2015 Legislative News


Fla. Senate agrees to redraw district maps

.In what one critic of the Legislature called an "unprecedented admission," the Florida Senate conceded Tuesday that the chamber's districts are unconstitutional and should be redrawn in a special session beginning in October.

Legal maneuvers continue in redistricting cases

As a Leon County judge finalized the dates for a hearing on a third draft of Florida's congressional districts, a key lawmaker Monday refused to rule out the possibility of continuing the legal fight over the map, this time in federal court.

Redistricting special session to start Aug. 10

Florida House and Senate leaders on Monday called a special legislative session to starting Aug. 10 to redraw congressional districts, including District 5, currently held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

Redistricting hearings denied; deadline set

Facing political uncertainty after a Supreme Court ruling, 15 U.S. House members sent a letter this week to Florida legislative leaders calling for redistricting hearings across the state, but House speaker nixed the idea.

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New proposal heats up solar energy debate

A new "pro solar-energy" coalition will push for its own ballot initiative as a way to counter a separate group's proposed constitutional amendment to expand the use of solar energy in Florida.

Fla. congressional districts rejected

The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the state's congressional districts, saying the Republican-controlled Legislature violated a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2010.

Senate redistricting battle looms

As lawmakers and both political parties wait for a Florida Supreme Court decision on disputed congressional districts --- a ruling that could come as soon as Thursday -- the two sides of the long-running legal fight over Florida's political boundaries are girding for another battle in the Leon County Courthouse.

Former state GOP chair to run for House

Leslie Dougher, who was unseated in January as chairwoman of the Republican Party of Florida despite support from Gov. Rick Scott, is looking to join her replacement in the state House. 

Former Republican party chair announces state house run

Leslie Dougher, who was unseated in January as chairwoman of the Republican Party of Florida despite support from Gov. Rick Scott, is looking to join her replacement in the state House.

UF Health CEO says funding fight not over

The CEO of UF Health said his doomsday prediction of a hospital shutdown was stayed by the approval of $94.8 million in Low Income Pool funding from the state Legislature.

Abortion wait, ticket quotas among laws

Florida's record-setting budget goes into effect Wednesday, along with 130 other new laws that were produced by the Legislature this year in the regular and special sessions and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Judge blocks new Fla. law on abortions

A Florida judge blocks a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

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