2015 Legislative News

Legislators push bills tied to private jobs

The professional and political lives of Florida legislators collide at the halls of the state Capitol. And there's nothing illegal about it.

Revenge porn bill may become law

A bill that would make "revenge porn" illegal in Florida is one step away from becoming a law.

Justices: Early adjournment unconstitutional

The decision by House leaders to end their legislative session more than three days early violated the state Constitution, a majority of the Florida Supreme Court said Friday, while ruling that it was too late to order lawmakers to return to Tallahassee.

10 big inssues remain as session ends

Ordinarily, the last week of the annual legislative session is a blur of deal-making, with bills bouncing back and forth across the Capitol's fourth floor. But with the House adjourning Tuesday amid a battle with the Senate about budget and health-care issues, the 2015 session will be remembered for its messy end -- and the piles of bills that died in the crossfire. 

Scott, Gardiner jostle over special session

The battle over the messy end to the legislative session raged on Thursday, as Gov. Rick Scott and Senate President Andy Gardiner released competing visions for a special session on the state budget and as Senate Democrats asked the Florida Supreme Court to force the House to return to the Capitol on Friday.

What bills passed in legislative session?

The last two days of the legislative session are usually filled with a flurry of last-minute lawmaking. But the House quit Tuesday and the Senate says it doesn’t plan on meeting again.

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Powdered alcohol gets reprieve

The state House adjourned Tuesday without taking action on a Senate bill (SB 998) that would have banned the sale and use of powdered alcohol. 

No budget deal could close hospital

As the 2015 legislative session in Florida comes to an early end, a budget has not been finalized and it could have a huge impact on a hospital that cares for poor and low income individuals and families. 

Fla. agencies must buy flags made in USA

All Florida city, county and state government agencies will have to buy state and American flags that are made in the United States under a bill going to Gov. Rick Scott.

Stagnant water policy bill gets Senate OK

The Florida Senate approved its version of a water-policy bill Wednesday with the hope some of the issues will be considered when lawmakers get back together for a special session.

House adjourns 3 days early over budget impasse

In a surprising twist in the Legislature's budget impasse, the House abruptly adjourned and went home Tuesday, killing scores of bills and deepening a crisis surrounding the spending plan for the year that begins July 1.

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Uber bill parked in Florida House

Proposals to create new insurance requirements for app-based transportation services like Uber and Lyft appear to be idling as the legislative session nears the end.