Lawmakers Seek Answers On Workers’ Comp

Dec 8, 2016

With businesses bracing for rate increases, Florida House members this week began grappling with the tricky political and legal challenge of revamping the workers' compensation insurance system.

It’s lunchtime at Jacksonville’s Lee High School, and Principal Scott Schneider walks down the school’s math hall. He says Lee has had its share of teacher vacancies.

Florida Senate

A bill giving guideposts for determining whether Florida lawmakers live in their districts is headed for the full Legislature after passing its committee Wednesday. The bill gives the Senate final say when allegations arise that someone lives outside their district.

Drones, Drugs and More: 150 New Laws Take Effect in Florida Today

Jul 1, 2013
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An overhaul of high school graduation standards, an attempt to ban bongs and additional restrictions on abortion are on a long list of new Florida laws that take effect today.

A measure that critics contend will speed up executions in Florida also is scheduled to take effect, although the Timely Justice Act has already sparked a legal challenge.

More than 150 new laws passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott take effect today. They include the state's $74.1 billion budget, with $480 million that legislators set aside for teacher pay raises.

Representatives in the Florida House voted to keep low health insurance premiums for themselves next year, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Critics say it’s hypocritical for members of the House to pay just $8.34 a month for individual coverage, or $30 for a family policy, since the plan they wanted to offer to some of the state’s poorest uninsured would have cost $25 a month. Meanwhile, state senators and most state employees pay much more for health insurance than state representatives.