Legislature 2017

Mass shootings in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale have brought conversations about gun rights and restrictions front and center this legislative session. 

After battling for years over how to make healthcare more accessible and affordable, Florida lawmakers landed on a compromise. Instead of expanding Medicaid to cover more people, they decided during last year’s session to attack the cost of care directly, creating a database to make procedure pricing transparent.

State lawmakers are pushing to track sentencing as a way to stamp out disparities in how penalties are doled out.  But at its first hearing, the measure was put on hold.

As a similar proposal emerged in the Senate, a House panel Wednesday supported a controversial bill that could help clear the way for women to file lawsuits against doctors who perform abortions.

The Florida House is moving forward with a plan to pull out of the refugee resettlement program.

Business Groups Propose Workers’ Comp Changes

Feb 16, 2017

Associated Industries of Florida and other business groups released a proposal Tuesday aimed at holding down workers' compensation insurance rates — including revamping a state law about fees paid to injured workers' attorneys.

Florida’s Death Penalty Fix On A Fast Track

Feb 16, 2017

A proposal that would require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences to be imposed sailed through its first House vetting Wednesday, receiving unanimous approval from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Chiropractor’s Challenge To ‘PIP’ Law Rejected

Feb 16, 2017

Rejecting arguments by a chiropractor, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld part of a 2012 overhaul of the state's person-injury protection auto insurance system.

Senator Anitere Flores has spoken out against hydraulic fracturing in Florida, voted against it and written guest editorials. But the Miami Republican is sending her strongest message yet.

Gun Bills Filed In Legislature

Feb 14, 2017

A measure that would reduce the penalty for people who briefly display a firearm in public and make it a non-criminal offense has been filed in the House.

First responders who get post-traumatic stress disorder on the job soon may be eligible for more workers compensation benefits.

Lawmakers Back Unanimous Juries In Death Cases

Feb 7, 2017

Florida juries would have to unanimously agree that defendants should be condemned to death for the sentence to be imposed, under a proposal given swift and overwhelming approval at its first Senate committee Monday.

Sugar Farmers Balk At Selling Land For Reservoir

Feb 7, 2017

Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won't be "willing sellers" to the state.

A new study by the National Council of State Legislatures shows Florida lawmakers would face the toughest lobbying restrictions in the county under a proposal by House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

Florida State Sen. Bill Montford, R-Tallahasee, wants to encourage college students to make a career in education. He's proposing creating a scholarship to help pay for teacher certification.

Direct Primary Care Issue Re-Emerges In Florida Senate

Jan 5, 2017

A Senate Republican has filed a proposal that could help clear the way for "direct primary care" agreements in Florida — an issue that received support last year from the House, doctors and small businesses.

House Members Want To Revisit Health Bills

Jan 5, 2017

As House leaders pushed for changes last year in the state's health-care system, they backed the creation of "recovery care centers" and the use of "direct primary care" agreements. But the proposals died among broader disagreements with the Senate about health-care issues.

For the third year running Florida’s lawmakers will consider whether concealed weapons should be allowed on college campuses.

Campus Carry Bill Filed In Florida House

Dec 8, 2016
Florida House of Representatives

A controversial measure that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to pack heat while on college and university campuses was filed Wednesday by state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood.