2020 Florida Legislative Session Dates SetWhile most sessions traditionally have started in March, voters last year passed a constitutional amendment that requires sessions to start in January in even-numbered years.
Florida Lawmakers Sign Off On Health Care ChangesThe Legislature on Monday approved a far-reaching bill that would affect how health care is delivered.
Florida Senate OKs Bill For Firefighter Cancer BenefitsFlorida fighters diagnosed with cancer are close to receiving a new package of benefits under a bill passed by the Senate.
Gov. DeSantis Upbeat About Education PrioritiesWith this year’s legislative session in its final three weeks, Gov. Ron DeSantis took time Monday to rally support for his education priorities at a Tampa Christian school.
Plan Would Allow Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez To Be Based In MiamiAt the request of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a legislative plan would allow Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez to be headquartered in Miami, where she resides, and use public dollars to go back and forth to Tallahassee.
Florida Legislature Bill Seeks To Impose Stricter Regulations On Cosmetic ProceduresComplications and even deaths of several out-of-state women in recent years have spiked concerns over safety of cosmetic procedures, prompting a bill before the Florida Legislature this year to impose stricter regulations.
Florida Legislature Moves To Offer Added Protection To Police Dogs, HorsesPenalties would increase for people who injure or kill dogs or horses that work with police officers and other first responders, under measures moving through the Legislature.
Abortion Parental Consent Law For Minors Proposed In Florida SenateA Senate Republican has proposed a measure that would require minors to receive the consent of their parents or guardians before having abortions.
Florida House Balks At Total Repeal Of Pot Smoking BanFlorida House leaders have rolled out a proposal that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana, but only after going through what one critic called a “bureaucratic mess of red tape.”
Florida School Leaders Face Hurricane, Security IssuesWith the annual legislative session nearing, lawmakers and education leaders likely will have to grapple with the fallout of Hurricane Michael on Northwest Florida school districts and continued questions about how to bolster school safety throughout the state.
Florida Senate Pays $900,000 To Legislative Aide Who Says She Was Sexually HarrassedMore than a year after sexual-harassment allegations brought down a powerful lawmaker, the Florida Senate has reached a $900,000 settlement with a legislative aide who said she was harassed and later faced retaliation.
Lawmaker Targets Smoking On BeachesA Senate Republican on Wednesday filed a proposal that would make it illegal for people to smoke on public beaches.
High-Stakes Marijuana Ruling Placed On Hold In FloridaIn a closely watched case, an appeals court this week agreed to put on hold a circuit judge’s ruling that said Florida lawmakers and the state Department of Health have violated a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.
Bill Would Set Aside $110 Million For Parkland LawsuitsRep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek, proposed a bill Wednesday that would set aside $110 million next year for settlement of lawsuits stemming from the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Bill Seeks To Protect Mama BearsBlack bears whose cubs weigh less than 100 pounds would be off-limits if the state conducts bear hunts in the future, under a measure revived by Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando.