Florida Legislature

Florida House members are taking a crash course on the chamber’s rules and procedures.

Committee meetings for the state legislature are right around the corner, and House leaders are hoping to make sure new and returning lawmakers are ready.  The House is holding a two day series of seminars it calls Legislator University.

Twenty-one-year-old Representative Amber Mariano is vowing to put the “fresh” in freshman as the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida House.

Florida’s first openly gay Hispanic legislator says he will push for state funding to help his Central Florida constituents recover from the nation’s worst mass slaying.

Like the newly elected President and the future Congress, Florida’s future leaders will look pretty much the same. Still, while the Republican-led state legislature still continues to hold a majority, there were some upsets.

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“Everything went well,” Jesse Scott said with relief as he walked out of his interview at CareerSource Capital Region, an employment and training center in Tallahassee.

“There's a lot of people that live on [the] edge. Many Floridians do base their livelihood on making a 40-hour work week each week,” Scott said. “If something interrupts that, you can fall between the cracks.”

A Florida congresswoman indicted on fraud charges is telling supporters she's being "persecuted" by federal authorities because she's black.

Longtime Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown is facing federal fraud and conspiracy charges related to her involvement with an educational charity. But Friday, supporters rallied to her defense outside the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, and some say the charges may not hurt her too much as she runs for re-election.

The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is calling for a special legislative session to implement new gun restrictions after this month’s mass shooting in Orlando.

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, people across the state and around the world are standing in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. But some activists want more than thoughts and prayers. They want policy change.

The Florida Elections Commission is once again calling foul on State Democratic Senator Dwight Bullard.

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Gov. Rick Scott signed 34 bills into law Thursday, including a slungshot bill and another requiring law enforcement agencies that use body cameras to follow specific guidelines, in relation to the shooting death of Corey Jones last October by a plainclothes police officer who was not wearing a body camera.

HB 4009 allows  individual sto carry  slungshots in their pockets without  concealed weapons permits.

Thousands of children of legal immigrants will be closer to obtaining subsidized health insurance this summer, after the Legislature passed a long-debated expansion of the state's KidCare program.

Until this year, children of legal immigrants were technically eligible for KidCare --- the low-cost federal-state health insurance program --- but had to wait five years to actually start receiving services.

That changed on Thursday, when Gov. Rick Scott signed the state budget into law. Contained in an accompanying bill (HB 5101) was language eliminating the five-year wait.

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House minority leader Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, is finishing up his last regular legislative session.

He's leaving because of term limits. "This process is better when you have new minds and fresh ideas," Pafford says. For the record, he doesn't like term limits and calls his departure an "involuntary constitutional resignation." 

The Florida House of Representatives last week wrestled with key education proposals. 

 

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