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  • School Uniforms, Class Size Bills Pass

    Florida legislators on Friday endorsed a line of changes for the state's public schools, including easing class-size penalties for school districts and encouraging students to start wearing uniforms.

  • Florida House Passes Bill to Have U.S. Flags Made in America

    Florida marched one step closer Friday to requiring American and state flags flying at government buildings to be sewn in the United States with home-grown materials.

  • Officials Seek Tax, Fee Cuts For Gun Buyers and Owners

    It could be a good year for gun rights and gun owners. The state Legislature is proposing to make Florida one of the few states offering tax breaks for purchasers of guns, ammunition and gun club memberships.

  • Senators Move to Expand Juvenile Diversion Programs

    A bill that could lead to more juveniles receiving civil citations for misdemeanor crimes, rather than getting arrested, is moving ahead in the Florida Senate.

  • Gardiner ‘Not Sure' Officials Ready to Regulate Uber

    Senate leaders might not be ready to enter the regulatory fight between technology-based ride-share programs and traditional cab companies.

  • Toilets, Lingerie Among Legislation Subjects

    Florida legislators filed more than 1,700 bills for consideration during their two-month session that ends in May. Some are routine, some deal with high-profile issues such as abortion and guns, and some are just odd.

  • Fight Over Contact Lens Costs Heats Up

    Some of the nation's largest contact lens retailers would like to lower their prices. But they can't.

  • Florida House, Senate Differ on Gambling

    House and Senate leaders are taking divergent approaches to the perennially thorny issue of gambling, with the House vetting a soup-to-nuts gaming measure Thursday even as the Senate pursues negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

  • Florida Lawmakers Back New Specialty Tags

    Lawmakers took steps Thursday that could cancel a fifth of the specialty license plates available in Florida but also advanced 26 more designs for motorists to pre-order.

  • Bill Takes Aim at Test Requirement

    Florida third-graders would not have to pass a key standardized test to be promoted to fourth grade this year under a measure that would temporarily roll back one of the cornerstones of the state’s fight against "social promotion."

  • Florida House Rolls Out Hefty Package of Tax Cuts

    Florida House Rolls Out Hefty Package of Tax Cuts

    With a budget stalemate still possible, the Republican-controlled Florida House on Tuesday rolled out a hefty package of tax cuts and tax breaks that it wants to push through during this year's session.

  • Senate Votes to Allow Guns in Evacuation

    After a debate that conjured memories of Hurricane Katrina, the Florida Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that could lead to more people carrying concealed weapons when fleeing natural disasters.

  • Bill Against Backyard Ranges Rejected

    A bill prohibiting backyard shooting ranges was rejected at its first committee stop in the Florida House on Tuesday.

  • Senate Takes Medicinal Pot Matter Into Own Hands

    Facing another legal challenge to the state's attempt to craft a framework for a medical-marijuana industry, a Senate committee moved forward Tuesday with a measure that would jump-start the process after hearing from dozens of speakers who objected...

  • Senate Panel OKs Water Policy Change

    The House's business-friendly approach to protecting Lake Okeechobee has been added to the Senate's plan for new water policies for the state.

  • Florida Senate Opposes Cuban Relations

    The Florida Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to send President Barack Obama a message that it opposes his decision to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba.

  • Murphy Announces He Will Run for U.S. Senate

    Murphy Announces He Will Run for U S  Senate

    Saying he is not a "career politician,'' two-term Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy announced Monday he will run in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Marco Rubio.

  • Local Projects Stuff Legislative Budget Plans

    As the House and Senate prepare to hammer out a $4.2 billion divide in budget proposals released last week, they have plenty of hometown pork to barter.

  • Non-Euphoric Pot Bill On Fast Track in Senate

    A bill to expand the use of non-euphoric marijuana extracts and speed up its implementation is on the fast track in the Florida Senate.

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