GOP Lawmakers Take Aim At Ballot InitiativesA pair of proposals approved Monday by a House committee would make it harder for organizations to get future constitutional amendments on the ballot – and to pass them.
'Parents' Bill Of Rights' AdvancesProposals to codify in state law a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” related to what families are entitled to know about their children's education and health care are advancing in the House and Senate, as the 2021 legislative session gets underway.
Florida Elections Take Shape As Qualifying EndsAs Democrats hope to dent Republican majorities in both legislative chambers, the major parties will clash in 96 of 120 state House seats and 17 of 20 Senate contests, according to data posted by the Florida Division of Elections after the qualifying ended Friday at noon.
Florida Coronavirus Update: Legislative Leaders Bank On Reserves To Weather StormLegislative leaders maintain the state has enough money in reserves to get through the initial economic hit from the coronavirus, as Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis wants state analysts to quickly update revenue forecasts.
AG Ashley Moody: Florida Supreme Court Should Consider Marijuana IssueSplitting from the Senate, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office says the Florida Supreme Court should decide whether a recreational-marijuana constitutional amendment can go before voters.
Major Health Care Issues Teed Up In SenateThe Senate on Tuesday took up three House health care priorities, teeing them up for votes and potentially clearing the way for public budget negotiations to resume.
House Balks At E-Verify 'Compromise'As the 2020 legislative session draws to a close, the House and Senate are in a standoff over a politically charged immigration proposal that is a top priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Florida Lawmakers Resolve Key Budget IssuesAs Florida lawmakers inch toward a budget deal, House and Senate leaders on Saturday announced they had reached agreement on a number of key issues, including pay raises for state workers, funding for Visit Florida and leaving intact the affordable-housing trust fund.
Several States, Conservative Groups Back Gov. DeSantis In Florida Felons’ Voting FightThe legal wrangling over a 2019 Florida law about restoring voting rights to felons continues to draw national attention, as 10 states and two conservative groups have filed briefs backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Disabilities Program Part Of Health Care End GameWhile House Speaker Jose Oliva is using health care as a bargaining chip to end the 2020 legislative session, Senate Republican leaders have their own health-care priorities they want resolved in the waning days.
Lawmakers Fast-Track Votes On Domestic Violence ContractFlorida legislators are speeding to repeal a law that requires the state to contract with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an organization whose leadership has been accused of using millions of taxpayer dollars for salaries and compensation rather than domestic-abuse services.
Senate Tees Up Sentencing ChangesThe Senate is poised to pass a bill that would loosen sentencing laws for certain drug-trafficking offenses, after approving revisions on Wednesday that were drafted with the help of Attorney General Ashley Moody's office.
House Poised To Pass Parental ConsentThe Florida House on Wednesday teed up for final passage a bill that would require parental consent before minors could have abortions.
Proposed Florida Bill Would Regulate Vape ShopsThe vaping industry in Florida is embracing a proposed bill that would regulate the industry in the state.
‘Parents Bill Of Rights’ Backed In HouseA bill that would create a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” to offer parents more control over issues such as their children’s education and health care was approved by a House committee Thursday.