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DeSantis' Key Proposals Face Early Obstacles In Capitol

Oct 30, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis
CHRIS DAY/FRESH TAKE FLORIDA

Ambitious proposals by Gov. Ron DeSantis to raise minimum teacher salaries and require employers to verify the lawful immigration status for workers collided Tuesday with early concerns from Florida’s lawmakers.

Senate President Bill Galvano
News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday continued his full-throated support of a plan to increase minimum teacher salaries in Florida to $47,500, but Senate President Bill Galvano cautioned it might be difficult to carry out.

Casey Chapter / WFSU

In a state with a painful history of gun violence, Florida lawmakers swiftly condemned shootings that claimed 31 lives earlier this summer in Texas and Ohio.

Bill Galvano
NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Florida House Democrats say they’ve rounded up more than enough support to require votes from both Republican-dominated chambers of the Legislature to determine if there is any appetite for a special session dealing with gun violence.

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano is the driving force behind a new transportation plan coming up for another committee discussion in the Senate Tuesday. But the measure could face a bumpy road in the House.

New Leaders, New Agendas As Florida Legislature Set To Begin

Mar 3, 2019

Florida's 2019 Legislative session begins Tuesday with a new governor, new Legislative leaders, and new priorities.

Photo Courtesy of Florida Department of Environmental Protection

There is little chance the Florida Senate will revisit a controversial state law that has impacted public access to some beach areas, according to top Republicans in the chamber.

‘Free Market’ Marijuana Changes Could Be Hard Sell

Feb 1, 2019

He’s not calling it a cartel, as Gov. Ron DeSantis did.

But House Speaker José Oliva acknowledged this week that the state’s “vertically integrated” medical marijuana system – which requires operators to grow, process and dispense cannabis and related products – “isn’t terribly free market.”