Florida Senate

Senate Committe Votes To Remove Confederate Flag From FL Seal
Senate Panel Wants Answers From DOH On Children's Health ProgramsA Florida Senate panel on Wednesday demanded answers from a state Department of Health official about how many special-needs children have recently lost services as the state transitions to a new Medicaid system --- and why.
Senate Committee Buys Into Back-To-School Tax HolidayA measure to again give Florida shoppers a 10-day "sales-tax holiday" on back-to-school items easily won support Monday in its first Senate committee.
Employee Social Media Privacy Gets BackingMost employees and job seekers could refuse to turn over private user names and passwords for social media sites without retribution, under a revived measure approved by a Senate panel Monday.
Senate To Discuss Removing Confederate Flag From SealState senators are scheduled next week to begin considering whether to keep the Confederate flag on the Senate's official seal, another sign of a growing national tide against icons of the South's rebellion in the 1860s.
Bill Seeks To Cut Commercial Lease TaxDescribing the proposal as a "common-sense approach," a House Republican has filed a bill that would reduce a controversial sales tax on commercial leases.
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.
House Map-Drawers Defend Congressional DistrictsLegislative aides who drew a map of congressional districts backed by the state House defended the plan in court Thursday, even as they conceded that other alternatives might also be good maps or have positive qualities.
Detert To Leave Senate Early For County Commission BidState Sen. Nancy Detert will end her legislative career in 2016 --- two years before term limits would have forced her to step down --- and run for the Sarasota County Commission.
Judge To Sort Out Congressional District Map MessLeon County District Judge Terry Lewis will try and sort out the political mess left due to squabbling over the state's 27 congressional districts at a trial this week.
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.
Bill To Allow Guns On University Campuses Moves ForwardLawmakers will once again consider allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on state university campuses.