- Feds offers Florida plan aimed at solving state budget mess Updated: May-21-15 1:34 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The Obama administration offered Thursday to extend Florida's hospital funds for another two years, but only at about half the amount the state received last year - a deal that might help fill a $1 billion state budget hole and resolve a legislative stalemate.
- Legislators agree to do budget, health care during session Updated: May-15-15 8:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's Republican-led Legislature will return to the state Capitol in June and try to do what they couldn't do during their 60-day session that crashed to a halt.
- Top Florida legislators work on budget deal Updated: May-13-15 8:11 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Two top Florida legislators on Wednesday spent hours meeting behind closed doors in a last-minute push to reach a deal on health care and a new state budget.
- Florida Senate could pay legal bills for 23 senators Updated: May-12-15 5:13 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is telling state senators that taxpayers will pay their legal bills as part of an ongoing lawsuit over state senate districts.
- Fla. governor reappoints top posts after abrupt session end Updated: May-04-15 4:41 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott was forced on Monday to reappoint more than a dozen top state officials to their jobs after they were passed over for confirmation by the Florida Senate.
- Florida legislators push bills tied to their private jobs Updated: May-03-15 12:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state's hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government.
- Court order brings acrimonious legislative session to close Updated: May-01-15 6:41 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A last-ditch effort to force the Florida Legislature back to work floundered on Friday after the state's highest court ruled that there would be no "beneficial result" to force the state House to reconvene.
- A look at what bills passed - and died - in Florida Updated: May-01-15 4:13 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Legislature passed 227 bills during the 2015 session that ended early after the House went home three days early. That means more than 1,500 bills died. Here's a look at some that succeeded and some that failed.
- Senate Democrats sue Florida House over abrupt session end Updated: Apr-30-15 8:47 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The fallout over the collapse of this year's session of the Florida Legislature continued Thursday as a group of Democrats went to court to try to force the House to return to the state Capitol.
- While lawmakers feud, Gov. Scott visits Ferris wheel, Wawa Updated: Apr-30-15 4:35 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - When it became clear that the House and Senate wouldn't agree on a budget, Republican Gov. Rick Scott was in California trying to get shipping companies to move to Florida.
- Senate passes 'weakened' electric utility regulation bill Updated: Apr-29-15 5:59 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Senate passed a bill revising rules for the panel that sets Florida electric rates Wednesday and sent it to Gov. Rick Scott, even though its sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala, said the bill was weakened by political influence from big utility companies.
- Obama administration hasn't changed course on LIP, Medicaid Updated: Apr-29-15 5:26 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The Obama administration said Wednesday it had not changed its position on Medicaid expansion and hospital funds, despite contrary interpretations from lawmakers.
- Florida Senate asks House to return, says shutdown illegal Updated: Apr-29-15 4:13 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida state senators are contending that the House decision to abruptly shut down their work this week violates the state's constitution.
- Florida agencies will have to buy flags made in USA Updated: Apr-29-15 12:29 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - All Florida city, county and state government agencies will have to buy state and American flags that are made in the United States under a bill going to Gov. Rick Scott.
- Florida House abruptly adjourns early over budget impasse Updated: Apr-28-15 7:01 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The annual session of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature crashed to a halt Tuesday as the House adjourned three days early because of a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion.
- Florida legislators vote to alter lobbyist gift ban Updated: Apr-28-15 6:32 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida legislators are backing a change to the state's nearly 10-year-old ban on gifts to lawmakers.
- Groups angered over Fla's proposed use of conservation money Updated: Apr-28-15 5:11 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Environmentalists unhappy with the Legislature's proposed use of conservation funding for things like agency salaries and operating budgets expressed anger outside the Capitol on Tuesday.
- Florida could soon place limits on drone use Updated: Apr-28-15 12:22 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Using drones to take photos of people on their own property could soon be illegal in Florida.
- Florida House passes fracking regulation bill Updated: Apr-27-15 4:50 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The House passed a bill Monday to study and regulate fracking, as well as prevent local governments from banning the oil and gas drilling practice.
- Budget impasse, other issues remain on lawmakers' plate Updated: Apr-26-15 11:16 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - With a week left in its planned 60-day session, a Republican civil war over health care has stalled the Florida Legislature on its single most important job, completing a balanced state budget.
- Internet piracy bill passes Legislature, goes to governor Updated: Apr-24-15 5:40 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A bill to combat Internet piracy of music and movies is heading to Gov. Rick Scott for consideration despite opposition from some of the nation's biggest Internet companies.
- Bill would make it illegal to impersonate firefighters Updated: Apr-24-15 4:19 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A bill that would make it illegal to impersonate firefighters is going to Gov. Rick Scott.
- Florida Legislature adds protections for pregnant women Updated: Apr-24-15 1:52 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida is making it clear that anti-discrimination laws extend to pregnant women.
- Clarification: Backyard Gun Ranges story Updated: Apr-24-15 1:16 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - In a story April 23 about lawmakers considering a ban on most backyard gun ranges, The Associated Press reported that such ranges would be banned in residential areas with a density of one home per acre or more. The ban would apply in residential areas with a density of one home or more per acre.
- Abortion waiting period bill goes to Florida governor Updated: Apr-24-15 12:31 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A bill that will require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is now going to Gov. Rick Scott.