Sen. Nancy Detert
Senate leaders crafting new districts for the chamber in 2012 held confidential meetings to discuss maps with lawmakers before the maps were made public, while at the same time boasting about “the most open and transparent redistricting process in Florida’s history,” according to court documents.
Amendments to a proposed map of Florida’s congressional districts were revealed Wednesday, just a day before hearings in the House and Senate on the matter.
After an impassioned debate, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restore a popular adoption-subsidies program — while repealing a 38-year-old law that banned gay adoption.
An effort to revamp the state’s approach to attracting film and television production is moving forward in the House and Senate, after Republican lawmakers openly panned the plan’s most vocal critic.
As lawmakers continue efforts to shore up the front lines of Florida’s child-protection system, they are also eyeing the back end — that is, what happens to children who have been removed from family homes due to abuse and neglect.
A Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at protecting Florida seniors from predatory “professional guardians,” described by one lawmaker as “cockroaches.”
A new bill meant to increase adoptions of foster kids in Florida unanimously passed its first panel on Thursday.
A bill that would give teens and young adults in foster care greater access to driver’s licenses unanimously passed its first Senate panel on Tuesday.
A proposal that could ban people from smoking in parks where children play moved easily through its first Senate test on Thursday.
With the slim metal tubes becoming a trendy alternative to regular cigarettes, a Senate committee Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.