Ten Dead Issues from 2019 Session

Ten Dead Issues from 2019 Session

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Maybe next year. When lawmakers hit the road Saturday after ending the 2019 legislative session, they left behind hundreds of bills and issues that did not pass. But there’s always the 2020 session, which will start in eight short months. Here are 10 high-profile issues […]

Andrew Gillum Continues “Poll Tax” Narrative Despite Facts

Andrew Gillum Continues “Poll Tax” Narrative Despite Facts

Florida Phoenix, a non-profit statewide media blog, reported on Monday that Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum called the efforts of the Florida Legislature to implement Amendment 4 a “poll tax.” Amendment 4 was a ballot initiative which passed with 64% of the vote in 2018 and restored the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions […]

Ten Big Issues from the 2019 Session

Ten Big Issues from the 2019 Session

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers finished the 2019 legislative session Saturday by passing a budget for the upcoming year. During the two-month session, lawmakers considered hundreds of bills and made more than $90 billion in spending decisions. It also was the first session for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis […]

School ‘Guardian’ Expansion Goes To DeSantis

School ‘Guardian’ Expansion Goes To DeSantis

By Ana Ceballos, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday gave final passage to a wide-ranging school safety bill that would allow classroom teachers to be armed, reversing a decision made last year after the mass school shooting in Parkland. Despite backlash from Democrats, the Republican-dominated House passed legislation (SB 7030) […]

Major School Voucher Program Passes

Major School Voucher Program Passes

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Two decades after then-Gov. Jeb Bush started a broad push for school choice, the Florida House on Tuesday approved a closely watched expansion that will provide vouchers to thousands of children to attend private schools. As a sign of the significance of the bill (SB […]

Texting and Driving Bans Head to Governor

Texting and Driving Bans Head to Governor

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Law enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving on Florida roads, under a bill now headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis. With a vote of 108-7, the House on Monday passed a compromise measure (HB 107) that blends a ban on texting […]

Poll: Floridians Support Proposed Sanctuary City Ban

Poll: Floridians Support Proposed Sanctuary City Ban

As first reported by FloridaPolitics.com, a new survey from St. Pete Polls finds Floridians support the Legislature’s proposals to ban sanctuary cities and wants the body to keep the current 60 percent threshold for amendments to the Florida Constitution. The poll of 2,227 registered voters found that 31 percent said they thought the Legislature was […]

Senate Signs Off On Sanctuary City Ban

Senate Signs Off On Sanctuary City Ban

By Ana Ceballos, The News Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE — The Senate on Friday passed legislation outlawing so-called sanctuary city policies in Florida, reversing course on a politically charged issue that it has blocked for the past three years. In a nod to one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ top legislative priorities, a sharply divided Senate voted […]

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill Clear House

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill Clear House

By Ana Ceballos, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After a long and fiery debate about how the state should deal with illegal immigration, the Florida House on Wednesday passed legislation that seeks to crack down on local governments that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The measure, if passed by the […]

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