Latest Florida State Legislature News

Florida House picks conservative to serve as next speaker

Sep. 21, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House formally voted to pick its next speaker on Tuesday, a former U.S. Navy commander who outlined his firmly conservative beliefs during his acceptance speech. Republican Rep. Paul Renner will lead the House after next November's...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. September 2, 2021. Editorial: Florida should brace for a Texas-style attack on women’s reproductive rights ‘The misogyny rippling through this law is staggering.’ At midnight Sept. 1, the constitutional...

Florida governor might support abortion ban like Texas law

Sep. 02, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday he might support enacting a law that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, much like a Texas law that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to take effect. The Republican governor told...

Man accused of Gaetz extortion plot charged with wire fraud

Aug. 31, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — One of the men who U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz accused of being behind a plot to extort $25 million from his family in exchange for having a federal sex investigation into the congressman go away was indicted Tuesday on charges of wire fraud and attempting to stop...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 25, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

Miami Herald. August 20, 2021. Editorial: Has DeSantis muzzled Florida’s top doc? Rivkees, a pediatrician, silent as kids get COVID Where in the world is Florida’s surgeon general — a pediatrician, no less — as COVID numbers spike for kids in...

Candidate pleads guilty in alleged Florida vote scam

Aug. 24, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A sham candidate for the Florida Legislature pleaded guilty Tuesday to being part of a vote siphoning scheme in last year's election and will testify against a former Republican state senator who prosecutors say ran it. Alex Rodríguez...

Census: Growth in GOP stronghold as Florida adds House seat

Aug. 13, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida prepares to add a 28th congressional seat and the major parties get ready to fight for control of the U.S. House, new census data shows the country's fastest-growing metropolitan area is a popular retirement area that is overwhelmingly Republican — just...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 11, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. August 11, 2021. Editorial: ALEC and the FEC: Did right-wing organization violate campaign law and its own tax-exempt status? It’s more than coincidence when Republican legislatures throughout the nation all start...

US officials approve Florida-Seminole sports betting deal

Aug. 06, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials approved a deal Friday that will allow the Seminole Tribe to operate sports betting and add roulette and craps to its seven Florida casinos, with the state potentially receiving $20 billion over the next 30 years. Gov. Ron...

DeSantis feuds with Biden White House as COVID cases rise

Aug. 06, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It didn't take much for the White House to set Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis off. As coronavirus cases rise across the Sun Belt, President Joe Biden asked GOP governors to “get out of the way” of efforts to contain the virus. DeSantis fired back...