Citizen Initiatives Will Be Harder To Get On Florida BallotFlorida Republicans have succeeded in making it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution under a bill Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Friday.
Florida Higher Education Aid Programs Face ChangesDuring this year’s legislative session, lawmakers eliminated grants that help students at some private colleges pay tuition and got rid of an annual textbook stipend for Bright Futures scholarship recipients.
Social Media Crackdown Legislation Headed To Governor Ron DesantisFlorida lawmakers Thursday night passed a plan to crack down on large social-media companies that block users from their platforms, giving a victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis on one of his top legislative priorities.
Passed By Florida Senate, Police Training Bill Touted As 'Good Start'With several Black lawmakers heralding what they described as a starting point to improve community interactions with police, the Florida Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that includes new use-of-force training requirements for officers.
Florida House Backs Social Media CrackdownAfter a debate that focused on free speech and former President Donald Trump, the Florida House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a proposal that would crack down on social-media giants that block users from their platforms.
Florida Lawmakers To Vote Friday On $101.5 Billion BudgetFlorida lawmakers will be able to vote Friday afternoon on a record $101.5 billion budget for the upcoming year and end the regular legislative session on time.
Controversial Vote-By-Mail Changes Approved By Florida SenateWith Democrats likening the measure to Jim Crow-era practices aimed at keeping Black people from voting, the state Senate on Monday passed an elections package that would make it harder for Floridians to cast ballots by mail.
Florida House Approves Legal Protections To Keep Colleges From Being Sued Over CoronavirusThe Florida House on Wednesday passed a wide-ranging higher education bill that, in part, would protect colleges and universities from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
Unclear How Florida Legislators Will Spend Additional $400 Million In Federal Medicaid FundsFlorida is getting another boost in federal money after the Biden administration extended a public-health emergency, but it’s unclear if the Republican-controlled Legislature will use the extra cash to bolster health care spending.
Plan On Police Training Standards Moves Forward In Florida LegislatureA bipartisan proposal to add hiring standards and bolster “use of force” training for police and correctional officers began moving forward Thursday in the House.
Unemployment System Changes Go To Full Florida HouseA bill is ready to go to the Florida House that would require upgrading the state’s online unemployment system, which largely crashed last spring amid a crush of claims caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florida House Condemns Democratic Socialism In ResolutionThe Florida House took the unusual step of denouncing democratic socialism Tuesday with the sponsor of a non-binding resolution.
Florida Senate Could Scale Back Elections BillThe Senate sponsor of a sweeping elections package is backing down from an effort to do away with ballot drop boxes, but critics maintain the proposal still contains unnecessary provisions that would make it harder for Floridians to vote by mail.
Florida Policing Changes Stalled As Legislative Session Winds DownAfter the Florida Legislative Black Caucus rolled out a slew of policing reform bills in February, many of the measures have not been heard in committees as time winds down on the 60-day legislative session.
Florida House To Take Up Transgender Athlete BanThe Florida House on Tuesday is slated to take up a controversial bill that would ban transgender females from taking part in girls’ or women’s high-school and college sports.