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The first reports of Sen. Jeff Clemens' extramarital affair with a lobbyist came four days before Halloween. The Lake Worth politician was the top Democrat in the state Senate and set to lead the minority party in 2019. He resigned that same day.

Nearly three years after same-sex marriages began in Florida, two Democratic lawmakers have filed proposals to repeal an outdated state law that banned gay marriage.

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In Florida, 16- and 17-year-olds can get married to someone of any age with the signature of a parent. If a girl is pregnant, she can get married at any age, even at 10 and 11- years old.

But, a bill trying to cut down on under-age marriages is moving its way through the Florida Legislature, with the hope that it will end that practice.

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Broward County and a dozen other school districts filed a much-anticipated lawsuit targeting House Bill 7069 on Monday.

Florida’s law enforcement, emergency and mental health workers are struggling to cope with a rising tide of opioid overdoses.  Lawmakers are looking for solutions ahead of the coming year’s legislative session.

A Senate panel has approved a plan to appropriate new dollars for the St. Johns River and Florida’s springs.  But the proposal could wind up vying for funding with a beach restoration measure.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would make it harder for state legislators to raise taxes or fees.

Court Fight Looms For Controversial Education Law

Jul 6, 2017

The Broward County School Board voted Wednesday to move ahead with legal action against a sweeping new education law, an initial step toward a court clash over one of the legislative session's most controversial bills.

Religious Expression Law Goes Into Effect July 1st

Jun 29, 2017

A multitude of bills goes into effect Saturday, including one that is protecting the religious expression of public school students. 

Attracting more than 120 million visitors before the end of the calendar year remains a goal of the state's tourism-marketing arm, now that Visit Florida's funding won't be slashed.

Governor Rick Scott signed a measure into law Tuesday, named for a Cape Coral teen who was killed when a driver did not yield to a stopped school bus. 

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The deadline is approaching for Florida’s governor to sign off on a bill aimed at tracking the use of addictive prescription drugs. Some medical professionals see the measure as key to fighting the opioid epidemic.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a day after insisting he still hadn't made up his mind, signed a sweeping education bill into law Thursday that steers more public money to privately run charter schools.

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Ahead of last week's three-day special session, the state's top legislative leaders -Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron- appeared to have reached an agreement about public spending in the new fiscal year. 

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