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2018 Florida Legislature

With the third largest inmate population in the U.S., the Florida Department of Corrections is continuing to look for ways to get that number to decrease—even as it’s started declining in recent years. State lawmakers may be coming together on a solution that used to be controversial in the past.

A bipartisan coalition of Florida lawmakers are pushing two criminal justice reforms meant to roll back mass incarceration.

Florida’s prison population appears to be on the decline.

For the most part, Governor Rick Scott’s $87.4 billion budget proposal appears very promising. That’s according to the Florida Senate’s new budget chairman,  Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

Bethune Gets Backing To Replace Confederate In Capitol

Nov 16, 2017

A statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune is getting support in both chambers of the Legislature as a replacement for a Confederate general who has long represented Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is sending his final round of budget recommendations to state legislators.

This week, Governor Rick Scott announced tax cuts he'd like to have in place for next year. But he also recently said he wants to spend almost $2 billion dollars on environmental projects. 


A revived bill that wades into the abortion debate has passed its first Florida Senate Committee, but not without opposition.

Tallahassee is not the only state capitol reeling from sexual harassment claims. Legislatures in California, Indiana, Missouri, Washington and at least seven others are also dealing with the issue.

A bill seeking to make it easier for firearm dealers to pay for the criminal background checks has unanimously passed its first Senate committee.

A Senate panel on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill that would place into law a program that seeks to dissuade women from having abortions.

Senate Moves Again On Health Insurance Changes

Nov 8, 2017

Physicians would have greater leeway in prescribing medications to patients, and insurance companies would have less time to approve prior-authorization requests under a bill unanimously approved by a Senate panel Tuesday.

A bill giving a tax exemption on diapers and feminine hygiene products has cleared its first Florida Senate committee.

At a time when the FBI is scrutinizing Tallahassee’s community redevelopment agency, state lawmakers want to reform the groups across Florida. The FBI is currently looking into any wrongdoing stemming from development deals by Tallahassee’s CRA. But the capital city’s agency is not the only one suspected of misusing public money meant to combat blight and slums. 

A bill that would create a Florida system parallel to the existing federal Veterans Health Administration passed its first committee hearing Tuesday.

It would allow veterans to opt into the state’s Medicaid system in addition to or even instead of the VA.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott during his final year in office wants fees and taxes cut by $180 million.

Tallahassee Capitol 'Culture' Under Scrutiny After Spy Camera Found

Nov 4, 2017

Two months away from home in a highly competitive environment that is fueled by money, power and booze and in which careers are made or broken based on relationships built mainly after hours.

That's the backdrop for the unfolding drama in Tallahassee in which insiders and onlookers have developed an obsession with who is sleeping with whom, and who will be the next to be outed.

The prurient explosion began last week, when high-ranking Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens resigned from his seat after admitting he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

Senate President: `Zero Tolerance' For Sexual Harassment

Nov 3, 2017
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Under scrutiny since a high-ranking Democrat resigned after admitting an affair with a lobbyist, Senate President Joe Negron insisted Thursday he has a “zero-tolerance” policy toward sexual harassment and wants to make it easier for workers to complain if they have been mistreated.

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.

Some of Florida's top legislators are going to outline their priorities for the upcoming session.

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

Florida could be moving closer to stockpiling fuel for future hurricanes or other disasters.

A Florida lawmaker is filing a bill to find a way around the Electoral College. Rep. Joseph Geller (D-Aventura) wants the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. 

In Florida, 16- and 17-year-olds can get married to someone of any age with the signature of a parent. If a girl is pregnant, she can get married at any age, even at 10 and 11- years old.

But, a bill trying to cut down on under-age marriages is moving its way through the Florida Legislature, with the hope that it will end that practice.

Sen. Bill Galvano was designated as the next president of the Florida Senate on Tuesday with a unanimous vote by the Republican caucus.

Galvano, R-Bradenton, will succeed Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after the 2018 general election if Republicans maintain a majority in the Senate, where they now hold a 24-16 seat edge.

Florida senators are again tackling assignment of benefits.  The insurance provision has been a thorn in lawmakers’ sides for nearly five years.

After many failed efforts, a group of Democratic Florida lawmakers are hoping this is the year the state legislature will close the pay gap between men and women.

A bill making texting while driving a primary offense cleared its first Senate committee hearing Tuesday. Tallahassee resident Demetrius Branca supports the bill. In 2014, Branca lost his son Anthony to a person distracted by texting while driving.

You haven’t done anything wrong, but you’re pulled over anyway. The law enforcement officer asks to search your car. Should that officer be required to tell you about your right to decline the search? Florida lawmakers have started discussions about that very topic for the 2018 legislative session.

Due to Hurricane Irma, Florida lawmakers are warning their constituents that they may not have a lot of money this year for local projects. It comes as legislators across the state hold legislative delegation meetings where the public, local governments, and organizations outline their funding requests.

Sweeping Measure Addresses Prescription Pills

Oct 16, 2017

Doctors would be limited to prescribing seven days' worth of opioids for patients with acute pain and would have to check a statewide database before ordering most prescription pain medications, under a proposal filed Friday in the state House.

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