School Voucher Expansion Ready For Vote In Florida SenateA sweeping proposal to combine Florida’s five major school-voucher programs into two and establish them as taxpayer-backed “education savings accounts” is now teed up for consideration by the full Senate.
Florida Senate Eyes Proposal On Police Drone UseWith some lawmakers expressing concerns about privacy rights, the Florida Senate could be poised to consider allowing law-enforcement agencies to use aerial drones to help with traffic management, collecting crime-scene evidence and eyeing large crowds.
Florida Senate Ready To Weigh Online Sales Tax PlanA proposal is ready to go before the Senate that could cut deeply into the state’s revenue shortfall by requiring many out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.
'Grandparent Tuition Waiver' Moves In The Florida LegislatureA proposal is advancing in the Florida House that would allow high-performing students who live outside of Florida to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities if their grandparents reside in the Sunshine State.
Florida Lawmakers Face Challenges As 60-Day Session BeginsFlorida lawmakers will take up their 60-day session, as it begins on Tuesday. They will be dealing with the coronavirus, budget questions, anti-riot legislation and an attempt to reign in large technology companies.
Florida Senate Bill Would Add Gender, Gender ID To Hate Crime LawUnder a bill approved by a Florida Senate committee Tuesday, Florida's hate crime law could be expanded to create enhanced penalties for people who commit offenses against someone based on their gender or gender identity.
What Happened To Nearly 90,000 'Missing' Public School Students? Florida Lawmakers, School Officials Looking Into ItFlorida legislators and local education officials are trying to pinpoint what happened to nearly 90,000 “missing” public school students, as public school enrollment estimates have dropped amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Protections Sought For 'Essential,' Front-Line Employees In FloridaAs the Republican-led Florida Legislature moves quickly to provide broad COVID-19 liability limits for businesses, some lawmakers say additional protections should be provided for “essential” and front-line employees showing up for work.
Florida Online Sales Tax Collection Proposal Goes To Senate CommitteeA proposal that would require more online sellers to collect Florida sales taxes and turn the money over to the state will appear Monday before the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.
Fracking Ban Proposal Re-Emerges In FloridaAfter the issue made little progress last year, Florida Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, began a renewed effort Tuesday to ban fracking in Florida.
Florida House, Senate Leaders Set COVID-19 RulesState legislative leaders Friday released contrasting COVID-19 protocols for upcoming committee meetings, with the Senate setting up an off-site area where the public can view and participate in meetings amid the pandemic.
Republican Leaders In Florida House, Senate Look At Climate Change PlansPlanning work to address flooding from rising sea levels, similar to how the state maps out road and bridge projects for five years, is being considered by the new Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate.
What Happens In Florida If 'Obamacare' Is Struck Down?If the Trump administration and a group of states, including Florida, successfully scuttle Obamacare after next week’s election, the Republican-controlled state Legislature has a plan.
More Than Two Dozen Florida Bills Await Action From Gov. Ron DeSantisA final batch of bills approved this year by the Legislature, many scheduled to become law October 1st, continue to await a call from Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Worker Verification Bill Goes To Florida Governor Ron DeSantisA bill that would allow many businesses to decide whether to use the federal E-Verify system to check the immigration status of new hires is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis.