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.
The Florida House and Senate are prepared to vote Thursday on each chamber’s preferred version of the 2015 state budget.
Florida consumers dealing with insurance companies may not get added protection due to trouble with state legislators.