Anti-Corruption Bill Faces Rocky Path In Florida LegislatureA major ethics and anti-corruption bill that advocates say is long overdue faces a rocky path in the Florida Legislature.
House Pushes Scaled-Back Pension ReformHouse leaders are gearing up to take another run at overhauling the pension system for state and county employees in the coming legislative session, potentially by tying the controversial changes to limited tweaks sought by the Senate.
Prosecuting Juveniles As Adults Draws Legislative DebateBills are moving in the House and Senate that would limit the ability of Florida prosecutors to charge juvenile offenders as adults, a legal practice known as "direct file."
Senate Again Focused On Uber Driver InsuranceThe Senate isn't ready to match a House proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating popular app-based transportation services, such as Uber and Lyft.
'Stand Your Ground' Bill Heads To Senate FloorA proposal that would shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law is poised to go to the full Senate after stalling in the House.
Prison Health Firm's Exit Leaves State Looking For AnswersFlorida prisons chief Julie Jones is considering hiring temp agencies to fill in the gap after Corizon Health officials decided to walk away from the largest prison health-care contract in the country.
Bill Takes Aim At Prosecuting Juveniles As AdultsA Florida House panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would limit the ability of prosecutors to charge juveniles as adults --- as supporters vowed to press for further reforms as the issue moves through the Legislature.
'Stand Your Ground' Bill Still Moving In SenateA proposal that would change the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases is holding on for dear life after nearly dissipating in the House. The bill is now slated to go to the Senate Rules Committee.
Plaintiffs Back Off Changes To Tampa-Area DistrictsA coalition of voting-rights organizations has withdrawn two state Senate redistricting proposals it had submitted to a Leon County judge, virtually ensuring that at least one district will cross Tampa Bay when the legal fight ends.
Pot Proposals For Terminally Ill Push ForwardMeasures that would legalize full-strength medical marijuana for terminally ill patients received preliminary approval from House and Senate committees Tuesday, but not before one version underwent a major change that could have a dramatic impact on the state's current cannabis law.
House Freedom Caucus Says It Supports Ryan For SpeakerFractious conservatives resisted Paul Ryan's appeals to rally around him for House speaker Wednesday, suggesting fresh trouble ahead in the Republican-on-Republican struggle between pragmatists and purists. The fight has rendered Congress almost dysfunctional and shaken the party's presidential campaign.
Ryan To Seek Speakership If House GOP Unifies Behind HimWisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate — an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House.
House Leader Casts Doubt On Background-Check BillThe chairman of a key House panel says a controversial bill about background checks for workers at after-school programs won't get a hearing "in its current form" from his committee.
Lingering Issues Raise Possibility Of Another SessionOfficially, as of Tuesday, there will be 85 days left until the Legislature returns to the Capitol for committee meetings and 203 days left until the 2016 legislative session begins. But even as a special session to deal with the state budget finally came to an end Friday, there were questions about whether another session might become necessary this year.
Budget Votes Finally Send Lawmakers HomeAfter two sessions, 108 days and one rancorous health-care debate, the final gavels fell Friday in the House and Senate following approval of a $78.7 billion budget that settled few of the issues dividing the Capitol.