State News

Florida Channel

The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received unanimous support at his initial confirmation hearing in the Senate this week. But, he spent much of the time reassuring a panel of lawmakers about his agency’s working relationship with Florida’s troubled prison system.

Florida House of Representatives

It’s the gold standard for every conservative – a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Jeffrey Utsch, executive vice president of the ultra-conservative Compact for America, preaches it in a video on his group’s website:

chess set with black and white board
Curtis Perry

As budget negotiations between the Florida House and Senate approach lawmakers are carefully arranging their chess sets. But as some are worried a House plan could end up putting state employees in check.

Florida Unemployment Rate
Bureau of Labor Statistics

After three months in neutral, Florida’s unemployment rate is continuing its steady decline.  The rate dipped from 5.7 to 5.6 percent last month.

Rep. Robert Cortes (R-Maitland)
The Florida Channel

The Florida House is close to amending the state’s Civil Rights Act to prohibit pregnancy discrimination.  It’s a symbolic move, and far from a sure thing, but lawmakers are happy to see it moving forward.