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.
House Vote-By-Mail Proposal Gets OverhaulA controversial elections bill focused largely on the state’s vote-by-mail process underwent an overhaul Thursday in the Florida House, but critics say it still poses unnecessary barriers to voters.
Florida's Higher Ed Bill Adds Tuition Breaks, Lawsuit ProtectionsCombining several higher-education proposals, a bill that would protect colleges and universities from coronavirus-related lawsuits and give tuition breaks to out-of-state students who have grandparents living in Florida is poised for a vote by the full House.
Florida House, Senate Budgets Differ On Stimulus MoneyFlorida House and Senate committees moved forward Wednesday with budget proposals that stand $2 billion apart and take different approaches to $10 billion in federal stimulus money headed to state government.
Proposals Moving In Florida Legislature That Would Allow Postponement Of Jury Duty In EmergenciesProposals are moving through the Legislature that would allow Floridians to postpone jury duty for a year during public-health emergencies and states of emergency.
Florida's 'Anti-Riot' Bill Faces Uncertain Fate In SenateA measure that would stiffen penalties against violent protesters that was approved in the state's House, but momentum could slow down considerably, and maybe even come to a screeching halt in the Senate, as lawmakers approach the midway point of their two-month session.
Online Sales Tax Plan Backed In Florida SenateThe Florida Senate on Thursday approved a proposal that would require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes, with the money slated to be used to help Florida business owners avoid increases in unemployment taxes.
Florida Lawmakers Again Looking At Vaping RegulationsMore than two years after the U.S. Surgeon General declared youth vaping an epidemic, Florida lawmakers again are working on an effort to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes.
Florida Senate Eyes Charter School ProposalA proposal that would allow state colleges and universities to authorize the creation of charter schools and sponsor the schools is advancing in the Florida Senate.
Florida Senate Panel Scales Back Bill That Would Have Reduced Bright Futures ScholarshipsA Florida Senate panel on Tuesday scaled back a bill that would have reduced Bright Futures scholarships for students pursuing certain degrees, but opponents are now focusing criticism on whether the measure will jeopardize future funding for the program.
GOP Continues Push To Rewrite Florida's Vote-By-Mail SystemRepublicans in the Florida Legislature continued their drive to rewrite the state’s vote-by-mail system, despite acknowledging that the state's presidential contest last fall was a national model.