| Apr 11, 2014
| 12:01 PM
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House passed a plan Friday to expand the state's school-voucher program, although it no longer raises the cap on how much tax money could be used to support low-income students in private schools.
Instead, the bill, HB...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 7:14 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The next Senate president said Wednesday his chamber had backed off a plan to devote at least $378 million a year to cleaning up pollution-choked springs because Florida voters this fall could make the decision for them.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:11 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is going on the offensive following a key Senate panel's decision Tuesday not to take up a tuition-reduction bill that would also grant discounted in-state college rates to undocumented immigrant students.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 1:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- With time running out on Florida's lawmaking session, another professional sports tax-break package is headed for a photo finish.
The Legislature is poised to pass a plan that could open the door for Orlando and Miami Major League...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 9:25 AM
Fred Phelps, a publicity-hungry Kansas pastor who picketed hundreds of military funerals because he believed America was too sympathetic to gays, died early Thursday in Topeka, Kan. He was 84.
His daughter, Margie Phelps, confirmed his death to the...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 7:23 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A year after passing sweeping reforms on political lobbying and conflicts-of-interests, proposals to impose even stronger ethical requirements on politicians are languishing in the Florida Legislature.
An eclectic group of organizations,...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 3:13 PM
A bill that would curb schools’ abilities to discipline, suspend and expel students for simulating guns or wearing clothing depicting firearms is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.
State senators gave final approval, 32-6, to the so-...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 9:21 PM
Robert L. Brosio, a retired federal prosecutor who supervised high-profile cases that included those against bank swindler Charles Keating Jr. and Los Angeles police officers who were involved in the beating of Rodney King, has died. He was 77.
| Apr 21, 2014
| 10:52 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- State lawmakers are backing off some controversial provisions of a beer bill likened to a mob-like shakedown of Florida's exploding craft brew industry.
The bill, SB 1714 sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, has been pushed by...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 5:51 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- With HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepping down, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is trying to measure her repalcement's interest in negotiating alternatives to the Medicaid-expansion component of the federal health-care law.
| Apr 23, 2014
| 12:52 PM
It would be a separate crime to kill or injure an unborn fetus when someone commits a crime against a pregnant woman under a measure sent Wednesday to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.
The bill expands current law that now allows murder or manslaughter...