News Service of Florida

Negotiators Agree On School Funding Amount

Negotiators Agree On School Funding Amount

By on April 25, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – House and Senate budget writers agreed Wednesday to set aside $12.4 billion for the Florida Education Finance Program, the primary mechanism for funding the operations of school districts. The Senate’s initial budget plan allotted $12.7 billion for the closely watched pot of money, commonly known as the FEFP. But the Senate agreed […]

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House Passes Controversial Felons’ Rights Bill

House Passes Controversial Felons’ Rights Bill

Tallahassee, FL – In one of the most-divisive issues of the 2019 legislative session, the House on Wednesday approved a plan for carrying out a constitutional amendment designed to restore the voting rights of felons who have fulfilled the terms of their sentences. Democrats spent hours Tuesday and Wednesday criticizing the bill, contending that it would place too […]

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Major Insurance Bill Headed To DeSantis

Major Insurance Bill Headed To DeSantis

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After a fierce lobbying battle that included arguments about insurance rates and “bad actors,” the Florida Senate on Wednesday approved an overhaul of the insurance practice known as assignment of benefits. The 25-14 vote sends the measure (HB 7065) to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who quickly issued a statement saying he will sign it. Passage […]

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“Sanctuary Cities” Bill Clears House

“Sanctuary Cities” Bill Clears House

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – 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 Senate and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, […]

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Lawmakers Try To Bridge Health Budget Differences

Lawmakers Try To Bridge Health Budget Differences

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In a first round of health-care budget negotiations, the Senate on Wednesday agreed to pare funding for local projects in an attempt to bridge spending differences with the House. Among other things, the Senate offered to eliminate from its budget $3.5 million to replace Calhoun Liberty Hospital in Northwest Florida and $100,000 for a […]

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House Backs Tougher Texting, Driving Ban

House Backs Tougher Texting, Driving Ban

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Law-enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving, under a measure approved Tuesday by the House despite concerns the change could increase racial profiling. However, the Senate is set to vote Wednesday on a different proposal that would only allow motorists to use hands-free wireless devices when they are traveling on […]

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Firefighter Cancer Benefits Ready For Passage

Firefighter Cancer Benefits Ready For Passage

By on April 24, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After getting unanimous approval Tuesday in the Senate, a proposal that would provide increased benefits to firefighters diagnosed with cancer is ready for final approval in the House. The bill (SB 426), sponsored by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, requires providing a series of benefits to firefighters diagnosed with 21 types of cancer. […]

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Major Insurance Bill Poised For Approval

Major Insurance Bill Poised For Approval

By on April 23, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate as early as Wednesday could give final approval to a plan that would overhaul the controversial insurance practice known as assignment of benefits. Senators on Tuesday took up the House version of the bill (HB 7065), setting the stage for a final vote on the highest-profile insurance issue of the […]

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Senate Passes Controversial School Safety Bill

Senate Passes Controversial School Safety Bill

By on April 23, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In search of a solution that will prevent another school massacre, a sharply divided Florida Senate on Tuesday passed a wide-ranging school safety bill that includes a controversial provision aimed at adding armed teachers to the line of defense. The Senate passed the bill on a 22-17 vote, with Democrats and Sen. Anitere […]

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“Marsy’s Law” Requests Records From Prosecutors

“Marsy’s Law” Requests Records From Prosecutors

By on April 23, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Backers of a November constitutional amendment designed to expand crime-victims’ rights said Monday they have requested records from prosecutors across the state about how the amendment is being carried out. The group Marsy’s Law for Florida, which led efforts to pass the amendment, said it has requested records from state attorneys in […]

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