Sen. Nancy Detert
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.
A bill banning texting while driving was approved in its first committee Wednesday, but with exceptions.
A bill aimed at curbing the temptation to text while on the road was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday by a 10-0 vote.