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Stories with organization: Florida State Legislature
  • Growlers, new budget, tax cuts part of new Florida laws 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 5:58 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida legislators passed more than 200 bills this year during their regular 60-day session and 19-day special session. Most of those bills take effect on Wednesday, the start of the state's fiscal year. One of the new laws, a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, is being blocked by a state judge.

  • Gov. Scott drops Medicaid expansion, hospital funds lawsuit 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 5:16 pm

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he's dropping a lawsuit against the Obama administration after federal officials agreed in principle to extend federal hospital funds for two more years.

  • Environmental groups sue, say legislators ignored voters 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 7:26 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Calling it a "slap in the face to Florida voters," environmental groups filed a lawsuit Monday that contends state legislators "defied" a constitutional amendment approved last fall.

  • Florida's battle over health care likely to return in 2016 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 12:58 pm

    A bruising budget battle that divided Republicans in the Florida Legislature is over for now, but the truce is likely only to last a few months.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for June 20 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 8:25 am

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

  • Florida Legislature passes $78.7 billion budget in overtime 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 8:53 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - After a sprawling and messy budget fight that spawned lawsuits and finger-pointing, the fractured Republican-controlled Florida Legislature approved a nearly $79 billion budget and ended its special session Friday.

  • Highlights from Florida's nearly $78.7 billion budget 
    Updated: Jun-18-15 7:10 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Legislature is expected to pass a nearly $78.8 billion budget on Friday before ending its special session. Lawmakers were forced to hold a special session to pass a budget after failing to reach an agreement during their regular 60-day session.

  • Florida legislators reach deal on conservation money 
    Updated: Jun-14-15 10:38 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida legislators finally reached a deal late Sunday on how much money should be spent conserving land, but the final amount drew protests from conservation groups who argued lawmakers were ignoring the will of voters.

  • Florida House votes to keep low health insurance premiums 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 6:24 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Republican-controlled Florida House voted along party lines on Friday to retain - for now - the rates that Gov. Rick Scott and thousands of state workers are currently paying for health insurance.

  • Florida House votes to end limits on new hospitals 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 11:38 am

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - State regulations that limit the construction of new hospitals would be eliminated under a bill passed by the Florida House.

  • Back-to-school sales tax holiday may be longer this year 
    Updated: Jun-11-15 7:24 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida lawmakers, rushing to reach a final deal on a new budget over the next few days, may wind up passing roughly $400 million of tax cuts that include a 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday.

  • House committee passes bill deregulating new hospitals 
    Updated: Jun-10-15 6:17 pm

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - A Florida House committee on Wednesday passed a bill strongly supported by Gov. Rick Scott that would do away with what he calls the unnecessary red tape before new hospitals can be built. But the measure is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

  • Florida budget woes leave Scott's agenda in tatters 
    Updated: Jun-08-15 6:54 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, narrowly re-elected just seven months ago, is discovering that the ongoing budget fight among members of his own party is leaving his own agenda in tatters.

  • House votes down Medicaid expansion compromise 72-41 
    Updated: Jun-05-15 8:07 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida House has soundly rejected a Medicaid expansion compromise that even supporters admitted had its flaws and was seemingly doomed to fail almost from the start.