House Speaker WIll Weatherford
Lawmakers passed an election-year budget of $77.1 billion — the largest state spending plan in history — before closing out the 2014 legislative session and heading home to campaign.
The idea to expand the main private school voucher program continues to struggle in the Florida Senate.
In another sign that the conservative House is warming to the plight of immigrants, the chamber gave overwhelming support Thursday to a proposal that would enable a Mexican-born Eagle Scout to practice law in Florida.
It’s coming down to the wire for Florida legislators in their current session. This week is their final week of their 60-day session and they still have lots of unfinished business, including whether to approve a strain of marijuana for medical use.
The first step toward allowing a Mexican national to get his law license despite the state Supreme Court saying he could not because he’s in the U.S. unlawfully has been taken by the Florida Senate.
An 11th-hour amendment could revive legislation dealing with the state’s de facto voucher system, boosting the chances for one of House Speaker Will Weatherford’s priorities after it was left for dead.
The state’s House and Senate are prepared to begin negotiations Monday night on a roughly $75 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is objecting to an abstinence-based proposal that would let judges order twice-daily breath tests instead of ignition interlock devices for repeat DUI offenders.
New campaign finance reports, filed this week, show that millions flowed into the campaign accounts of Florida’s two main political parties during the first three months of 2014.
The state’s House stripped a key component of a measure which expands the state’s de facto voucher system, but swatted away Democrats’ attempts to make other changes to the bill, setting up a vote as soon as Friday.