2014 Legislative News

Republicans blast Obama's Cuba moves

President Barack Obama's decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba sparked a firestorm of protest among Florida Republicans and caution among Democrats, proving that the future of America's dealings with the island nation 90 miles away remains a sensitive issue in the state.


Fullwood wins special primary for Dist. 13

Former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood easily fended off a challenge from Jacksonville City Council member Johnny Gaffney in a special Democratic primary election in House District 13.

State bills would allow guns on campuses

If new legislation being proposed in Tallahassee succeeds, it could soon be legal to carry a gun onto a Florida college campus.

Bill filed to allow firearms on campuses

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

State gambling deal with tribe in limbo

Florida's deal with the Seminole Tribe to allow blackjack, poker and other card games runs out in July, and efforts to renew the deal may be stymied by new leaders in the state Legislature.

GOP consultant congratulated for 'guiding Senate redistricting'

One Republican consultant congratulated another "on guiding the Senate through the thicket" of redistricting after the Florida Supreme Court approved the second draft of a new Senate map, according to a two-year-old document released Monday.

Early voting begins in special election

Nine days of early voting in the House District 13 special Democratic primary election between Reggie Fullwood and Johnny Gaffney begins on Saturday.

14 qualify for 3 NE Fla. Senate, House races

More than a dozen candidates have qualified for three special elections next month for an Florida Senate and two state House seats that opened as a result of John Thrasher taking the job as president of Florida State University.

Legislators balk at Medicaid expansion

Around 1 million Floridians could benefit from Medicaid expansion, but Florida is one of 23 states that have refused federal money for that purpose. And it looks like that fight won't get far again in 2015.

Special elections to be held to fill seats

Florida lawmakers met Tuesday to organize and seat new members after the election, but the meeting was anything but usual.

Charlotte's Web law still tangled

Florida took a small step in utilizing medical marijuana during 2014’s legislative session, but the law that allows the use of marijuana extract “Charlotte’s Web” is still a tangled mess.

Gaffney blasts party leaders' support of Fullwood

A man challenging an incumbent state representative in a special election next month spoke out Wednesday against his party using campaign funds to help his opponent.