Adoption Changes Get Unanimous Senate SuppportThe state's Senate unanimously approved a bill aimed at allowing judges to take the "best interests" of children into account when making adoption decisions.
Florida Senator Pushing For State To Boost Film, TV IndustryThis week, an influential senator stated "as loudly as I can" that the state needs to provide assistance for the film and television industry, as lawmakers review Gov. Rick Scott's push for $250 million in business-recruitment incentives.
Mom Of Girl Found Dead Accused Of Abusing 5 Kids For YearsDocuments released by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office revealed child welfare investigators went several times to a home, at times infested with rats and roaches, where a girl was found dead in a freezer. The documents also stated the mother of the girl was accused of beating her five children for years.
DCF Secretary Points To 'System Failure' In Child DeathsFlorida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll told a Senate panel Thursday that the state's child-protection system appears to have failed two children whose bodies were found in recent days.
Senate Still Skeptical About Scott Corporate Cash DemandsState senators still aren't buying Gov. Rick Scott's argument that Florida's business recruitment agency is running short of the cash needed to close corporate relocation deals.
Scott Keeps Pressure On Lawmakers For Business IncentivesGov. Rick Scott continues putting pressure on lawmakers to attract more companies to Florida and has advised business owners to do the same.
Senate Committee Buys Into Back-To-School Tax HolidayA measure to again give Florida shoppers a 10-day "sales-tax holiday" on back-to-school items easily won support Monday in its first Senate committee.
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.
Detert Set To Call 'Action' On Film, TV IncentivesSenate Commerce and Tourism Chairwoman Nancy Detert plans to continue trying to bolster Florida's film and television incentives program as a legislative report indicates the industry is in decline because of competition from Georgia and Louisiana.
Lawmakers Working On Fix To Extended Foster CareThe sponsor of Florida's 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.
Gov. Scott Signs Texting While Driving Bill In MiamiFlorida’s new texting while driving ban became official on Tuesday at Gov. Rick Scott’s bill signing ceremony in Miami.
Gov. Scott To Sign Texting While Driving Bill In Miami Florida’s new texting while driving ban will become official on Tuesday at Gov. Rick Scott’s bill signing ceremony in Miami.