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Senate President Joe Negron late Friday ordered a probe into allegations that powerful Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala sexually assaulted or harassed legislative staff and lobbyists.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is urging the Department of Agriculture to extend the deadline for Floridians to apply for emergency food benefits in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Florida Senate Proposal Would Allow Smoking Medical Marijuana

Nov 2, 2017
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Amid a legal battle about the issue, a Senate Democrat on Thursday filed a proposal that would undo a ban on patients smoking medical marijuana.

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Nearly three years after same-sex marriages began in Florida, two Democratic lawmakers have filed proposals to repeal an outdated state law that banned gay marriage.

More Than 60 Changes Proposed For Florida's Constitution

Nov 1, 2017
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From banning the death penalty to creating an elected secretary of state, members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission have filed more than five-dozen proposals to change the state Constitution.

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Florida could be moving closer to stockpiling fuel for future hurricanes or other disasters.

Senators Nelson And Rubio Want Faster Irma Housing Aid

Oct 31, 2017

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., raised concerns Tuesday about wait times for Floridians seeking federal housing assistance after Hurricane Irma.

In a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, Nelson and Rubio pointed to differences in wait times following hurricanes Katrina and Irma.

Florida Lawmaker Proposes Renaming U.S. 441 In Honor Of Tom Petty

Oct 30, 2017
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A portion of U.S. 441 in Alachua County, a highway that drew a mention in the song “American Girl,” would be named after the late rock star Tom Petty, under a proposal filed Monday by state Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville.

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Oranges imported to Florida --- primarily from Brazil and Mexico --- are projected to surpass what is grown in the hurricane-damaged Sunshine State this season.

Gov. Scott Looks To Boost Money For Teacher Supplies

Oct 25, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he will seek to increase the annual grants that Florida teachers receive to buy classroom supplies.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers embarked Tuesday on a road that has resulted in a dead end in the past: getting the House and Senate to make texting while driving a “primary” traffic offense in Florida.

Hurricane Irma Insurance Claims Hit $5.3 Billion In Florida

Oct 24, 2017
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Potential insured losses from Hurricane Irma in Florida have crossed the $5 billion mark.

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Gov. Rick Scott is expanding the state's new “no bonuses” mantra.

3 Richard Spencer Supporters Arrested After Shot Fired At Protesters

Oct 20, 2017

A Texas man who fired a shot at a group of protesters after Thursday's Richard Spencer speech at the University of Florida and the two men who encouraged him to open fire have been charged with attempted homicide, Gainesville police said.


White nationalist Richard Spencer brought his “alt-right” movement to the University of Florida Thursday, calling America a “white country,” but his message was drowned out.