Latest Florida State Legislature News

Ex-wrestler, GOP House candidate says he regrets past arrest

Sep. 3, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former professional wrestler running in a Republican primary for a U.S. House seat says his arrest for battery was "unfortunate" and he regrets it. Dan Rodimer, who was known as Dan Rodman when he was with World Wrestling Entertainment, says the battery charge stemming from a 2010...

Florida Democrats fail to force special session on guns

Aug. 23, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers won't be convening for a special session on guns after Democrats failed to win support to immediately address an "epidemic of gun violence" in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. House Democrats needed support from at least 60 percent of each legislative...

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Aug. 21, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A call by Florida Democrats to convene a special session on guns got little traction among Republicans, even as Parkland shooting survivors on Wednesday renewed their pleas for more measures to combat gun violence. March For Our Lives, a group for formed by survivors of last year's...

Florida leaders move to condemn white nationalism

Aug. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators are moving to officially condemn white nationalism, with Democrats and Republicans alike drafting resolutions against hate-spurred violence, but the unity could be short-lived as elected officials plunge into debates over how the government should intervene to...

Court voids stalking injunction involving Florida senator

Aug. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A stalking injunction imposed on a man who disagrees with a Florida state senator's views on sex offenders has been overturned by an appeals court. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that the injunction violated Derek Logue's free speech rights and did not meet...

GOP Florida lawmakers delay immigration tour after El Paso

Aug. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Florida are postponing an immigration "listening tour," saying a charged atmosphere after the El Paso, Texas, shootings and the Mississippi immigration raids won't lead to a productive discussion. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, who also chairs the Republican...

The Latest: Accuser at center of released files speaks out

Aug. 10, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 11:20 p.m. The Jeffrey Epstein accuser who filed a since-settled lawsuit against Epstein's ex-girlfriend says she's grateful he will never harm anyone again, but is angry there will be no chance he answers for his conduct....

Some Florida lawmakers late in disclosing their finances

Aug. 10, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Democratic lawmakers are proving to be much worse than their Republican colleagues in complying with a state law that requires they disclose their finances. More than five weeks after the July 1 deadline and more than a week after late notices were sent out to lawmakers,...

Florida lawmaker seeks more action to stop mass shootings

Aug. 5, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a state traumatized by mass shootings, a top Florida legislator urged fellow lawmakers Monday in the aftermath of the Texas and Ohio massacres to explore new steps to curb gun violence such as addressing hate and white nationalism. Florida was once the epicenter of the debate...

Florida senator files bill to outlaw declawing most cats

Aug. 3, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state senator has filed legislation that would outlaw declawing of cats except under certain circumstances. The bill filed Friday by Democratic Sen. Lauren Book of Plantation would impose fines of $1,000 on veterinarians who declaw cats when it is not medically...