Florida Legislature

Latvala: Budget Cuts May Be Necessary To Pay For Teacher Raises

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A House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from.

Florida lawmakers Monday dug into issues involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, phrases mostly kept under wraps by state Republican leaders before last year’s elections.

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The fight over the future of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority just hit another roadblock. On Monday night, attorney's for the Florida Department of Transportation asked an appeals court to dismiss a constitutional challenge to a new law that would dissolve the MDX. 

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing a showdown about one of his highest-profile decisions: the ouster of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, whose fate now rests in the hands of the Florida Senate.

The Republican governor’s legal team failed to persuade a Senate special master that Israel’s suspension was warranted, but DeSantis has a cadre of allies who might have the power to do what his lawyers could not.

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The future of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority remains unclear after a recent ruling by a Leon County Judge that the legislation ordering its dissolution violated the “home rule” in the state’s constitution. Now there's a fight between state lawmakers and the current head of the MDX, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, over whether members of the county should maintain control.  

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With Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity expected to announce soon a new minimum wage for 2020, South Florida workers who earn around the state minimum are calling for a gradual wage increase to $15 per hour.

The state’s minimum wage is currently $8.46 per hour. Later in October, the state is expected to announce an annual increase to the wage to keep it adjusted for inflation.

Over the past seven years, the annual increases have varied, but none have been more than 20 cents.

Florida Lawmakers Seek Money For Local Projects

Sep 30, 2019

Lawmakers are already seeking about $120 million for projects and programs in their local communities, while the latest state revenue estimates have spurred the House budget leader to urge “restraint” as the 2020 legislative session nears.

And based on past sessions, the number of local funding proposals — sometimes derided by critics as “pork” or “turkeys”— will soon explode.

In a state with a painful history of gun violence, Florida lawmakers swiftly condemned shootings that claimed 31 lives earlier this summer in Texas and Ohio.

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Governor Ron DeSantis says he doesn’t think the Florida legislature will call a special session to address gun violence. 

Democrats have been calling for the legislature to reconvene since Tuesday. 

Democrats want a special session to consider gun regulations like stricter background checks. 

But DeSantis says he wants the legislature to focus on funding improved threat assessment.

Read more at WMFE.org.

Palm Beach Did Not Train School Guardians Properly, Gualtieri Says

Aug 22, 2019

A private security company that was paid thousands of dollars to train school “guardians” in Palm Beach County signed off on armed school security that did not meet statutory training requirements, according to the chairman of the state’s school safety panel.

Repeal Sought Of Longstanding Gun Law

Aug 15, 2019

A Democratic senator Wednesday filed a bill that seeks to repeal a decades-old prohibition on cities and counties passing gun restrictions that are stricter than state firearms laws. 

The American Civil Liberties Union in Jacksonville Thursday led a discussion on its priorities heading into the next Florida legislative session, which are:  criminal justice, immigrant rights and voting rights. 

Another Legislator Wants To Move State Capital From Tallahassee

Aug 8, 2019

In an idea that has popped up repeatedly -- and been rejected -- in the past, a South Florida Democrat is asking lawmakers to consider moving the state capital from Tallahassee.

Florida Senate To Look At Mass Violence, White Nationalism

Aug 7, 2019

In the run-up to the 2020 legislative session, the Florida Senate will review acts of mass violence such as the deadly shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, along with factors such as white nationalism. 

Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research known as EDR is tasked with predicting outcomes of proposed legislation, new laws, or constitutional amendments. But a new law has now changed how much work goes into predicting petition initiatives. EDR’s Coordinator Amy Baker spoke about what the changes mean.

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