Latest Florida State Legislature News

Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe

Aug. 09, 2022 07:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI searched Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday, a move that represents a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law...

Black farmers feel left out of medical marijuana system

Aug. 07, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Nearly six years ago, the Florida Legislature set aside a medical marijuana license for a Black farmer like John Allen to join the burgeoning industry. But the license still has not been issued by the Florida Department of Health, which regulates the...

DeSantis suspends elected prosecutor over new abortion law

Aug. 04, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the elected state prosecutor of Tampa on Thursday for pledging not to enforce the state's new 15-week abortion ban and for supporting gender transition treatments for minors. The Republican governor announced the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 13, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. July 6, 2022. Editorial: Write plain-English rules to save Florida’s natural springs now A jargon-laden draft leaves people confused and the springs unprotected. Florida’s freshwater springs need our help. We’ve abused them in...

Providers argue Florida's privacy measure protects abortion

Jun. 26, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state court is being asked to block a new Florida law which bans most abortions after 15 weeks just days after a conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority overturned a landmark case that had provided constitutional protections for women seeking abortions for almost 50...

Florida primary will be a scramble to fill US House seats

Jun. 20, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With about two months before Florida’s primary, the most exciting event to watch outside the Democratic nomination for governor is the mad scramble to fill congressional seats. The departure of four U.S. House members, Florida’s acquisition of a new...

White House: Florida doctors can order under-5 COVID shots

Jun. 17, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida doctors will be able to order COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 from the federal government, the White House said Friday, after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state would not order and distribute the shots in the state. The state was the only...

Judge strikes down law limiting ballot initiative donations

Jun. 16, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Florida law limiting contributions to people or political committees championing ballot initiatives, ruling it violates the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor in Tallahassee on Wednesday issued a permanent...

Disney delaying Florida campus but not because of tensions

Jun. 16, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is delaying by more than three years the opening of a campus in central Florida to which 2,000 workers were being relocated from Southern California to work in digital technology, finance and product development. Despite being...

No contest plea for extorting official with explicit photos

Jun. 15, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges related to trying to get $5,000 from a state senator after threatening to release what he said were sexually explicit photos of her. Jeremy Kamperveen, 20, of Plantation, entered an open plea in Broward County...