Money, dough, the green stuff; Regan McCarthy reports that’s what a group of lawmakers spent their Wednesday talking about –who doesn’t get it, who does and how much the state is willing to give them.
Several abortion bills are now headed to the Florida House floor, after clearing their last committee stop Wednesday. They include a bill that seeks to ban abortions based on the sex or gender of the unborn child. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, lawmakers had mixed feelings on the issue, at times voting against their own party.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing three changes he’d like to see in the laws governing how the state runs its elections. The changes reverse some of the election law reforms that Scott signed into law two years ago.
Scott’s office released a statement saying the proposed changes are meant to "restore Floridians' confidence in our election system."
Election supervisors from several Florida counties are turning in their wish lists for how the state’s election law needs to change. The Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections heard from the county officials Monday about what they think caused problems during the 2012 election.
The committee heard testimony from nine elections supervisors, including those from several of the biggest counties.
The Florida Republican lawmaker who sponsored last-year’s controversial election-law changes that shortened the early voting period has filed new legislation to expand it once again. But the Florida Democratic Party is decrying the new bill as grossly inadequate.
Just as they did in all U.S. states, Florida’s presidential electors met to cast their official ballots on Monday. The Democratic electors unanimously chose President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the Florida Capitol.
In the Florida Senate chambers, Democratic electors gathered from around the state. Many brought family members to share the experience, some still in diapers. Infant Hillary Eleanor was there with her dad, former Orange County state Rep. Scott Randolph, and mom, Susannah Randolph, who’s one of the electors.