Debate continues as no-fault insurance repeal awaits governor’s signature
Florida’s no-fault auto insurance law is on the chopping block as legislation that would repeal the decades-old law awaits Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature.
2nd candidate emerges for Jason Fischer’s House seat
With Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, running for the Florida Senate next year, a second candidate has emerged to try to replace him in the Florida House.
Gov. DeSantis signs record $101.5 billion budget, vetoes $1.5 billion
While pointing to an economic resurgence amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday used his line-item veto power to slash $1.5 billion as he signed a record $100 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
DeSantis signs controversial transgender athlete ban during visit to Jacksonville
As he inked his name to a controversial bill banning transgender female athletes from competing on high-school girls’ and college women’s sports teams, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would stand up to corporations and athletic organizations, like the NCAA, that have threatened backlash over the ban.
New Florida veterans’ memorial awaits DeSantis’s signature
Between World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and more recent conflicts, the fate of more than 81,700 American service members remains unknown.
Transgender athlete ban slipped into education bill awaits DeSantis’ action
A wide-ranging education bill that includes a controversial provision to ban transgender female athletes from competing on high-school girls’ and college women’s sports teams was formally sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday.
Florida Supreme Court rejects challenge to medical marijuana law
Siding with the state in a closely watched case that has kept the cannabis industry in limbo, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2017 law designed to carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.
Florida to send books to students who struggle with reading
More than 500,000 Florida students in grades K-5 are eligible to receive a new book in the mail once a month under legislation currently awaiting the governor’s signature.
New Florida law protects against pandemic-related fraud
Florida residents and visitors are expected to have increased protections against fraud and scams during the coronavirus pandemic under a new law.
Lawsuits against 5 bills signed by DeSantis defended at taxpayers’ expense
At least five lawsuits have already been filed against bills passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Local lawmaker worries new gaming commission could target fantasy sports
Gov. Ron DeSantis has received the implementing legislation for the new 30-year Seminole Compact and is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.
DeSantis touts ‘Freedom Week’ as he signs bill to OK 3 sales tax holidays for 2021
Florida will have weeks to buy hurricane and back-to-school supplies without sales tax this year, plus another tax-free week on recreational supplies and entertainment tickets.
Report points to more jobs, other benefits from Medicaid expansion
Florida could add 134,700 jobs, lower the number of uninsured residents by 852,000 and pump billions of additional federal dollars into the economy if it would expand Medicaid to low-income adults without children, according to a report released Thursday.
Push to recognize end of slavery as Florida state holiday continues
On this day 156 years ago, the Emancipation Proclamation was read aloud in Florida’s capital city, officially ending slavery in the state.
Florida OKs sports betting operated by Seminole Tribe
The Seminole Tribe would be able to operate sports betting and add roulette and craps to its casinos and Florida would potentially receive $20 billion over the next 30 years, under an agreement the Legislature approved Wednesday.
Gambling opponents rally as lawmakers vote on deal with Seminole Tribe
Gambling opponents from across the state rallied Tuesday at the Florida Capitol, speaking out against the new Seminole Compact awaiting approval from the Legislature.
Florida Senate passes gambling agreement with Seminole Tribe
In a nearly unanimous vote, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would include allowing sports betting in the state. Senators voted 38-1 to pass the proposal (SB 2A) on the second day of a special legislative session.
Seminole Tribe remains unconquered when it comes to battling state on moneymaking deals
The “Unconquered” statue at Florida State University speaks loudly. The Seminoles are the only tribe to be unconquered by the U.S. Army, and the tribe remains unconquered when it comes to battling the state on a host of money-making deals that have preceded the gambling deal being considered by lawmakers this week.
Seminole gambling compact facing pushback from some Florida lawmakers
The Florida Legislature gaveled in Monday for what is expected to be a quick special session to ratify Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 30-year compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Gambling measures emerge for special session
With lawmakers preparing to gather Monday to start a special session, the Senate and House on Friday released bills that would overhaul Florida’s gambling industry, including joining other states in allowing sports betting.
Theme park loophole creates way to skirt social media censorship bill
Disney World could face new competition if social media companies take advantage of a loophole included in legislation aimed at cracking down on social media censorship, which awaits the governor’s signature.
Fried, Jacksonville Democrats fire back at controversial DeSantis, GOP voting bill
After Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that he and other Republicans say will lead to more secure elections, Jacksonville Democrats and a potential opponent in the upcoming governor’s race blasted the new laws, saying they amount to voter suppression.
Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining local COVID-19 orders
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that he is signing an executive order to suspend all COVID-19 emergency orders issued by local governments in Florida.
Budget, bass, bicycle seats: Florida passes big mix of bills
The Florida Legislature approved bills that will make it more difficult to vote, create tough penalties for violent protests, shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, ban transgenders from girls’ sports and make it more difficult for citizens to change the constitution.
Local lawmakers react to Florida election law changes
A controversial bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis soon that increases security in Florida's elections. But the GOP-led bill is being criticized by Democrats as a partisan move to suppress the vote.