Latest Florida State Legislature News

Florida could extend time for NCAA on student-athlete pay

Feb. 17, 2020 5:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers sought to delay when college athletes can begin striking endorsement deals, and agreed to extend the game clock on Monday for the NCAA on its own to address the issue of compensation for the 450,000 student athletes under its purview. But the move did not slow the...

Florida AG grants reparations for wrongfully convicted man

Feb. 16, 2020 12:58 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Attorney General’s office announced Saturday that it was wrong to deny reparations to a Jacksonville man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. According to the Times-Union, the AG's Department of Legal Affairs sent a letter granting a petition to compensate...

State official asks for review of deadly officer shooting

Feb. 15, 2020 3:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to review the use of deadly force in the Dec. 14 officer-involved shooting of a former Florida A&M student during a traffic stop in Jacksonville. The Tallahassee Democrat reports...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, center, gestures as he speaks during a news conference with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, second from left, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., left, PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla, third from right, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, second from right, and Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., right, at a news conference, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at PortMiami in Miami. Chao announced that the department has awarded more than $280 million in a new Port Infrastructure Development Program at 15 locations to improve facility and freight infrastructure. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida Legislature is past the halfway point of its session

Feb. 15, 2020 8:29 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature is past the halfway point of its annual 60 day session and hasn't tackled any major issues. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has been sent seven bills for his signature, most of them housekeeping items. But there was also a measure that, if the governor...

GOP House votes to move energy office now run by Democrat

Feb. 13, 2020 6:13 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Office of Energy would be moved out of the agency run by the only statewide elected Democrat and into an agency controlled by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis under a bill passed by the House on Thursday. The GOP-dominated House voted 76-40 to move the Office of Energy from...

With budgets drafted, it's crunch time for Florida lawmakers

Feb. 13, 2020 4:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers in the House and Senate passed their respective spending plans Thursday, with about a month left in this year's legislative session to reconcile a $1.4 billion gap in policy and funding priorities over state employee pay raises, the environment, teacher salaries...

FILE- This June 27, 2019 photo, shows the grave of Caroline Hicks, at left, one of seven moved from the now-forgotten Zion Cemetery to Memorial Park, an African-American cemetery in Tampa, Fla. The Florida Senate set aside $100,000 in its budget proposal to erect memorials at Zion and Ridgewood cemeteries in Tampa. Both were African Americas cemeteries that were abandoned and in some cases the land was developed on top of burial sites.(James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida lawmakers OK funding to commemorate black cemeteries

Feb. 12, 2020 4:05 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Memorials would be erected at two nearly forgotten Tampa cemeteries where hundreds of African Americans are buried, under a plan approved Wednesday by the Florida Senate amid outrage over years of indifference that permitted development on top of the burial sites. By unanimous...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 12, 2020 3:09 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Feb. 10 The Tampa Bay Times on legal notices in newspapers: Local governments have been required for decades to make a modest effort to keep residents informed about issues affecting their communities, from the common to the consequential. They have to publish...

In this Feb. 8, 2020 photo, Ryan Cherry works on an air conditioning unit in Orlando, Fla. Chris served time in prison for felony theft and cocaine possession. When he was released he started his own air conditioning business. When he tried to register to vote, he learned that he owed more than $300 in court fines and fees. Cherry enlisted an advocacy group for help with the cost and registered to vote. (Chris Day/Fresh Take Florida via AP)‚Äč

Florida courts struggle to collect fines owed by ex-felons

Feb. 10, 2020 5:43 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After serving two stints in Florida prison in the 1990s for felony theft and cocaine possession, Ryan Cherry returned home to his family in Orlando to start his own air conditioning business. Cherry, 48, tried to register to vote after Florida voters approved a constitutional...

Sen. Kelly Stargel gives her closing statements after debate over her bill SB 404, requiring parental consent for abortion for minors, at the Florida Capitol Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The bill passed the Senate 23-17 along party lines.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

E-Verify legislation could test Republican unity in Florida

Feb. 8, 2020 12:30 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans have mostly toed the party line during the first weeks of their legislative session. But that unity will certainly be tested when lawmakers begin debating a proposal to force private employers to use a federal database to check the immigration status of workers....