Florida Legislature

Florida Senators have approved a measure closing a loophole that allows child marriage. The bill is being called historic. If the proposal passes the full legislature, the group, Human Rights Watch, says it will be the first of its kind in the country.

After past deals have collapsed amid infighting among Florida's gambling interests, the Republican-controlled Legislature is trying yet again to pass a comprehensive gambling bill.

A statue of civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune is halfway to its supporters’ goal of replacing the likeness of a Confederate general as a representative of Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

A contentious bill that calls for a crackdown on cities and counties that don't comply with federal immigration authorities is running into trouble in the Florida Senate.

State workers could no longer make charitable donations through their paychecks under a bill passed by the Florida House.

Florida could start sharing voter information to make sure people aren't registered in other states under a bill approved by the Florida House.

House Targets Medical Marijuana Office

Feb 1, 2018

The House on Wednesday froze $2.1 million in salary and expenses at the Department of Health for failing to respond to concerns raised by a joint legislative committee over a trio of emergency rules relating to medical marijuana.

A warning about pizza and a big bear as Hurricane Irma approached Florida is prompting a bill addressing how the state communicates with hearing impaired residents during weather emergencies.

Senators Back State Taking Over Regulation of Vacation Rentals

Jan 30, 2018
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The state would take over regulation of vacation rental properties while local regulations passed since 2011 would be nullified, under a bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee.

In a 4-2 vote, the Senate Community Affairs Committee merged legislation (SB 1400) filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, with a bill (SB 1640), sponsored by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, although the combined bill largely favored Steube’s effort to pre-empt local regulation of the growing vacation rental industry.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Democrats in the state House of Representatives are employing a more aggressive strategy in fighting Republicans’ education priorities this year after they felt like they got burned by the chamber’s GOP leadership during the last legislative session.

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A state senator and congressional candidate says it’s time for Florida to have a unified strategy for sea-level rise.

To make his point this legislative session, he’s wearing rain boots in the Senate.

Steve Cannon / AP via Miami Herald

The Florida Senate wants to see state universities get another funding boost in the next state budget, while leaders of the state House of Representatives say public higher education has been “overfunded” and is ripe for cuts.

Needle Exchange Program Passes Committee

Jan 25, 2018

New legislation expanding a needle-exchange program moved through both the Florida House and Senate today. 

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