The Florida Senate is working to shorten early voting periods, but lawmakers are working on a compromise. Supervisors of elections have said that early voting has allowed them to accommodate higher turnout numbers, and that the proposed changes might wind up costing taxpayers more.
Life Always, the anti-abortion group responsible for erecting billboards all over the country accusing Planned Parenthood of having racially motivated aims, is being sued by the mother of the young girl featured on the controversial billboards.
A controversial elections bill passed the Senate budget panel with almost no debate today, its last stop before it goes to the floor for final approval.
A renewable energy bill backed by Florida Power & Light has stalled in both houses of the Florida legislature, and is likely to see some changes before it moves ahead.
A Senate committee cleared a plan this morning that would require people seeking temporary cash assistance to pay for drug tests.
State Sen. Mike Fasano's so-called pill mill bill, which would create harsher punishments for pill mill operators and require that all doctors be trained in how to use the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, has undergone several changes in the past week.
A six-month spending bill unveiled by House Republicans Monday night would see large cuts in environmental spending in the U.S. According to Politico, the Environmental Protection Agency's budget would be come in about $1.6 billion below 2010’s funding. That adds up to a 16 percent cut to the EPA, and could lead to drastic reductions in funding for some of the agency's key projects.
Add one more item to the already long list of alleged reasons for abortions: socialism.
Greg Giordano, a legislative aide to state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, had this to say about an article posted on the Florida House website that misleadingly quotes studies on the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs: By selectively quoting from the study the House reveals its unwillingness to acknowledge the potential value of the PDMP here in Florida.
A blind woman seeking food stamps has filed a petition with the Supreme Court contending that Gov. Rick Scott's executive order freezing new regulations and ordering a review of all existing regulations is unconstitutional.
Florida legislators last Monday sent Gov. Charlie Crist a package of 45 bills, among them House Bill 551, which seeks to amend exemptions to Florida's public
Project SOS — the Jacksonville abstinence education program whose founder has endorsed the work of Ugandan Pastor Martin Ssempa, a vocal proponent of legislation (.pdf) in that country that prescribes the death penalty for homosexuality — has received $1.5 million in funding through the Florida Department of Health since 2001, according to a department representative. That money is in addition to the $6.5 million awarded Project SOS from the federal government since 2002.
Don Quincey, president-elect of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, told the Florida House Select Committee on Water Policy on March 17 that the EPA's proposed numeric nutrient criteria are based on bogus science and pie in the sky.
The recall of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas has already stirred the pool of candidates seeking to replace the ousted officials.
In a preview of the legal battles to come if a similar law is passed in Florida, Lynwood Smith, a federal judge in Alabama, has suspended a law banning automatic payroll deductions for members state employee unions, according to the Huntsville Times.
An administrative law judge yesterday issued a proposed recommended order (.pdf) giving the Department of Health permission to dismiss Optimum’s Technology Inc.'s protest of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Database contract.
Gov. Rick Scott's response to a legal challenge to his rejection of federal funds for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando is due today. When he
Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to repeal a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program has drawn criticism from those who see the program as a step toward ridding Florida of its so-called pill mills. Now the issue is receiving attention from outside of the state: U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., last week penned a letter to Scott, calling on him to stop the repeal of the Drug Monitoring Program.
The night before his slated speaking engagement in Orlando for Heroic Media, a controversial Texas-based anti-abortion marketing group, likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke in Knoxville, saying he is seriously looking at running for president to elevate the issue of life.”
Georgia-Pacific says it disagrees with the basis by a new study by St. Johns Riverkeeper that examines the implications behind the construction and use of a pipeline to re-route the effluent from Georgia-Pacific's Palatka paper mill into the larger St. Johns River.
By withdrawing the two popular Fair Districts amendments from a Department of Justice review, Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Kurt Browning are causing uncertainty, delay and confusion for all those involved in the redistricting process — that's the allegation leveled in a lawsuit filed yesterday against the two by the League of Women Voters, the state NAACP, Democracia Ahora and others.
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Kendrick Meek is calling on the star power of former President Bill Clinton this week to help boost his