The Florida House and Senate are prepared to vote Thursday on each chamber’s preferred version of the 2015 state budget.
The House is poised to approve a $75.3 billion budget proposal after several hours of at-times testy but mostly tame debate Wednesday about the spending plan for the year that begins July 1.
A National Rifle Association-backed measure to allow people without concealed weapons licenses to pocket their guns during emergencies squeaked out of the Senate committee where it has been on hold for two weeks.
Allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates cleared what was expected to be a major hurdle in the Senate, with the Judiciary Committee giving overwhelming approval Tuesday to the election-year proposal that has divided Republicans.
Florida consumers dealing with insurance companies may not get added protection due to trouble with state legislators.
The date for Florida legislators to begin their session could be moved up a bit for 2016.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $74.9 billion budget Thursday that would increase spending on public education, bankroll water projects in the Everglades system — and send a shot across the bow of the Florida College System.
A Florida House panel spent months on a sweeping measure that would ensure services for sex-trafficking victims, but the bill is stalled in the Senate over one issue — a proposal to detain some victims for months to keep them from returning to their pimps.
A measure that could raise the speed limits by 5 mph on Florida roads zipped through its final Senate stop on Thursday, despite bumping up against Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Negron.
The Florida Senate will try to entice private insurance companies to sell flood policies in the Sunshine State to homes that are vulnerable to storm surge.