Latest Florida State Legislature News

South Florida officials seeking more international soccer

Dec. 13, 2019 8:08 PM EST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — More than two dozen political leaders in South Florida have written letters to the U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors, urging them to allow top-tier international matches to take place in the Miami region. Relevent Sports, the soccer-promoting group owned by Miami...

City truck smashes into a Florida state lawmaker’s office

Nov. 26, 2019 6:57 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida municipal worker appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he crashed a city truck into the office of a state lawmaker. The Ledger reports that the 21-year-old man was hospitalized after the crash Tuesday morning in Fort Meade. The Polk County...

Sunshine State considers banning sunscreen bans

Nov. 5, 2019 4:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida tourist haven Key West wants to protect coral reefs that attract divers, so it's banning sunscreens that contain chemicals that could harm them. But Florida lawmakers who think it's more important to protect humans are moving toward outlawing the Key West's sunscreen ban...

Parkland commission urges boost in mental health funding

Nov. 1, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A commission investigating the Parkland school shooting is calling for improved mental health services, including more funding, to help schoolchildren deal with the stresses in their lives — a strategy the commission hopes will help prevent more violence from erupting at...

Florida considers allowing college athletes to earn money

Oct. 24, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Following California's lead, Florida lawmakers are tackling NCAA rules that prohibit college athletes from reaping financial benefits from their prowess in the arena of big-money sports. With a bounty of marquee college sports programs, Florida could help student athletes flex...

Florida Senate backs sheriff's ouster over Parkland shooting

Oct. 23, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate handed a political victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, as the chamber backed the suspension of a county sheriff who the Republican governor said bungled the response to last year's mass shooting in Parkland that killed 17 people. The 25-15 vote for removal...

The Latest: Florida Senate backs ouster of Broward sheriff

Oct. 23, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida Senate's decision on the suspension of a county sheriff (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Florida Senate is backing Gov. Ron DeSantis in suspending a county sheriff who the Republican governor said bungled the handling of last year's mass shooting in...

The Florida Senate is backing the governor's ouster of a county sheriff over his handling of the Parkland mass shooting

Oct. 23, 2019 5:50 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate is backing the governor's ouster of a county sheriff over his handling of the Parkland mass shooting.

Panel backs removal of sheriff over school shooting response

Oct. 21, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The tragedy of the Parkland school massacre framed a developing political drama in Florida's capital, as a divided legislative panel on Monday sided with the state's Republican governor in removing a county sheriff accused of mishandling the response to the shooting that killed 17...

The Latest: Florida panel backs governor in ousting sheriff

Oct. 21, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida Senate's debate over ouster of Broward County Sheriff (all times local): 10 p.m. A divided legislative panel has sided with Florida's Republican governor in removing a county sheriff accused of mishandling the response to a school shooting that killed 17...