| Dec 22, 2014
| 3:11 PM
When 20-year old Florida State University student Ashley Cowie was accidentally shot and killed, dying in her twin sister's arms at a fraternity party in 2011, John Thrasher was the Florida Senate's powerful Rules Committee chairman.
At the time, a bill...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 3:11 PM
One month ago, a madman hellbent on destruction opened fire on students and staff at Florida State University's Strozier Library. In a scene that plays out all too often, we were reminded once again of a harsh reality: Campus gun bans only disarm the...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:51 AM
Mirroring a bill filed earlier in the week in the House, a Northwest Florida senator Thursday proposed a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities.
The proposal (SB 176), filed by Sen....
| Dec 9, 2014
| 2:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities.
The measure, to be considered in the spring, would apply only to people licensed to carry...
| 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-...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Last week: We’re outraged and we’re not going to take it. So said Sen. Eleanor Sobel, at her tri-county delegation town hall meeting commenting on the deaths of 20 children in four months under the un-watchful eye of the Department of...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Legislative efforts to halt Common Core in Florida seem to be going nowhere. And that's prompted Common Core foes to issue a "mayday" this week, seeking help from across the nation.
"Florida needs your help," read the email sent from Laura Zorc, co-...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 11:34 AM
A Florida House bill that would require the state to halt implementation of Common Core academic standards, at least temporarily, got more support this week, with a state senator filing an identical companion bill. Both demand Florida halt Common Core ...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:54 AM
A year after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, proposals to change the controversial Stand Your Ground law are dead in the state Legislature.
“Repeal of Stand Your Ground or major modifications of Stand Your Ground I don’t think get past...
| Jul 7, 2011
Now that Casey Anthony has been acquitted of killing her two-year-old daughter — but sent back to jail for lying to police about Caylee's whereabouts — Florida legislators are pushing and shoving to file bills that make it a felony to fail...
| Jul 26, 2011
TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Mike Haridopolos has hired House Majority Office press guru Lyndsey Cruley to be his new press secretary. Cruley has been handling media for the Legislature's redistricting hearings, and is a 2009 graduate of Florida...