Latest Florida State Legislature News

Volunteers load groceries into cars during a food distribution event, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida lawmaker tests positive amid 173 coronavirus deaths

Jul. 23, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A second Florida lawmaker said Thursday he has tested positive for the coronavirus as the state reached a new milestone with 173 reported coronavirus deaths and pushed the total number of cases in the state past 389,000. State Rep. Randy Fine, a Republican who represents the...

A health care worker prepares to test a driver in line at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida legislator recovering from virus; cases rising

Jul. 8, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida legislator said Wednesday that he is recovering from the coronavirus but his parents are now infected, while a man and his three sons are facing federal charges that they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical mixture as a miracle cure for the coronavirus and other...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Florida enacts heat stroke protections for student athletes

Jun. 24, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A grieving mother's plea to Florida lawmakers was fulfilled when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure requiring schools to do more to protect student athletes from heat strokes, including having water-filled tubs at games and practices to rapidly cool the body. Laurie Giordano had...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 17, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ June 17 The Miami Herald on surging COVID-19 cases in the state: On the same day that Florida posted the largest number ever of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in a single day, Gov. DeSantis stood firm declaring, “We’re not rolling back.”...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 10, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ June 9 The Orlando Sentinel on requiring authorities to wear body cameras: Imagine the possible outcome if a video recording had not captured Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. No matter how many eyewitnesses might have...

FILE- In this March 4, 2013, file photo, Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Coconut Grove, Sen, Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, right, and Sen. Charles Dean, R-Inverness, in back, listen to discussion of the Ethics and Elections bill (SB2) on the floor of the Senate, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Margolis, the first woman to serve as the leader of a state Senate, died early Tuesday, June 9, 2020. She was 85. Margolis served 30 years in the Florida Legislature, including three different times in the Senate. She served as Senate president from 1990-1992, and was the last Democrat to lead the chamber. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

Margolis, Florida's first female Senate president, dies

Jun. 9, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrat Gwen Margolis, the first woman to serve as the leader of a state Senate, died early Tuesday. She was 85. Margolis served 30 years in the Florida Legislature, including three different times in the Senate. She served as Senate president from 1990-1992, and was the last...