Former US Navy Commander, Rep. Paul Renner To Take Reins As Florida House SpeakerRep. Paul Renner formally became the next speaker of the Florida House on Tuesday, as the Palm Coast Republican prepares to move into one of the most-powerful positions in the state after the 2022 elections.
Census Numbers Set Stage for Redrawing Florida DistrictsMonths overdue, key U.S. Census numbers were released Thursday that will allow Florida lawmakers to begin the process of redrawing congressional and legislative districts.
Federal Judge Blocks Social Media LawCalling it “riddled with imprecision and ambiguity,” a federal judge Wednesday blocked a new state law targeting social-media behemoths such as Facebook and Twitter that can strip politicians and other users from their platforms.
Judge Weighs Constitutionality Of Social Media LawA federal judge on Monday appeared skeptical about a new Florida law aimed at punishing social-media companies that strip users from their platforms or flag users’ content.
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.