Mike La Rosa

Houses along beach in Seadside
Erich Martin

A bill moving through the Florida House would preempt local governments from passing ordinances pertaining specifically to vacation rentals. Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) says local governments are passing rules so stringent some people may be forced to stop renting their homes.

Florida House of Representatives

A controversial growth management bill is growing less so. Environmentalists and local governments persuaded the sponsor, Republican Representative Mike La Rosa of St. Cloud, to back off a hot-button issue.

Florida Republicans have named a candidate to replace Representative Mike Horner, the state lawmaker whose name was linked to a prostitution ring in Orlando and has since stepped down. But, some say introducing a candidate this late into the race will confuse voters and could cause the new GOP nominee to lose the race.