Rick Scott stepped to the podium to start a Tallahassee press conference when a man approached him with a handshake.
Rick Scott stepped to the podium to start a Tallahassee press conference when a man approached him with a handshake.
A Hollywood police officer spotted a man in a vehicle in Miami Gardens Thursday morning, followed him for a block, then fired at the vehicle before the man fled, police said.
A court ruling will allow write-in candidate Ronald Bray to stay in the race for Florida House District 96.
After throwing out the state’s redistricting maps, the judge in the case has agreed to hear arguments about whether to wait until after the November elections to fix flawed districts.
The lawsuit raises questions about the way a sweeping education bill became law.
Federal prosecutors turn up the heat on suspended North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau, as her ex-business partner agrees to cooperate in mortgage-fraud case.
A day after a police sergeant was suspended for allegedly drinking while working an off-duty detail, Miami Beach’s new police chief halted off-duty work for cops at 14 nightclubs until an internal review is completed.
Legislators backed off plans to challenge a redistricting ruling, but said they wanted to repair the flawed plan after the 2014 elections.
The Miami-Dade County Commission gave initial approval Tuesday to a proposal that would legalize ride-for-hire companies.
Laura Rivero Levey says she should not have been disqualified from the race to represent Florida House District 113.
With questions looming, the judge in the redistricting case will be asked to decide how he wants legislators to repair the congressional districts he has ruled invalid.
David Rivera told supporters he plans to run for the Florida Legislature in 2016.
A judge threw out Florida’s congressional redistricting map Thursday, ruling that the Legislature allowed for a “secret, organized campaign” by partisan operatives to subvert the redistricting process in violation of the state Constitution.
The trial of suspended Miami Lakes mayor opens with differing accounts of the fate of a baggie stuffed with $2,000.
The federal demand is the latest incident highlighting tensions between Washington and Tallahassee over how to provide health care to the poor.
As the race for governor heats up, Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are taking shots at each other’s education records.
Florida’s first openly gay legislator is automatically reelected after his GOP opponent is disqualified - her filing fee check bounced.
A new state budget and more than 150 bills, including a ban on e-cigarette sales to minors, take effect Tuesday.
A divided Supreme Court on Monday extended religious-freedom protections to certain for-profit corporations, exempting them from providing birth-control services that are required under the 2010 healthcare law.
The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville found itself on the sidelines as Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers sought to boost cancer research funding in Florida.
DCF says the website will raise public awareness of endangered children, but some critics remain skeptical in light of the department’s history on transparency.
Doris Freyre believes her daughter would still be alive today if an attorney had intervened.
A bill honoring the late cyclist Aaron Cohen is among the last to be signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott this year.
A new law that overhauls Florida’s child welfare laws — and will vastly increase the number of child abuse investigators — was signed by Gov. Scott on Monday.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a controversial expansion of eligibility for the state’s de facto school-voucher system and 57 other bills, nearly completing the work of this year’s Florida Legislature.
Decision raises more questions in redistricting case
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles reached an American milestone Tuesday when the U.S. Senate confirmed him as a federal judge, making Gayles the first openly gay black male jurist to sit on the bench.
The so-called Charlotte’s Web law will benefit an estimated 125,000 children in Florida who suffer from severe epilepsy.
Backers of a bill, which awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, want Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to get the prestigious National Cancer Institute designation.
Gov. Rick Scott has until June 28 to sign or veto the proposed expansion of the school voucher program.
Gov. Rick Scott signed dozens of bills into law, including measures to further restrict abortions, keep electronic cigarettes from minors and regulate the commercial parasailing industry.
The state restarted its investigation into a Miami-Dade prisoner’s scalding death, and said it would review its procedures for handling mentally ill inmates.
The millions of dollars raised will fuel what is expected to be an expensive — and nasty — race filled with negative ads.
The governor signed the bill, a priority of House Republicans, quietly over the weekend.
Of the 255 bills approved by the Legislature, 86 have been signed by Scott and only one, to allow speed limits to be increased on state highways, has been vetoed.
Uberx will join Lyft which began offering rides two weeks ago in offering ride-sharing, even though Miami-Dade County considers the services illegal.
Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers outlawed the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
The governor signed the largest budget in state history, and used his line-item veto sparingly.
The governor nixed legislation that would have have allowed the state to raise speed limits to 75 mph on highways.
A state law banning employees responsible for a contract from going to work for the contractor is applied differently at Citizens. One state senator says that needs to change.
Sometimes it takes a simple redistricting lawsuit to show us the funny side of the state Capitol.
The governor is expected to sign the record $77 billion state budget on Tuesday.
An FSU student who allegedly submitted a map to the Legislature with proposed new districts said he never drew any maps and his name was used without permission.
After losing at the Florida Supreme Court, a GOP political consultant is asking the nation’s highest court to help him keep his emails secret in Florida’s redistricting trial.
By fighting to let undocumented immigrants pay in-state college tuition rates, Rep. Jeanette Núñez emerged as a breakout star of the 2014 legislative session.
The Legislature’s child welfare overhaul bill, awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, would make it harder for the state to reunify children with dangerous, drug-addled parents.
Challengers are trying to show that Republican political operatives conducted a ‘shadow’ process to influence the redrawing of Florida’s congressional districts to benefit the party and incumbents
Overall, the self-appointed watchdog identified 107 projects in next year’s $77.1 billion budget that account for a miniscule portion of overall state spending.
Under oath in the precedent-setting redistricting trial, Senate President Don Gaetz is grilled about his meetings with the House speaker over the congressional map.
House Speaker Will Weatherford testified that the Republican-controlled Legislature managed the most transparent redistricting process in state history in 2012 and did nothing illegal.
A gun rights bill approved by lawmakers seems to shrink — not expand — the protections of Florida’s infamous “stand your ground” law.
Some are questioning the motivation for a lawsuit against the law, filed by a Democrat as Gov. Rick Scott is seeking reelection.
Despite being given routine access to redistricting maps before they became public, a top consultant to legislative leaders denies using the information to push for changes to benefit Republican candidates
A judge ruled that several documents considered confidential “trade secrets” by Republican political consultants, should be disclosed to the public.
Local taxes and fees add up as Miami-Dade funds its operations
Police shot and seriously wounded a man Friday in Northwest Miami-Dade, following a call about a domestic violence incident in a home.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights had “no legitimate legal basis” to investigate Florida’s Bright Futures program.
It was a busy and productive legislative session for the state’s colleges and universities.
For the third straight year, legislators have failed to pass reforms to the state’s troubled assisted-living facilities industry. Backers vow to press ahead once again next year.
Days after attending the funeral of a state trooper, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will veto a bill that would allow drivers to go 75 miles an hour on Florida highways.
Prosecutors said James Web Baker, Jr., knew he was breaking the law when he set about to intimate prominent Florida Republicans.
In a bizarre claim debunked by PolitiFact Florida, some conservative bloggers accused Democrats of approving a bill to force state residents to abide by foreign laws.
If signed into law, the bill would for the first time apply state lobbying regulations to some special-purpose governments that raise and spend hundreds of millions dollars every year.
A group of cyclists turned the death of Aaron Cohen in 2012 into their crusade for tougher penalties against drivers who leave the scene of a crash causing death or injury.
Official: DCF will withhold similar information in the future, but it wanted to release redacted paper to help improve public confidence.
Carlos Arnoldo Lobo, a reputed high-level South American drug trafficker accused of smuggling hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the United States, has been extradited to Miami to face federal criminal charges, U.S. authorities said Friday.
Here’s a look at the fate of major bills that were passed in this year’s 60-day legislative session.
The Miami-Dade delegation delivered several key legislative victories, but fell short on others.
For the first time ever, a Florida governor will soon have the opportunity to sign into law a bill that would impose restrictions on how parasail companies do business.
Attorney General Pam Bondi plans to use funds from a prescription drug fraud settlement to continue the database.
Gov. Rick Scott surprised supporters and told reporters late Thursday that if the Senate approves on Friday, he will sign the medical marijuana bill into law.
As Republicans tout a harmonious session, Democrats say there remains plenty of work left undone to help Floridians.
House Speaker Will Weatherford heads into private life uncertain of his future.
Protecting Gov. Rick Scott, who faces a tough re-election fight, was part of the Republican leadership strategy for this years legislative session.
Lawmakers ended their annual session with a record state budget that increases money for a host of items, including child welfare and schools.
The Florida Legislature increased spending on public schools, and agreed to a modest expansion of the school voucher program.
A $285 million deficit in 2013 dings the county’s balance sheet as Moody’s warns of a debt squeeze from the new port tunnel.
After the Miami Herald revealed hundreds of child deaths from abuse and neglect, Florida legislators sent the governor a bill that overhauls the way his agency handles at-risk children in troubled families.
Lawmakers approved to a bill that would expand the school voucher program and create new scholarships for special-needs children. Gov. Rick Scott is likely to sign it.
The bill that won approval establishes an expedited process for three new projects that could share $7 million in tax breaks next year.
A bill to deal with hospital trauma centers drew plenty of debate in waning hours of legislative session.
Because the Senate tweaked the bill slightly, it must return to the House for final passage. But the new language isn’t likely to hurt the bill’s chances in the lower chamber, or with Gov. Rick Scott.
After the House vote, members gave Jose Godinez-Samperio a standing ovation, and he responded with a wave and a thumbs-up gesture.
A bill that won final approval from the Senate Thursday kept the state process for selecting textbooks intact.
The bill would have allowed those in lawful possession of guns to conceal weapons without a permit during mandatory evacuations and local emergencies, such as riots.
For the second year in a row, it appears legislators will reject changes to the state’s pension plan.
Florida voters will have a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment intended to give the governor the power to make an appointment to the judiciary before a vacancy.
The bill cleared on a 58-56 vote, the closest House vote in the 2014 session, though an unlikely coalition of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans nearly defeated it.
State lawmakers from Miami-Dade County secured billions of dollars for local schools, universities, social services programs and development projects.
Lawmakers have about $1.2 billion in surplus, bonus money that can go pretty much anywhere they choose.
Bernex Lucas, who police say shot his stepdaughter on her birthday, and fired a weapon at her mom, but missed, gave himself up Monday.
For the first time in three years, state lawmakers will give traditional school districts money for maintenance and construction.
A Florida Keys boy has died shortly after DCF received two reports that he and his siblings were in jeopardy because of their mother’s drug use.
One of this session’s most controversial bills — in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants — is on its way to becoming law.
The Florida Senate approved a bill that would create regulations for the state’s booming craft brewing industry despite arguments that it would stifle job growth.
Starting in January, Florida children 5 and under must ride in a child safety seat when traveling in an automobile under legislation passed 36-3 by the Senate on Tuesday and sent to the governor.
Under the bill, judges will be able to suspend licenses for child support and bad check violations, among others.
Saying the goal is to legalize a limited strain of marijuana for ‘compassionate use’ the Florida Senate overwhelmingly approves a bill to open the door to distribution of a cannabis extract
Lawsuits expected to continue if a compromise can’t be reached by Friday.
Lawmakers haggling over next year’s $75 billion budget on Sunday moved closer to significant deals on state worker’s salaries, a controversial plan to build another engineering school, and environmental projects.
The Florida House passed a bill that would allow designated teachers to carry concealed weapons on campus.
The FIU funds are part of $250 million for universities and $108 million for community colleges from the deal.
The House speaker has embraced an immigration issue as his newfound mission, exposing the ideological and generational issues dividing the Republican Party
The end of Florida’s 60-day legislative session always resembles a complicated card game, a poker-bridge blend with legislation traded back and forth amid hidden agendas and the high stakes of a $75 billion budget.
Unlike prior years when lawmakers faced deficits, budget talks this year have progressed with little drama or discord, at least publicly.
A bill that would provide funding for stadium construction projects advanced with a new provision about Cuban baseball players.
The Senate gave unanimous support to bill that attempts to strengthen child protection and imposes new oversight of child deaths.
Christopher Masferrer, who police say was drunk and speeding when he hit and killed three people in Southwest Miami-Dade two weeks ago, was charged Friday with vehicular and DUI manslaughter.
Legislators say they aren’t prepared to discuss whether they will come back in special session to ratify a gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe until they get details about the proposal.
The state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would add further restrictions to Florida’s abortion laws, preventing most abortions after fetuses reach “viability.”
The vote was prompted by a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in the case of Jose Godinez-Samperio, 27, a native of Mexico who came to Florida at age 9 and has tried for more than two years to gain Bar admission.
The bill would shrink the number of people enrolled in the state’s $135 billion pension system and steer new hires to private investment plans.
Despite concerns about highway safety, the Senate approved raising speed limits on some Florida highways from 70 to 75 mph.
The bill included one provision that only applied to Miami-Dade County and its Public Health Trust.
The unrecorded voice vote added the provision to a routine courts bill, and still requires House passage and Gov. Rick Scotts approval.
Florida legislators want homeowners to have the option of choosing insurance plans that may be less expensive but unregulated.
State lawmakers took significant steps to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
Miami is one of 15 cities invited to bid on the 2016 Democratic National Convention, leaving local governments to decide whether the $50 million price tag is worth the effort.
TALLAHASSEE — Harming a fetus while committing a crime — no matter how small the embryo — would carry stiffer penalties under a proposed law now awaiting Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.
Some groups warn the measure will hurt nursing home residents and subject staff members to lawsuits.
A measure to give dog track owners a break by allowing them to stage fewer live greyhound races fell victim to the perennial tug-of-war between the state’s racetracks and jai-alai frontons.
Jackson Health System was braced for a $140 million cut, but the controversial hospital funding formula was postponed for a year.
A Senate panel revived the proposed expansion of the school voucher program. But it did not give a second chance to the immigrant tuition proposal.
What started as an effort by Florida microbreweries to sell beer to consumers in popular half-gallon “growler’’ containers has morphed into a measure some say could put them out of business.
As Tuesday’s Florida Senate Appropriations Committee meeting showed, pension reform is hardly a conservative litmus test.
Several law enforcement agencies working together as part of a human trafficking task force arrested a North Miami man Tuesday, who they say was trying to lure two high school girls into prostitution.
The state House gave its approval to a bill that would change the way schools systems enter into contracts with charter schools, but the Senate isn’t interested in passing it.
The proposal gives Gov. Rick Scott only about $21 million of the $39 million he had asked for to expand child protection services.
A state senator has a strategy to keep the immigrant tuition bill alive in the upper chamber.
House sponsor remains confident he can win the governor’s support for a bill to provide restricted use of a marijuana extract for certain ailments despite the state’s surgeon general’s opposition.
As legislators consider revising the law governing charter schools, the U.S. Department of Education is scrutinizing a South-Miami based company that manages such schools.
A House plan is criticized as an administrative answer to child welfare that fails to address the root causes and stops short of providing the needed services, advocates say.
The engineering school plan was introduced by Sen. John Thrasher, chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, and widely considered a frontrunner to become Florida State University president.
With two weeks to go, legislators are poised to spend a surplus on hometown projects rather than on services for vulnerable kids.
The dispute is over a 2008 Florida law which allows dealers to charge a higher retail rate for repairs in warranty and recall work.
The abrupt announcement that a bill to give some undocumented immigrants in-state tuition would not get a vote caught off guard Gov. Rick Scott and other state Republicans.
The Florida Legislature has once again proven unkind to Stephen Ross or at least uncooperative.
A funding dispute is affecting 38 counties that have been expected to help pay a portion of the costs of incarcerating youths before they are sentenced.
South Florida lawmakers are hoping to push a controversial needle-exchange proposal over a final hurdle.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., proposes using local tax dollars to fund the state portion of an expansion of traditional Medicaid, but the Legislature isn’t interested.
The Senate delivered a blow to a bill seeking to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students.
The bill would improve the public’s access to records, but among its beneficiaries are attorneys who specialize in public records lawsuits, a group that includes the Senate president’s son — Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Florida lawmakers haven’t given up hope on extending the state’s subsidized health insurance to immigrant children.
During a visit to a DCF service center, Gov. Scott praised child welfare workers and prodded lawmakers to support his plans for the agency.
Legislators have trumpeted their push for tax cuts this year, but a projected budget surplus of $1.2 billion also has left the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature with plenty left for hometown projects.
With the federal government making clear last week that no new Medicaid money is coming Florida’s way, legislators say it’s important they re-evaluate a new funding model that safety-net hospitals say will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
A Central Florida lawmaker wants to “take the politics out of labor negotiations” involving the public health trust.
The Miami-Dade County Commission could lose power to approve labor contracts with employees at Jackson Memorial Hospital, under a proposal approved last week by a House committee as part of an omnibus health-care bill (HB 7113).
Some Republican lawmakers are accusing their Democratic colleagues of resorting to ‘political stunts’ to draw attention to proposals to raise the minimum wage.
Almost a decade ago, Ryan Roman started using pot to cope with the effects of a rare spinal cancer that spread to his brain. Beating his doctors' predictions, the 31-year-old Palmetto man is still alive. He credits marijuana that he inhales through a vaporizer or ingests in concentrate form.
It’s the only plausible explanation for what happened last week in Tallahassee. Florida lawmakers are getting us ready for the zombie apocalypse.
Gov. Rick Scott’s compact negotiations with the Seminole Tribe could be a blueprint for what Florida may look like for years to come.
The state caucus of black lawmakers keeps a lid on its fundraising and there’s no law against it.
The Florida House and Senate took significant steps on school accountability, textbook adoption, school vouchers and student data.
SEIU Florida will knock on doors in four state House districts this weekend, including two in South Florida.
One bill would tighten the state’s already restrictive abortion laws. Another would add penalties to anyone convicted of a crime if the act harms a fetus.
The Florida Sheriffs Association lobbied against the bill, calling it too vague.
The fees work like a cover charge and come in addition to charges for medical procedures. The Tampa Bay Times found that HCA’s fees were by far the highest in the state, averaging $27,644 in the first half of last year.
The bill’s supporters say it’s intended to let gun owners protect their property while they are evacuating from a disaster or crisis, such as hurricanes, floods, or worse.
Miami-Dade delegation chair says the college president’s effort to mend fences didn’t go far enough
In a joint letter, Miami-Dade lawmakers condemned Miami Dade College president Eduardo Padrón’s criticisms as ‘uncivilized discourse.’
The Florida House removed key provisions from a controversial school voucher bill, but the move did not win over Democrats.
Miami-Dade lawmakers are working to close a “loophole” in state law that allows property-tax appeals to be filed without homeowners’ permission.
The odds diminished for a proposal in Tallahassee to give track owners the option to eliminate greyhound racing and retain their current menu of games.
The study by Pew Charitable Trusts said states generally did a better job managing the 2012 election than in 2008, with Florida as the notable exception.
The measure, if approved, would remove any criminal penalties for those found carrying weapons in public without a permit during evacuations ordered by the governor.
Local governments and health groups are fighting a bill that they say would end local regulation of tobacco sales.
Forget Mickey Mouse. Florida lawmakers are hoping tourists will come to Florida for the doctors.
Legislators are working to avoid controversy as they keep focus on positive proposals and advancing the agendas of major campaign contributors.
The panel’s party-line vote signaled that a more modest approach to overhauling the Florida Retirement System has done little to cool partisan passions.
Bills filed by two South Florida lawmakers have caused the agency to delay road projects, said a top Miami-Dade Expressway Authority official.
Under a bill now moving through the Florida legislature, craft brewers would be required to sell bottled and canned beer through distributors — even when telling it in their own taprooms.
Differences remain over a wide range of tax savings, with proposals that would reduce the communications services tax imposed on cable and phone services, eliminate sales taxes on kids’ bicycle helmets, create a sales tax holiday for gym memberships and expand a tax credit program for investments in low-income communities.
The most extensive rewrite of state charities laws stemmed from an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting called “America’s Worst Charities.’’
Lawmakers have until May 2 to haggle over their differences, but there are so few, they are planning to take off much of the week of Passover and Easter.
A so-called ‘warning shot’ bill that is heavily backed by the NRA and other gun groups now awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.
Although only halfway through the 60-day session, legislators say they have run out of time for a massive gambling bill but are open to consider new limits on dog racing.
The owners of at least 756,000 cars in Florida won’t get a tax break this year, because they have already renewed their tags for two years.
This year, Senate President Don Gaetz’s priorities include a bill that could improve business for attorneys specializing in public records lawsuits, a group that includes his son, state Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Under the plan, FAMU would keep the existing building on FSU’s campus and current state funding; FSU would get $13 million to create a new program in a new building.
Legislators move forward with a rewrite of Florida’s child welfare laws, but left unanswered questions about how to pay for it.
A powerful legislator holds up a proposal to let businesses install rooftop solar panels to reduce their energy bills because he says he doesn’t want the industry to get subsidies.
The immigrant tuition bill moved forward Tuesday, but advocates may still have to win over Gov. Rick Scott.
The Miami Republican wants to give struggling nursing programs an extra year to lift test scores before being closed by the state.
Currently, people can bring their guns with them when following evacuation orders, but the firearms must be securely encased and not in the persons physical possession.
Supporters hope the bills will prevent a repeat of incidents such as the kidnapping, rape and murder last year of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywin.kle in Jacksonville, a case that drew widespread attention
One of the first bills to become law in 2014 will enable some veterans to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida colleges and universities.
A new report by a Tallahassee-based watchdog group says Floridas power companies donate millions of dollars in campaign contributions and an army of lobbyists help keep corporate interests ahead of the public interest. The companies reject the allegations.
Lawmakers want to split some facilities dollars between charter schools and traditional public schools.
An effort to ban sales of the trendy nicotine-delivery tubes to people under 18 has run into controversy in the state House.
Instead of repealing the law, a lawmaker proposed changes to increase regulations on the use of the devices.
House Speaker Will Weatherford said there were more school-choice bills to come.
The bill creates an alternative to the federal National Flood Insurance Program by authorizing private companies to write the insurance that had previously only been available through the federally subsidized program.
The proposal is called the Aaron Cohen Act Life Protection Act, in memory of a Miami cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2012.
State lawmakers are considering new incentives to draw film and television projects to Florida.
A top Florida official says the Department of Economic Opportunity is making progress in fixing the state’s glitch-prone unemployment benefits website.
A controversial education bill has new life after a procedural maneuver by a state representative.
After a Miami-Dade County Commissioner shelved a proposal to deregulate the the transportation industry, a panel of state lawmakers approved a proposal allowing high-tech, luxury car services companies to circumvent municipalities.
The Florida Family Policy Council released a report Tuesday that details the declining rate of two-parent homes while calling for the Legislature to study how government can help keep families intact.
Gaps in the state child welfare safety net cant be filled by policy changes alone, lawmakers were told. They say more money is needed.
Soccer star David Beckham traveled to Tallahassee seeking subsidies for the soccer stadium he envisions in downtown Miami.
Hospitals, business alliances and grassroots groups continue to support Medicaid expansion. But lawmakers don’t want to have the debate.
The key House proponent of eliminating red-light cameras ended his effort Monday to prohibit the installation of new cameras across the state.
A Senate committee rejects the appeal of sick patients who want broader approach to medical marijuana than is allowed in the House and Senate bills.
A surge in big-dollar requests for local projects poses an election year quandary for Gov. Rick Scott, who came to power riding a crest of tea party frustration with government spending.
As lawmakers called for action, the head of DCF said it will take more money and services to reduce child deaths due to neglect or abuse.
The Florida House voted 81-33 to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates.
A Republican senator withdrew his bill, saying there were too many unanswered questions about accountability.
The panel also sanctioned a $1 million one-time appropriation to pay for university-based research into the long-term effects of the substance on children with intractable epilepsy.
The so-called Pop-Tart and warning shot bills passed out of the House with bi-partisan support.
The sponsor of the amendment said its purpose is to provide more privacy for those found not guilty.
A member of the FAMU Board of Trustees withdrew Wednesday amid questions about lobbying.
As the House moves forward with a plan to create a new state bureaucracy to regulate gambing, progress in the Senate stalls as that chamber abruptly cancels plans to vote on its reform bill.
It would be illegal to give or sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill approved by the Florida Senate.
Overall, the cuts will cost the state $309 million in lost revenue next year and nearly $400 million in subsequent years, but it’s universally popular in an election year.
This is the third year in a row a measure aimed at enhancing rules for assisted-living facilities has been introduced in the Florida Legislature.
One of the nation’s most aggressive nursing home trial lawyers would have his tactics stopped under a bill that has wide agreement.
A controversial strategy by Citizens Property Insurance to withhold payment on claims has drawn thousands of lawsuits against the company, resulting in an explosion of legal fees that now amounts to at least $4 million a month.
Two of the chief advocates for the school voucher program are not registered as lobbyists, despite an opinion from the state Office of Legislative Services.
In light of the Herald’s series, a senator vows to rework reforms to the state’s child welfare agency.
Proposals under consideration by the Florida Legislature would make it easier for charter schools to enter into contracts with local school systems, and create ‘personalized learning accounts’ for students with special needs.
As the county fair began its annual run, negotiations continue that could move the popular event to a new location.
While lawmakers should get to Gov. Rick Scott’s $500 million goal for cutting taxes and fees, they likely will take a different approach on some of the details.
Opponents of the state’s new education benchmarks say they are not giving up the battle.
The 5-2 ruling, which was written by Justice R. Fred Lewis, suggested that lawmakers created a crisis to push through the caps on damages.
Currently, state universities can ask the Board of Governors for up to 15 percent higher rates, known as tuition differential.
The settlement involves policyholders who were challenging the state-run insurance company for failing to agree to the method and cost of repair for sinkhole damage to their homes.
It’s an election year and legislation bolstering the state’s sexual predator laws are enjoying strong bipartisan support.
Another Republican lawmaker has come around on the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students — and his opinion really matters.
lawmakers are backing away from using their oversight powers to intervene with the Department of Economic Opportunity and the CONNECT project.
State child welfare authorities would be required to increase the educational expertise of the child abuse investigators and create a website to report basic facts about child deaths reported to the child abuse hotline.
Legislators are scrambling to find a way to protect family amusement centers from a ban on storefront gambling operations but critics warn that the fix could lead to another round of violators.
An array of new gun legislation, including a proposal that would allow designated teachers to carry concealed weapons on campus, shows the NRA’s muscle in Tallahassee.
But the Florida Medical Association and many independent doctors have spoken out against the bill, saying even nurses with advanced training need a doctor’s supervision.
At the urging of state Sen. Jack Latvala, the Senate will take up voting law changes that include preventing counties from using satellite locations where voters can drop off absentee ballots.
A proposed constitutional amendment would give the next elected governor the power to appoint as many as four of the seven justices to the Florida Supreme Court.
Florida State University Provost Garnett Stokes will serve as the institution’s interim president while a search begins to replace Eric Barron, who leaves in less than a month for Penn State University.
The Florida Supreme Court called on the Florida Legislature to intervene to correct what it called an ‘injustice’ in the case of a Tampa man originally from Mexico.
The bill offers special protection for “brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food.”
The state official in charge of finding and regulator senior living facilities that harm residents and violate rules has been hired to be the new director of the ALF industry’s association
The organization behind the alimony reform bill announced that there will be no new legislation filed during the 2014 session.
The bill requires doctors to perform medical examinations, including ultrasounds, on pregnant women who seek abortions to determine viability.
The drop in test scores has been linked to legislation that permitted trade schools and colleges to open nursing programs without approval of the state’s Board of Nursing.
A proposal to expand the controversial school voucher program has become a top priority of the Florida Legislature, thanks in part to powerful allies.
Under the bill, juveniles convicted of serious felonies would receive a review hearing after 20 years of imprisonment and another after 30 years.
A House panel approves a strain of marijuana to be used to treat children with severe epilepsy and other conditions.
TALLAHASSEE -- The annual 60-day session of the Florida Legislature opens Tuesday in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. Here are five things to watch:
PolitiFact Florida reviews Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State speech to sort the facts.
Under a new rule, lawmakers, to be considered a resident of their district, must demonstrate that they live there. If such a rule sounds like a no-brainer, guess again.
Setting the stage for a grueling re-election campaign, Gov. Rick Scott took direct aim at Charlie Crist’s record as governor without mentioning his name.
As Gov. Rick Scott begins discussions with the Seminole Tribe, he holds the cards for the future of gambling and can use the agreement to reject or accept new resort casinos in South Florida
The Senate wanted to send a clear message that protecting people from sexual predators was its top priority. All four bills were approved unanimously and without debate.
A House committee voted 13-1 to support the measure (HB 761), which would direct the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided four-lane highways.
Lawmakers want a harmonious session, but are also pushing through some controversial bills.
State senators and House members raised cash in a last-minute rush Monday before the legislative session starts Tuesday and a ban on raising money begins.