Rep. Mike Hill

Rep. Mike Hill smiles during the 2016 legislative session
Steve Cannon / AP

The Florida Cabinet has joined a growing list of officials weighing in on a Florida lawmaker's controversial anti-gay exchange with a constituent. 

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Supporters and opponents of Republican Senator Dennis Baxley’s Fetal Heartbeat Bill had a showdown of sorts Thursday in the Capitol. Baxley, who held a press conference alongside members of an anti-abortion group, wants an opportunity for the bill to get a committee hearing — and its detractors hope the measure never gets there.

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:

FL House Finance & Tax Committee
Nick Evans

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is touring the state in support of his plan to cut cable and cellphone taxes.  He’s finding support in the statehouse but some lawmakers would prefer more targeted tax breaks.

The Governor is making noise about a proposal to lower Floridians’ taxes by more than $600 million.  The response from Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) chair of the House Finance and Tax committee is effusive.