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  • Florida's new 24-hour abortion waiting period on hold again 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:00 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida judge once again blocked the state's new 24-hour waiting period for abortions on Thursday, ended two days of legal limbo.

  • Gov. Scott's wealth grew after spending millions on campaign 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:02 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a multi-millionaire former businessman who dipped into his own fortune last year to help his re-election campaign, continues to get wealthier.

  • Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 6:08 pm

    MIAMI - Thursday's Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies, but the reaction was markedly different from governors and lawmakers in states that have fought against the Affordable Care Act.

  • Scott says Connecticut officials help his recruitment effort 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 11:36 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Florida's governor says Connecticut officials are unintentionally helping his effort to recruit out-of-state businesses by offering up state budgets that increase taxes.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for June 25 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:31 pm

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

  • Florida governor signs budget, vetoes nearly $500 million 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 5:40 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday ended the state's biggest budget crisis in more than two decades by signing a more than $78 billion budget into law, but he may have created another divide with some of his fellow Republicans.

  • Governors' trade missions have uneven record of success story has photos
    Updated: Jun-22-15 5:08 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Governors across the country have been packing their bags for all-expenses-paid trade missions abroad, spending taxpayer dollars on costly trips that have an uneven track record of yielding any tangible benefits for their states.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Battle brewing over logging, grazing at state parks 
    Updated: Jun-14-15 12:28 am

    TAMPA, Florida - Conservationists are drawing a line in the scrubland, vowing to fight any attempt by the state to expand logging and cattle grazing throughout Florida's 171 state parks.

  • Florida governor heads to Paris despite special session 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 7:19 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott jetted off to Paris on Friday for a whirlwind visit ahead of an international air show where state officials hope to lure more business back to the Sunshine State.

  • 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.

  • Gay adoption ban stricken from Florida laws after 4 decades 
    Updated: Jun-11-15 8:29 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A nearly four-decade-old law banning gays from adopting children, which hasn't been enforced in five years, will come off Florida's books July 1, but Gov. Rick Scott still wants private, religious-based adoption agencies to be able to turn gay couples away.

  • Scott approves abortion 24-hour waiting period bill 
    Updated: Jun-10-15 8:08 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Women will have to wait 24 hours before having an abortion under a bill Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday, a reflective period supporters said they hoped would change some women's minds before ending their pregnancies.

  • Ethics panel: Ex-lieutenant governor broke state law 
    Updated: Jun-10-15 5:50 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida ethics panel concluded that former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll likely broke the state's ethics law after failing to disclose money paid to a company she controlled.

  • Florida and Georgia governors hold private meeting on water 
    Updated: Jun-09-15 6:56 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Amid an ongoing legal fight the governors of Florida and Georgia met behind closed doors on Tuesday to try to resolve a long-running water dispute.

  • State budget gaps force longer sessions in some legislatures 
    Updated: Jun-08-15 1:44 pm

    ATLANTA - With budget deadlines looming for nearly all states, disagreements over closing deficits or expanding Medicaid are forcing several legislatures to extend their sessions.

  • Florida abortions dip, but not as high as other states 
    Updated: Jun-07-15 12:38 pm

    MIAMI - The number of abortions performed in Florida dropped by 10 percent between 2010 and 2014, but the decrease is less than in other Republican-led states that have more aggressive restrictions on the procedure.

  • 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.