Florida legislature

David Hart, Executive Vice President of Government & Political Relations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
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The Florida Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Legislative Report Card. The chamber says the report card helps hold state leaders accountable for how they vote on issues relating to Florida’s business climate.

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Partners across the state are recognizing May as National Foster Care Month in Florida. The state has about 5,400 licensed foster homes, and there’s a need for more. Now, two bills relating to child welfare have passed the Florida Legislature and are headed to the governor’s desk.

"Many of you know that I served for 20 years in the United States military, and I’ve learned a thing or two about moving,” said Rep. Spencer Roach (R-North Fort Myers), telling House members about moving 13 times and being deployed to various countries.

“That was my choice, and I at least had a chance to voice my preference during the assignment process," Roach said. "That is not the case in Florida for our 24-thousand children who are languishing in Florida’s foster care system. 60 percent of those children have been in the process for 12 months or longer.”

State Leaders Study Late Proposal For A Gambling Compact

Apr 25, 2019
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Gov. Ron DeSantis and his staff continued Wednesday to scrutinize a proposed gambling agreement, but the odds of closing out what some lawmakers have called a “three-dimensional game of chess” grow dimmer as the clock winds down on the legislative session.

After weeks of negotiations, Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and representatives of the Seminole Tribe reached a tentative deal on Tuesday. DeSantis and House Speaker José Oliva received an outline of the agreement, known as a “compact,” on Tuesday.

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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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Florida’s share of film and television productions is waning as the state no longer offers tax credits for the industry. A new analysis finds Florida lawmakers may have good reason to reconsider those incentives.

The HBO series “Ballers” starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was filmed in South Florida for its first two seasons. Then it moved to California – after Florida’s film tax credit program ended in 2016. The show is still going strong, now working on its fifth season.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is calling out the Florida Legislature for passing a 2017 bill he says allows builders to strip international building standards from Florida codes.

Florida Capitol with dolphin statues jumping in front of tall new capitol tower.
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Tallahassee is not the only state capitol reeling from sexual harassment claims. Legislatures in California, Indiana, Missouri, Washington and at least seven others are also dealing with the issue.

Local Lawmaker Prepares For Final Session

Sep 21, 2015
Florida House of Representatives

Tallahassee Lawmaker Alan Williams is preparing for his final session in the Florida Legislature. In anticipation of his final term, the District 8 Representative is taking the time to thank his constituents.

Leon County Lawmakers To Meet With Constituents

Sep 21, 2015

The Leon County Legislative Delegation is meeting Monday evening to discuss the upcoming 2016 session. The meeting serves as an opportunity for constituents to voice their concerns and shape lawmakers’ priorities. Democratic Representative Alan Williams said he’s looking forward to hearing from the community.

New Florida Legislative Leaders Sworn In

Nov 21, 2014
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The Florida Channel

The Florida House Speaker and Senate President set the tone and choose priorities for each lawmaking session. As new legislative leaders took their oaths of office this week, they talked about what Floridians can expect during their terms.

Florida’s new House Speaker is Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). When he took to the chamber lectern for the first time, he made it clear he’s a small-government kind of guy.

It’s no secret a successful major college sports team means big business for its university. But when a Florida State University lobbyist earlier this fall suggested to the school’s trustees that a successful football team could mean more money from state lawmakers, eyebrows were raised. But, even those pushing for FSU to get every dollar it can say there’s little chance football – either its scores or its scandals -- will change the school’s appropriation.

Capital Report

Feb 20, 2013

Capital Report is the longest-lived, most comprehensive radio coverage of the Florida Legislature in existence.

After months of back-and-forth talks between the Florida Attorney General’s office and state legislative leaders, the two sides have come to an agreement on how to spend $300 million dollars.The money is Florida’s share of a $25 billion dollar settlement agreement with five of the nation’s largest banks over sketchy foreclosure practices.