Legislature 2017

Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, House Speaker Richard Corcoran
State of Florida, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives

Can Florida Lawmakers leave Tallahassee on time? The mood in the state capital has gone from one of pessimism, to cautious optimism that leaders can strike key deals in time.

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Florida currently requires auto drivers to carry personal injury protection of at least $10,000 in medical benefits. But critics say that isn’t enough to cover health care costs when there’s an accident. Lawmakers are considering changing up the insurance coverage drivers must have.

Senate Health Policy meeting.
Nick Evans

The Florida Senate is tackling Amendment Two—the medical marijuana constitutional provision that gained approval in November.  As they get to work, lawmakers will need to decide whether to keep existing law in place or start over.

Nick Evans

State economists are projecting Florida will have slightly more money in its coffers next year.  But lawmakers will still face tough economic choices.

House members meeting for a Legislator University seminar.
Nick Evans

Florida’s House members spent a few days in the Capitol going over the rudiments of passing bills.  The so-called Legislator University is aimed at building unity ahead of a likely contentious legislative session.

Nick Evans

Florida House members are taking a crash course on the chamber’s rules and procedures.

Nick Evans

Committee meetings for the state legislature are right around the corner, and House leaders are hoping to make sure new and returning lawmakers are ready.  The House is holding a two day series of seminars it calls Legislator University.