Bills Call For Compensation Of Sexual Assault VictimSenate Republicans this week filed two bills that call for spending about six million to compensate sexual-assault victims because of the negligence of state agencies.
Lawmakers Add Cash Infusion For Children's ProgramAfter worries about cuts earlier in the year, legislative leaders have agreed to pour $13 million into the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays.
State Leaders Look To Pass Mental Health Reform In 2016As they reviewed legislative issues affecting children, lawmakers and state agency heads said this week they will push again in 2016 for two key bills that died in the abrupt end to this spring's regular session.
Facing South Florida: The 2015 Florida Special Legislative SessionJim and his guests look ahead to the special session, set for June first, during which time legislators must approve a budget.
State Senate Shows "Solidarity" Against Cuba DiplomacyAfter sometimes-emotional discussion, the Florida Senate went on the record Tuesday opposing President Obama's decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Health Expansion, LIP Program Divide Budget ProposalsIn a move that creates a $5 billion divide with the House, the Senate released a budget proposal Thursday that banks on expanding health-care coverage for low-income Floridians and extending a critical funding program for hospitals.
Health Dept. Slashes "Early Steps" Admin JobsBlaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.
Critics Warn Cuts Will Harm Services To ToddlersBlaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.
State Senate Panel Supports KidCare For Immigrant ChildrenAfter lawmakers scuttled the idea last year, a Senate committee has backed a proposal to help immigrant children get health coverage in the KidCare program.
State: Old Medicaid System For Kids 'No Longer Exists'Arguing that Medicaid has undergone a transformation, state officials pushed back Wednesday against a federal judge's finding that Florida has not properly provided health care to low-income children.
Fire Destroys Miramar BarnFirefighters responded to a fire inside of a barn Sunday night.
Gov. Scott Presents UM With $1M For AIDS ResearchGov. Rick Scott and Sen. Rene Garcia presented the University of Miami with a check for $1 million for HIV/AIDS research Monday morning.