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Florida Democratic legislators are using an obscure state law to try to force the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the state's contentious "stand your ground law."

Following last year’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub and this year’s at the Fort Lauderdale airport, some Republican lawmakers are showing even more support for open carry-related bills. But, a gun coalition as well as some Democratic lawmakers are countering those pro-gun bills with measures of their own.

Judiciary Committee To Consider Death Penalty, Workers’ Comp

Jan 4, 2017

Preparing for the annual legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee next week will start weighing two high-profile issues: the death penalty and workers' compensation insurance.


'Mass Confusion' As Medical Marijuana Amendment Goes Into Effect

Jan 4, 2017

Even as the state prepares to carry out a constitutional amendment authorizing medical marijuana, a lack of guidance from health officials could create a "very murky and dangerous legal area" for patients and doctors.

A legislative effort to ban red light cameras throughout the state of Florida is back. But, as in years past, it’s sure to encounter opposition from one of the cameras’ original champions.

Negron Eyes Changes To Medicaid

Dec 21, 2016

With Donald Trump moving into the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, Florida Senate President Joe Negron said Tuesday he wants to start working on a "framework" for how the state could move forward with major changes in the Medicaid program.

State Senator Proposes ‘Tampon Tax’ Exemption

Dec 16, 2016

A Senate Republican on Thursday filed a proposal that would create a sales-tax exemption on the sale of feminine hygiene products — part of a broader move in states to end what has become known as the "tampon tax."

Senate Panel Digs Into Medicaid Long-Term Care

Dec 15, 2016

With a major nursing-home group looking for changes, a Senate panel Wednesday began delving into part of the Medicaid program that involves seniors enrolling in managed-care plans.

Knox Medical is the fourth organization to receive authorization to distribute low-THC medical marijuana in the state of Florida.


Juan Cruz is a smartly dressed 15 year old Deltona boy: Black ball cap, bow tie, jeans and sneakers.

Sitting on a comfy leather couch, he’s handed a blue bag with his latest prescription: An orange-flavored medical marijuana spray with 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams CBD per dose. He pulls it out of the bag.

Florida Legislature To Tackle Death Penalty Sentencing Issue

Oct 19, 2016

For the second consecutive year, Florida lawmakers will attempt to fix the state's death-penalty sentencing scheme in response to court rulings finding that the process is unconstitutional.

A Florida judge will draw up new maps for the state's 27 congressional districts. After meeting in a two-week special session, Florida's House and Senate adjourned without agreeing on what the maps, ordered by the State Supreme Court, should look like.

This was the Florida Legislature's third attempt to draw congressional maps that comply with the state Constitution. Under an amendment adopted by voters in 2010, Florida's Legislature must compile maps for congressional and legislative districts that don't protect incumbents or political parties.

Redistricting Session Falls Apart Amid House-Senate Battle

Aug 21, 2015

A special session called to redraw state congressional lines was derailed Friday, the latest sign of growing acrimony between Republican leaders of the House and Senate.

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This week on Florida Matters, we are taking a look at some of the issues lawmakers are expected to take up during the upcoming 60-day session.