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The Florida Senate has hired a prominent Tallahassee lawyer amid a probe into sexual-harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican.

Major contenders running for Florida governor are getting a chance to give their campaign pitch to reporters and editors from across the state.

The Associated Press is holding its annual pre-session planning day on Thursday at the Capitol. The session starts in January.

Three Democrats and two Republicans running for governor in 2018 are scheduled to appear.

Gov. Rick Scott is leaving office in early 2019 due to term limits.

Against a backdrop of clandestine investigations and an exposed affair that prompted a lawmaker's resignation, a leading Republican state senator contends there is an "organized effort" to "tear down" the Senate ahead of the 2018 legislative session.

Bills paying tribute to former North Florida Republican Greg Evers are quickly moving through the legislature.

Hurricane Irma is throwing a wrench in Florida’s budget for the coming year.  Lawmakers were already facing a daunting challenge crafting a balanced budget.

A Senate panel has approved a plan to appropriate new dollars for the St. Johns River and Florida’s springs.  But the proposal could wind up vying for funding with a beach restoration measure.

Two state lawmakers are seeking to honor a fallen former colleague, who died last month in a single car wreck near his North Florida home.

Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala wants Florida’s utility companies to stop contributing to campaigns this election cycle and invest in improving equipment instead.

Latvala Asks Scott To Free Up $20M For Opioid Fight

Aug 29, 2017

Saying the “opioid crisis presents an existential threat,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala on Monday asked Gov. Rick Scott to use executive authority to provide $20 million for opioid-related services.

Latvala Rolls Out Campaign For Governor

Aug 17, 2017
Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

State Senator Jack Latvala kicked off his campaign for governor Wednesday with a multi-city tour around the state. He received a warm welcome from his home base in Pinellas County when he gave a speech at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.


The Florida Channel

Republican state senator Jack Latvala says he is entering the Florida governor's race.

Latvala Launches Campaign For Governor

Aug 11, 2017
The Florida Channel

Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, joined the 2018 race for governor on Friday, filing papers to make his campaign official.

Latvala To Hold Meeting On Opioid ‘Crisis’

Jul 20, 2017

With overdose deaths from heroin and other opioids dramatically increasing in Palm Beach County, Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, will hold a roundtable discussion next month to delve into the problems.

Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala, the irascible Senate budget chief who is mulling a run for governor, is already spicing up the race.

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It costs a lot of money to keep Florida’s beaches “postcard ready.” How much sand is on your favorite beach? In some cases, not quite enough.


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Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, Florida may finally restore one of its main programs that aids students headed to college.

The state Legislature late Monday approved an overhaul of the state's higher education system that is intended to lift schools in the Sunshine State into the ranks of elite counterparts.

Florida Sen. Jack Latvala says he’s not ready to give up politics after he’s term limited in the Senate next year. But he won’t say what he’s eyeing next. Latvala spoke at the Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee.

University Plans Could Run Into Budget Crunch

Nov 25, 2016

A tight budget year could cast doubt on Senate President Joe Negron's effort to increase the funding and bolster the quality of Florida's state university system.

But Negron, a Stuart Republican who toured all 12 universities in the spring, said Tuesday that he expects lawmakers to reallocate funding in the $82 billion state budget to meet the Senate and House goals in the 2017 legislative session.

Latvala Criticizes House Politics, Right Wing Of GOP

Nov 15, 2015
The Florida Channel

Since his return to the state Senate five years ago, Jack Latvala hasn't shied away from controversy.

At times, the old-school Republican politician has been a thorn in the side of leaders in both chambers, and he hasn't exactly let Gov. Rick Scott off the hook, either.

In 2012, for example, Latvala was instrumental in killing a priority of Scott and top GOP lawmakers that would have privatized more than two-thirds of the state's prisons. The following year, he played a major role in blocking a pension overhaul sought by then-House Speaker Will Weatherford.

Gaetz, Latvala Locked In War Of Words Over Redistricting

Oct 29, 2015
The Florida Channel

The fight over redistricting descended into a personal war of words between two prominent senators Wednesday, as the pair traded accusations of bullying and violating the state's constitutional ban on political gerrymandering.

The verbal brawl began when former Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, used an unusual procedural move to take the floor and blast Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, for publicly criticizing Gaetz's conduct during the 2012 redistricting process.

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