Florida Legislature

St. Augustine Senator Takes Aim At State's Ban On Fireworks

Aug 19, 2019
News Service of Florida

Floridians could add more sparkle to the Fourth of July and two other holidays, under the latest attempt to water down the state’s prohibition against fireworks.

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A long-debated proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry handguns on Florida college and university campuses was filed Thursday for consideration during the 2020 legislative session.

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Declawing cats, unless medically necessary, would be banned under a bill proposed for the 2020 legislative session by Sen. Lauren Book.

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Civil rights groups are hoping a federal judge will strike down a new Florida law that they say does not properly carry out a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

From Budget To Vaping, New Laws Take Effect In Florida

Jul 1, 2019
A view of the State Seal in the Florida Capitol.
News Service of Florida

Florida’s record $90.98 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year and more than 100 new laws hit the books Monday. 

DeSantis Signs Health, Hemp And Hazing Bills

Jun 26, 2019
News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed 15 bills, including health-care priorities of House Speaker Jose Oliva, a plan to kick-start a hemp industry in Florida and an effort to prevent college hazing deaths.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has used his line-item veto power to slash more than $131 million in proposed spending, including $8 million for a Jacksonville housing project and $2 million for a University of North Florida renovation project.

DeSantis Prepares To Sign Budget, Issue Vetoes

Jun 11, 2019
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

Gov. Ron DeSantis hopes to sign a state budget and issue vetoes next week, with the spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year expected to arrive on his desk Friday.

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Florida lawmakers this month approved a controversial bill that is expected to make it harder to put citizens’ initiatives on the ballot.

Florida Lawmakers Eye Change In Divvying Up School Money

May 13, 2019

A long-controversial part of the state’s formula for distributing money to public schools could be headed toward a change.

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Jacksonville descendants of enslaved Africans are poised to receive state funding to build a park commemorating the area's history. 

DeSantis Vetoes Bill On Plastic Straw Bans

May 13, 2019
News Service of Florida

In his first veto, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked local governments from banning plastic straws.

DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers

May 9, 2019
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
GOV. RON DESANTIS TRANSITION TEAM

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed legislation that expands the controversial school “guardian” program to allow armed classroom teachers.

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A record $91.1 billion spending plan for next fiscal year will soon be formally transmitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis, starting a 15-day clock for him to wield his line-item veto pen and decide what stays and what goes.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a proposal would allow public and charter schools to carry guns in the classroom, although many school districts are unlikely to arm instructors.

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