Florida Legislature

State Lawmaker Takes Aim At Health Care Titles

Oct 10, 2019
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A Republican lawmaker wants to crack down on the titles that health care providers use when they identify themselves to the public.

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A second House bill, this time from a Republican, has been filed to allow college student athletes in Florida to be able to cash in on their names and images.

Measures to protect police dogs and horses and crack down on hazing and child-like sex dolls are among new laws ready to take effect this week.

Corcoran Pushes Changes In State College System

Sep 19, 2019
News Service of Florida

Florida education czar Richard Corcoran bristles at being called a disrupter.

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Moments after he was formally elected Tuesday to serve as Florida’s next House speaker, Palm Harbor Republican Chris Sprowls waded into issues such as bolstering the state’s finances and addressing climate change.

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Bamboozled. That’s the sentiment Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson expressed after testimony Monday from a panel of experts who appeared before a Senate committee exploring issues related to mass violence and white nationalism. 

Lawmaker Seeks To Raise Age For Vaping, Smoking

Sep 13, 2019
News Service of Florida

A state House member wants to increase the legal age for vaping and smoking tobacco from 18 to 21 in Florida.

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In the wake of two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio last month, contributions flooded into a political committee seeking to ban possession and sale of assault weapons in Florida, according to a new campaign-finance report filed at the state Division of Elections.

By The Numbers: Wealthiest State Lawmakers In Florida

Sep 10, 2019
News Service of Florida

Florida lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week to start holding committee meetings in advance of the 2020 legislative session. Members of the House and Senate are wealthier than ever, at least in terms of their reported net worths.

House Democrats Seek Long-Shot Special Florida Legislative Session On Gun Violence

Aug 21, 2019

Florida House Democrats say they’ve rounded up more than enough support to require votes from both Republican-dominated chambers of the Legislature to determine if there is any appetite for a special session dealing with gun violence.

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.