should be allowed on campus, or at least jammed it for now.
Senate Changes Map Amid Miami-Dade QuestionsThe political realities of redistricting burst into the open Tuesday, as the Senate approved a proposal increasing the Hispanic share of three of the chamber's South Florida seats over objections from Democrats who argued the move was an attempt to prevent incumbents from running against each other.
Senate Bill Seeks Faster DNA Tests In Sex AssaultsA state senator from Ft. Myers has filed a bill that could help speed up lab testing of evidence in suspected sexual-assault cases.
Senators Joust Over Maps Ahead Of Key VoteOne day before a high-stakes committee meeting, there were few signs Thursday that state senators were any closer to agreement on how the chamber's 40 districts should be drawn or numbered to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning political gerrymandering.
Chairman Releases Redistricting Plan Amid Numbers ControversyThe chairman of the state Senate committee charged with redrawing districts for the 40-member chamber released his proposed draft of the map late Wednesday, as Republican discontent with a plan for whether and when members would have to run for re-election continued to brew.
Senate Still Skeptical About Scott Corporate Cash DemandsState senators still aren't buying Gov. Rick Scott's argument that Florida's business recruitment agency is running short of the cash needed to close corporate relocation deals.
Gun Measures On The Move In SenatePeople with concealed-weapons licenses would be able to openly display handguns in Florida and would be able to carry firearms on state college and university campuses, under measures approved by separate Senate committees Tuesday.
Senate To Remove Confederate Flag From SealWithout a formal vote, the Florida Senate has agreed to strip the Confederate battle flag from its official seal, removing one of the few remaining vestiges of the infamous icon in state government.
It's Map-Drawing Time Again For Florida LegislatorsIf only it was as simple as “X” marks the spot. Because if it was, the Florida Legislature wouldn’t have to meet for the third special session of the year to draw up new maps for 40 state Senate districts.
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