Latest Florida State Legislature News

Citizen initiatives will be harder to get on Florida ballot

May. 07, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans have succeeded in making it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution under a bill Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Friday. The new law limits contributions by groups promoting ballot initiatives. Political...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 05, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

Sun Sentinel. April 30, 2021. Editorial: Florida’s shame: Ten terrible decisions by a broken Legislature The 2021 session of the Legislature ended Friday — and not a moment too soon. The policy wreckage lawmakers leave behind...

Florida governor signs bills on literacy, early learning

May. 04, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a pair of education bills into law Tuesday that proponents hope will improve student literacy and early learning programs that prepare children for kindergarten. One bill signed into law...

Missouri latest state to thwart voter-approved policies

May. 01, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers recently shut down attempts to pay for Medicaid expansion, in what is the latest example of a statehouse fighting to undo voter-enacted polices. Critics argued during a contentious debate in the state Senate on Thursday that...

How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

May. 01, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature. The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in...

Budget, bass, bicycle seats: Florida passes big mix of bills

May. 01, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature approved bills that will make it more difficult to vote, create tough penalties for violent protests, shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, ban transgenders from girls' sports and make it more difficult for citizens to change the...

COVID? What COVID? Florida passes $101.5 B budget

Apr. 30, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A year ago, the Florida Legislature ended its annual session several days late amid fears for the future as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold. This year, lawmakers closed out their session by midafternoon on the last of 60 days, passing a $101.5 billion...

Florida retreats on launch for college athlete compensation

Apr. 30, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers did a reverse play on an athletes compensation bill just before the clock ran out Friday, after college athletes and others called foul on an attempt to delay their ability to hire agents and ink endorsement deals. After that...

Effort to protect consumer data privacy stalls in Florida

Apr. 30, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A campaign by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help Floridians regain ownership of the troves of data that companies collect came to a halt Friday, when state lawmakers could not agree on how tightly to limit how Big Data harvests and uses people's information. ...

Florida Republicans move against social media companies

Apr. 29, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Concerned that social media companies were conspiring against conservatives, Florida Republicans sent a measure Thursday to Gov. Ron DeSantis that would punish online platforms that lawmakers assert discriminate against conservative thought. The...