Florida Politics

Trio Of Bills Awaiting Governor Scott's Signature

Feb 19, 2018
Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

A trio of bills are heading to Governor Rick Scott’s office this week - the final step before becoming law. 

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Despite high graduation rates and increases in awarded degrees, a bill in the Senate looks to give Florida’s Community College System a governing facelift. This has led many community college leaders to warn of the unnecessary and unintended consequences that may result from such a bill. 

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott is calling on the FBI Director to resign after the agency didn’t take action on information received about the 19-year-old who killed 17 people at a South Florida High School.

Thursday Marked The First Black Girls Day At The Capitol

Feb 15, 2018
Davondra Alston

Thursday was the first Black Girls Day at the Florida Capitol. The event highlights policies that affect African American women in Florida.

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Florida foster care providers are struggling to keep up with the number of children entering the system as a result of opioid-related deaths. 

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Payday loan providers are asking for more options and extended repayments. They argue it will give borrowers more flexibility but opponents say it’s a trap for low-income borrowers. 

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The Florida Legislature is looking to impose new restrictions on abortion. A measure that would ban a common procedure passed a divided House committee Thursday.

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All day care vans must include a safety alarm, under a bill that passed its first Florida Senate committee earlier this week. The measure stems from the death of a young boy left in a hot van last year for almost half a day.

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Tuesday in Tallahassee was a day for love and awareness. Governor Rick Scott marked the day as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day. Advocates took it as their cue to ask for their legislative priorities this Valentines Day.

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Florida lawmakers want first responders to get workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. But the House bill would only give them a year to file a claim. 

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A number of child welfare bills are continuing to move in the Florida Legislature.

Lawmakers Debate University Performance Funding

Feb 13, 2018
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An education bill is sparking debate about how universities receive performance funding and lawmakers are facing an important decision about the future of the program.

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A legislative effort to allow pharmacists to issue flu tests to sick Floridians is on hold for now. It comes at a time when health officials say this year’s flu season is just as bad as the swine flu epidemic nearly a decade ago.

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Two bills in the house would hold high school teachers accountable for sexual offenses against adult students. Current Florida law cannot prosecute a school authority figure who has a relationship with a student who is 18 or older. House Bill 515 makes such relationships second-degree felonies, while House Bill 1391 ensures school districts monitor offenders.  Rep. Amber Mariano (R-Port Richey), a sponsor of the bill, says this issue hits close to home.

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Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, Florida lawmakers believe the State has been inactive when tackling the issue of displaced Puerto Ricans. This has opened the floodgates for an issue Florida has been dealing with for years.

Teachers' Unions Threatened By Florida House Bill

Feb 9, 2018
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House Bill 7055 has been a lightning rod for controversy. The measure is known for a move to offer bullied students scholarships for private or charter schools. But, tucked away in the bill’s 200 pages, one provision threatens teachers’ unions with decertification.

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Remember those billboards on the highway imploring drivers to "choose life"? Florida lawmakers want to fund them with taxpayer dollars. A bill that would cement contracts with pro-life pregnancy centers is heading to the Governor’s desk.

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A bill allowing Florida prison officials to recruit more young correctional officers is continuing to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature.

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While Florida lawmakers approved funding for the so-called Hope Scholarship program as part of the House budget proposal, bills creating the program are still making their way through the committee process.

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A bill would require the display of the state motto ‘In God We Trust’ in every Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classroom in the state.  

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Will a descendant of a Confederate soldier be willing to agenda a controversial bill that’s next heading to his Florida Senate committee? The measure would get rid of certain holidays on the Florida books, which includes Confederate Memorial Day.

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Florida lawmakers want to restrict certain abortions for women in their second trimester. Judges in other states have struck down similar laws as unconstitutional. But legal concerns are not slowing the bill down. A warning, this story may be distressing to some.

Democratic Women's Club Of Florida Demands Equal Rights

Feb 6, 2018
Davondra Alston

The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida is demanding equal pay. The Equal Rights Amendment would minimize discrimination in the workplace and give women the opportunity to earn the same wage as men. 

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Already, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected more than three dozen appeals involving death row inmates, who received their sentences before 2002 and did not require unanimous juries. A panel of Florida lawmakers is now trying again to make a fix to that part of the state’s death penalty process.

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Florida lawmakers want to expand the use of digital voting and tallying machines. Many of the state’s election managers are behind the plan. But critics don’t want to leave the paper ballot behind.

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