Latest Florida State Legislature News

Boy ordered in custody after shooting at deputies with girl

Jun. 03, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy accused of joining a 14-year-old girl in a shootout with an assault weapon and shotgun against Florida deputies from a home they had broken into earlier this week will be held for 21 days at a secure detention facility pending a hearing, a judge...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 26, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

Sun Sentinel. May 21, 2021. Editorial: Shame on secretive senators for hiding gambling intentions The new gambling deal between Florida and the Seminole Tribe is for 30 years. That’s an eternity in a state that grows and changes so fast and is...

New Florida law protects against pandemic-related fraud

May. 25, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents and visitors are expected to have increased protections against fraud and scams during the coronavirus pandemic under a bill signed Tuesday. The bill went to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis after the Florida House and Senate both...

Florida governor signs bill for Seminole sports betting deal

May. 25, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Seminole Tribe would be able to operate sports betting and add roulette and craps to its casinos and Florida would potentially receive $20 billion over the next 30 years, under legislation signed by the governor Tuesday. Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Florida law seeks to rein in large social media companies

May. 24, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that seeks to punish social media platforms that remove “conservative ideas” from their sites, though it is not clear if it would pass constitutional muster because it might violate the First...

Florida governor signs 'tax holidays' into law

May. 21, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSatis agreed to temporarily suspend sales taxes on back-to-school supplies, emergency preparedness purchases and recreational activities meant to encourage people back into the outdoors, music venues, museums and other post-pandemic endeavors. ...

Florida OKs sports betting operated by Seminole Tribe

May. 19, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Seminole Tribe would be able to operate sports betting and add roulette and craps to its casinos and Florida would potentially receive $20 billion over the next 30 years, under an agreement the Legislature approved Wednesday. The House voted...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 19, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. May 18, 2021. Editorial: Do some good with gambling: Expand Medicaid The Seminole gambling compact that the Florida Legislature is considering in special session this week anticipates $2.5 billion in new state revenue over...

Florida Senate passes gambling agreement with Seminole Tribe

May. 18, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sports betting in Florida is a step closer to legalization after the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday approving a gambling agreement signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe. The bill that was passed 38-1 also...

Florida lawmakers consider gambling pact with Seminole Tribe

May. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature opened a special session on Monday to consider an agreement signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis with the Seminole Tribe that could legalize sports gambling and bring the state billions of dollars in revenue. The...