Florida Senate

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.
Lawmakers Submit Three Redistricting Maps For ConsiderationLawmakers have filed three potential maps of the state's 27 congressional districts for a Leon County judge to consider, as the deadline for turning plans into the court approached.
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.
Senate May Consider "Recovery Care" ProposalTaking up a health-care issue backed by House leaders, a Senate Republican on Thursday filed a bill that would allow patients to stay longer at ambulatory-surgical centers and allow the operation of "recovery care centers."
State Senate Given Deadline For Redistricting ResponseThe Florida Supreme Court has given the state Senate until the end of the week to respond to move by the House that would allow a circuit judge to consider congressional redistricting plans from both legislative chambers and other parties in a long-running lawsuit.