Mark Pafford

Florida Legislators Return To Draw New Maps Once AgainFlorida's Republican-controlled Legislature, stung by a harshly worded ruling from the state's highest court, returns to the state Capitol this week for a 12-day special session to draw up new congressional districts.
Lingering Issues Raise Possibility Of Another SessionOfficially, as of Tuesday, there will be 85 days left until the Legislature returns to the Capitol for committee meetings and 203 days left until the 2016 legislative session begins. But even as a special session to deal with the state budget finally came to an end Friday, there were questions about whether another session might become necessary this year.
House Backs Off Bonding For Education, EnvironmentHouse leaders backed off a request for tens of millions of dollars in bonding for education and environmental projects Thursday, removing one of the stumbling blocks to a final deal on a state spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.
House, Senate Still Stuck In Health DebateA rare June special session began Monday with legislative leaders promising to get done with the unfinished business left over from their annual spring meeting: passing a spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.
Lower LIP Funding Sets Stage For Session DebateFlorida can anticipate about $1 billion in funding for a health-care program at the center of a state budget standoff, a high-ranking federal official wrote in a letter Thursday, giving lawmakers a better idea of what to expect when they begin a special session next month.
House Passes Abortion Waiting Period BillWith the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.
Education Changes Approved By HouseCharter schools would get more construction funding, class-size penalties would be relaxed and school districts would be encouraged to enact dress codes under a series of education bills approved Friday by the Florida House.
Lawmakers Wade Into Amendment 1 Policy, Funding With the start of Florida's legislative session looming, one of the first issues to be taken up will be new rules on the state's waters.
Scott Rarely Wielded Veto Pen In 2014Gov. Scott signed the last bill left over from the spring legislative session on Wednesday, leaving unscathed an almost historically high amount of the legislation approved this year.
Nelson No Longer Coy About Governor’s RaceAfter months of playing coy, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for the first time on Tuesday publicly acknowledged he is keeping open the option of running for governor.
House Cuts Proposed Raise For State WorkersState workers who were looking forward to a proposed $1,400 pay increase may have to do with less.
House Panel Approves Miami-Dade Syringe Exchange Program A pilot program for syringe and needle exchanges in Miami-Dade County in an effort to curb the spread of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis has received approval from a House subcommittee.
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