Latest Florida State Legislature News

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...

Florida faces $1.2 million verdict for killing citrus trees

Jun. 08, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The owner of a commercial nursery has won a $1.2 million judgment against the Florida Department of Agriculture in the latest verdict against the state agency for destroying citrus trees in the 2000s during an attempt to stop the spread of costly tree diseases. ...

DeSantis signs budget with tax suspensions, worker raises

Jun. 02, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a $109.9 billion state budget bill that includes pay raises for state workers and law enforcement, as well as tax suspensions on gas, diapers and school supplies. The Republican governor signed the budget...

NC parents' bill blocking K-3 LGBTQ curriculum clears Senate

Jun. 01, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina “Parents' Bill of Rights" legislation that in part would prohibit instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in K-3 public school curriculum was approved Wednesday by the state Senate. The near party-line vote suggests a likely...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 01, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. May 31, 2022. Editorial: How Attorney General Ashley Moody failed Floridians The eyes of Texas’ legal establishment are on its disgraced attorney general, Ken Paxton. The Texas Bar has taken steps to discipline Paxton for...