House, Senate Agree On LIP Total, Load Up ED BudgetAfter months of federal negotiations and proposals floated by Gov. Rick Scott, the House and the Senate, lawmakers on Saturday reached tentative agreements on how much money should flow to hospitals and other medical providers that care for large numbers of low-income patients.
Senators Question Scott Administration's Handling Of LIPSenators raised questions Wednesday about how Gov. Rick Scott's administration has handled negotiations with the federal government over billions of dollars in health-care funding that has thrown the state budget process into disorder.
Senate Backs Adoption Incentives; Repeals Gay Adoption BanAfter an impassioned debate, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restore a popular adoption-subsidies program --- while repealing a 38-year-old law that banned gay adoption.
Senate Committee Approves Textbook Tax BreakA measure aimed at making college textbooks more affordable gained unanimous approval from a Senate committee Monday, but only after lawmakers stripped out one provision of the bill and a faculty representative pointed out potential problems with another.
Scott Unlikely To Get Full School Funding RequestHouse budget writers unveiled an education spending plan Monday that would provide public schools with almost $47 less per student than Gov. Rick Scott proposed, and a key senator said his chamber was also unlikely to meet the governor's number when a Senate blueprint is released Tuesday.
Senate Higher Ed Panel Backs Guns On CampusWith lawmakers split along party lines, a Senate education committee Monday approved a controversial bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities.
Foster Kids Adoption Bill Headed To Senate FloorWith backing from Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, lawmakers are moving quickly to approve a plan that would provide incentives for families to adopt children in the foster-care system.
Greyhound Injury Bill On Fast TrackA bill that would require reports to be filed with the state about injuries to racing greyhounds could lead the pack of issues when Florida senators start the annual legislative session March 3rd.
Lawmakers Look To Increase Adoptions Of Foster KidsA new bill meant to increase adoptions of foster kids in Florida unanimously passed its first panel on Thursday.
Florida Legislature Chooses New LeadersTwo Central Florida Republicans have been chosen as the new Senate president and the new House speaker.
Bill Which Would Penalize Underperforming Schools Passes In SenateIn a unanimous vote of 40-0, the Florida Senate passed a bill which, among other things, cuts funding to schools which score below the state average on select end of year tests.