The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It’s all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, “bills are dying.”
A bill which passed the House Wednesday, would limit litigants who file a case against a nursing home.
House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.
Lawmakers began meeting as joint House and Senate negotiating committees late Monday, starting a weeklong sprint to craft a final spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.
A long-sought effort to regulate Florida’s commercial parasailing industry has been weighed down in the House with tethered kite boarding and moored ballooning.
The House approved a bill Friday that would dramatically expand the ranks of students eligible for the state’s de facto school-voucher system, sending the proposal headlong into a squabble between House and Senate leaders over how to measure the program’s effects.
A bill passed by the Florida Legislature would no longer allow school districts to collect student data like fingerprints.
People needing to evacuate their home during an emergency are a step closer to being able to carry a concealed weapon.
Changes to retirement plans covering hundreds of thousands of public employees started coming together Thursday on both sides of the Capitol, raising the prospects of success on long-stymied issues.
Under a proposal approved Thursday by a House committee as part of an all-inclusive health-care bill, the Miami-Dade County Commission could lose power to approve labor contracts with employees at Jackson Memorial Hospital.