Florida Legislature

New Law Will Send More Money To Ports

Apr 5, 2016
Office of the Governor

More money will be floated yearly to the state's 15 seaports under a wide-ranging transportation bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Rick Scott.

Deadline Approaches For Victim Protections Bill

Apr 5, 2016

Governor Rick Scott has until Wednesday to act on a bill that could expand protections for victims of abuse.

Mental Health Reform Effort Heads To Scott

Apr 5, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott will have 15 days to take action on a bill (SB 12) that would make wide-ranging changes in the state's mental-health and substance-abuse treatment systems.

Another Nursery Approved For Marijuana Industry

Apr 5, 2016

State health officials on Monday paved the way for Gainesville-based San Felasco Nurseries to join five other dispensing organizations authorized to grow medical marijuana in Florida.

Florida Prisons Plan To Hire More Than 4,000 People

Apr 4, 2016

Florida's prison agency says it is planning to hire more than 4,000 new correctional officers in the next 15 months.

Feds Could Block State Ban On Planned Parenthood Money

Apr 4, 2016

A new Florida abortion law seeks to ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions --- such as clinics run by Planned Parenthood --- but the federal government appears unlikely to allow that part of the law to take effect.

Scott Signs Medicine Age Limit, Gas Pump Skimmer Bill

Apr 4, 2016

A plan to keep teens from buying over-the-counter cough medicines was among 14 bills signed into law late last week by Gov. Rick Scott.

A prescription drug that counters the effects of an opioid overdose will soon be available over the counter.

Health Bills, Tax Cuts, 'Legacy Florida' Go To Scott

Mar 31, 2016

Scott received a handful of health-care bills, including a measure (HB 221) that addresses a controversial health-insurance issue known as "balance billing."

Governor Gives Backing To Dozier ‘Justice’ Bill

Mar 31, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a bill addressing what one lawmaker described as a "dark chapter" in Florida history at a now-shuttered reform school.

Renewable Energy Issue To Go On Primary Ballot

Mar 28, 2016
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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill that will place on the Aug. 30 primary-election ballot a proposal that could give commercial property owners a tax break on renewable energy devices.

Scott Signs Boater Safety Bill After Tragedy

Mar 28, 2016
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In an issue prompted by the disappearance last year of two young boaters, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill that will provide a discount on vessel-registration fees if boaters show they have purchased and registered emergency locator devices.

Scott Signs Bill Tightening Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

Mar 28, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday approved a sweeping measure that will tighten restrictions on Florida abortion clinics to the point that some say they will be forced to close.

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill that supporters said will help the court system address issues with criminal defendants who have mental illnesses.

Scott Approves Medical Marijuana For Terminally Ill

Mar 28, 2016

With Floridians poised to vote this fall on broad legalization of medical marijuana, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill that will allow terminally ill patients to have access to marijuana as they try to ease suffering.

Scott Signs Bills On Body Cameras, Dental Care

Mar 28, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed 34 bills into law, including a measure that will require standards for the use of police body cameras and a plan that could lead to revamping dental care in the Medicaid program.

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed nine bills, including a high-profile measure requiring local law-enforcement agencies to submit "rape kits" to be tested and another allowing the creation of a needle-exchange program in Miami-Dade County.

Florida has a new police body cameras law on the books. Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into statute Thursday.

Scott Ready To Take On Action On Stack Of Bills

Mar 23, 2016

It's time for Gov. Rick Scott to have his say.

Scott during the next four days will take action on more than 100 bills passed during this year's legislative session, including a proposal to expand regulations on abortion clinics and a measure that would allow terminally ill patients to have access to medical marijuana.

Children of Legal Immigrants Will Soon Be Eligible For Coverage

Mar 23, 2016

Thousands of children of legal immigrants will be closer to obtaining subsidized health insurance this summer, after the Legislature passed a long-debated expansion of the state's KidCare program.

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