Florida Legislature

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.

Ryan Benk / WJCT-News

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.

Push For Underground Power Lines Passes In Florida Legislature

May 3, 2019
News Service of Florida

With memories of massive outages after Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Michael and other storms, state lawmakers Thursday gave final approval to a bill that could lead to an expansion of underground power lines.

State Budget Will Fund A Variety Of NE FL Projects, Including I-10 Widening

May 3, 2019
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

From rising traffic on Interstate 10 in Jacksonville to falling lake levels in Clay County, the state budget heading to the finish line would put money into tackling problems across Northeast Florida.

Lawmakers Send 'Transformational' Education Plan Onto Gov. DeSantis

May 2, 2019
INDIANA PUBLIC MEDIA

Florida lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a key portion of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education agenda, which seeks to boost the state’s workforce by helping students pursue vocational and technical training in high school.

The legislation, which passed unanimously in the House and the Senate, would create a new pathway to high school graduation focused on technical and vocational training and would inject more money into apprenticeship programs in public schools as well as state colleges and universities.

Opioid Alternative Education Bill Ready For Governor

May 1, 2019
Close-up of Oxycodone bottle.
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The Florida Department of Health will be required to develop and distribute an educational pamphlet regarding the use of non-opioid alternatives to treat pain, under a bill that received final approval from the Florida Legislature on Tuesday.

Major Health Bills Headed To Gov. DeSantis

Apr 30, 2019
Photo from the DeSantis transition team

After more than two decades of debate about the issue, the Florida Legislature on Monday approved eliminating the “certificate of need” regulatory program for hospitals and passed a high-profile measure aimed at importing prescription drugs from Canada.

Visit Florida To Get $50 Million Reprieve To Prove It's Worth Keeping

Apr 30, 2019
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Florida’s tourism-marketing arm will get an extra nine months --- and a $50 million budget --- to prove itself to the governor.

Florida Senate Signs Off On Sanctuary City Ban

Apr 29, 2019
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The Senate on Friday passed legislation outlawing so-called sanctuary city policies in Florida, reversing course on a politically charged issue that it has blocked for the past three years.

Canadian Drug Imports Could Get Go-Ahead In Florida

Apr 29, 2019
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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to allow the state to import prescription drugs from Canada inched closer to passage Friday in the Senate.

Florida Senate Signs Off On Expansion Of School Choice

Apr 25, 2019
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Florida senators on Thursday passed legislation that would allow more students to use taxpayer-funded scholarships to pay for private-school tuition, a major step toward expanding school choice in the state.

News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis favors a House plan to crack down on texting while driving, as the Senate on Wednesday delayed for at least a day a separate measure that would only allow motorists to use hands-free wireless devices while on the road.

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A bill that would bar life insurances companies from using genetic tests to determine coverage is inching closer to passing the Florida Legislature.

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After paying billions of dollars to settle lawsuits about the dangers of cigarettes, the tobacco industry is engaged in another public-relations battle, one that is swirling in the Florida Capitol, other state houses throughout the country and in Congress.

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Florida’s tourism-marketing agency is closer to having its doors closed this fall as a Senate budget proposal Tuesday matched the House’s stance to eliminate Visit Florida.

Fla. Senate Passes Controversial School Safety Bill

Apr 23, 2019

In search of a solution that will prevent another school massacre, a sharply divided Florida Senate on Tuesday passed a wide-ranging school safety bill that includes a controversial provision aimed at adding armed teachers to the line of defense.

News Service of Florida

Motorists could only use hands-free wireless devices while moving on Florida roads, under a Senate proposal that's been approved.

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A Jacksonville lawmaker’s push to ban so-called sanctuary cities through stiff penalties for communities that fail to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities is gaining traction in the Florida Legislature.  

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A Jacksonville lawmaker’s push to ban so-called sanctuary cities through stiff penalties for communities that fail to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities is gaining traction in the Florida Legislature.  

Fla. Senate Won't Act This Year On Surgeon General

Apr 4, 2019
UF HEALTH - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Citing a past sexual harassment investigation at the University of Florida, Senate President Bill Galvano said Wednesday the Senate will not vote during this year’s legislative session on confirming the state’s new surgeon general.

5 Questions For St. Augustine State Sen. Travis Hutson

Apr 3, 2019
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Sen. Travis Hutson has clout during the 2019 legislative session.

Florida Lawmakers Back Restrictions On Ballot Drives

Apr 2, 2019
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Changing the Florida Constitution with citizen-led ballot initiatives could soon be harder under a proposal that cleared a Senate panel Monday on a party-line vote.

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