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During Florida’s 2019 Legislative session, lawmakers had two months to debate hundreds of bills. In the end, the House and Senate worked a half-day of overtime to approve a $91-billion budget -- with record spending on the environment and even more planned for public schools.

But the session closed with hundreds of measures left undebated and a number of high-profile issues that didn’t pass.

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A bill requiring minors to receive parental consent before having an abortion cleared its first state Senate Committee Monday. 

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A measure (HB 1335) that would require minors to receive parental consent before getting an abortion cleared its second state House committee Wednesday. 

Barbara Devane addressing a Roe v. Wade rally on the Capitol steps.
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Longtime lobbyist and familiar face in the Florida Capitol Barbara DeVane has seemingly seen it all during the decades she’s spent in the Process. But until this week, DeVane says she had never been asked to leave a committee meeting.

Ryan Dailey recently spoke with DeVane about an exchange with a legislator that led to her being asked to leave.

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A bill (HB 1335) requiring minors to get a parent’s consent for abortions passed a House committee this week. The debate was mostly civil, but some audience members had to be escorted out.

Florida law says parents have to be notified when their daughters seek abortions. Under the proposal, parents would have to give their permission.

The House Health Quality Subcommittee heard from a string of women who’ve had abortions, but who have differing opinions about the bill.

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A petition signed by 5,500 Floridians has been delivered to Gov. Rick Scott’s office, asking for tight regulation of Legislature-funded crisis pregnancy centers. Nonprofit advocacy group Progress Florida is behind the effort, and says it has identified about 190 of what they call “fake clinics.” Progress Florida says the centers steer women away from birth control and abortion.

President Trump chose Judge Brett Kavanaugh (far left) as his U.S. Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. But, that decision is causing some mixed feelings.
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President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee is already causing partisan divides among Republicans and Democrats. That fight is also making its way to the Sunshine State.

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The Florida House has passed a bill banning a particular medical procedure. Affiliates of Planned Parenthood and some lawmakers believe the measure is another unnecessary attempt to discard safe and legal abortions. 

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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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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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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.

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Florida lawmakers appear to be fast tracking a controversial bill that seeks to regulate the state’s pregnancy crisis centers. The measure that wades into the abortion debate has already passed the Florida House and is now heading to the Senate floor.

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With only one committee hearing, a bill seeking to regulate Florida’s pregnancy crisis centers is now heading to the House floor. But, pro-choice advocates are not happy about a provision that directs the state to only contract with providers that “promote and support childbirth.”

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A revived bill that wades into the abortion debate has passed its first Florida Senate Committee, but not without opposition.

Julia Kaye speaking after the hearing.
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The Florida Legislature and the American Civil Liberties Union are again squaring off in a Tallahassee courtroom over a 2015 law requiring women wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.  With the measure already on hold, the judge granted the state’s request for two additional months to work on its case.

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Florida lawmakers want to issue special certificates to families who experience miscarriages. Supporters say the bill is meant to comfort grieving parents. But there are concerns the bill could affect access to abortions.

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The Constitutional Revision Committee is taking public comments as it prepares to pitch changes to Florida’s Constitution. Members are hearing a lot from Floridians about access to abortion services and restoring voting rights to felons who have served their time.

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The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  The move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

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If state lawmakers get their way, patients could soon be able to sue their abortion doctors over emotional distress. But physicians say the plan will worsen Florida’s doctor shortage. For many Florida doctors, medical malpractice complaints are part of the territory. After years of discouraging frivolous lawsuits, legislators are now trying to expose abortion doctors to more litigation.

Rep. Sullivan (R-Mount Dora) receiving a standing ovation from fellow Republicans after floor debate for the abortion waiting period law in 2015.
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The Florida Supreme Court is backing up a lower court’s decision to put Florida’s abortion waiting period law on hold.

Rep. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota).
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A Florida Republican has filed a measure prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.  The proposal is part of a larger trend of so-called fetal pain legislation.

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The Florida Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether to allow a new abortion restriction to take effect.  The measure requires women wait 24 hours after an initial consultation before receiving treatment.

ACLU Attorney Julia Kaye argues before the Florida Supreme Court that the 24-hour abortion waiting period should be put back hold.
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Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether to reinstate a hold on the state’s 24 hour abortion wait law.  The court heard arguments in the case Tuesday.

Lawyers for a Kissimmee Planned Parenthood facility generated sharp exchanges Wednesday as they tried to convince the Florida Supreme Court to lift a “temporary” injunction against abortions.

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Three provisions in a wide ranging abortion measure passed earlier this year are on hold after a federal judge intervened late Thursday evening.  The case comes on the heels of a major abortion ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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