Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady GuardiansA Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors' assets.
Justices Send Redistricting Battle To Lower CourtAfter lawmakers failed last month to agree on a congressional redistricting plan, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday sent the issue back to a circuit judge who will try to piece together a map that meets constitutional requirements.
Documents Show Private Discussions In Senate RedistrictingSenate 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 Redistricting Plan RevealedAmendments 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.
Senate Backs Adoption Incentives; Repeals Gay Adoption BanAfter 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.
Lawmakers Pan Critics Of Film, TV RemakeAn 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.
Lawmakers Eye Reduction In Group Care For Foster KidsAs 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.
Bill Seeks To Stop 'Cockroaches' From Preying On SeniorsA Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at protecting Florida seniors from predatory "professional guardians," described by one lawmaker as "cockroaches."
Lawmakers Look To Increase Adoptions Of Foster KidsA new bill meant to increase adoptions of foster kids in Florida unanimously passed its first panel on Thursday.
Senate Bill Could Help Hand Car Keys To Kids In Foster Care 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.
Playground Smoking Ban Swings Through Senate Committee A proposal that could ban people from smoking in parks where children play moved easily through its first Senate test on Thursday.
E-Cigarette Ban For Minors Backed By Senate Committee 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.