2014 Legislative News


Judge overturns write-in candidate law

A Broward County judge is overturning a law that requires write-in candidates running for the Legislature to live in their districts at the time of qualifying.

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Politicos ponder redistricting ruling fallout

Members of Congress, candidates and political observers are grappling with the fallout of a judge's Thursday ruling that two of the state's congressional districts were illegally drawn for partisan reasons.

Reggie Fullwood

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Paperwork error to force special election

No one qualified to run against incumbent state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, but after problems were found in his qualifying papers, the state must hold a special election to fill House District 13, and Fullwood may find himself with a formidable opponent.

New Florida bills in effect today

The state's record-setting, $77 billion election-year budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Legislative session

More than 150 laws go into effect July 1

On Tuesday, the state's record-setting, $77 billion election-year budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Unexpected turn for Marissa Alexander

'Warning shot' bill inspired by Jax case

The so-called “warning shot” legislation signed by Gov. Rick Scott last week was inspired by a Jacksonville mother who was sent to jail for shooting at her estranged husband.

Gun

Scott signs warning shot, voucher bills

Floridians who threaten to use a gun, or even fire a warning shot, could avoid criminal prosecution under a law signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. He also signed a controversial expansion of the state's school-voucher system.

Abortion, pregnancy, ultrasound

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Gov. Scott signs late term abortion bill

Abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy will be illegal in Florida if a doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb.

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Public schools to get maintenance money

For the first time in four years, public schools in Florida are receiving maintenance money from the state.

Florida Legislature

Scott vetoes millions before signing budget

After using his line-item veto to cut $68 million in spending projects, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a new $77 billion budget.

John Thrasher

Is Sen. Trasher's district already in play?

In Tallahassee circles, it's so widely assumed Sen. John Thrasher will be named president of FSU that there already discussion about who might run for Thrasher's solidly Republican Northeast Florida Senate seat.

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State could force cities to share parking revenue

Legislation awaiting the Governor's signature could be the first step toward cities being forced to share parking meter revenue with the state.

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