Bovo to leave post as head of the legislature’s Hispanic caucus

State Rep. Esteban Bovo said today that he will wait for the Miami-Dade County Commission to decide when to hold a special election before making his mind up on resigning from the Florida legislature in order to run for that seat (see this report from The Miami Herald). In the meantime, Bovo, R-Hialeah, said he will be stepping down as head of the legislature's Hispanic caucus, which will meet later today to choose a new leader.

Feds release state health exchanges guidelines as Florida continues to stall implementation

Yesterday, the federal government released guidelines that would allow states the flexibility to create a blueprint for their mandated health insurance exchanges. Though the guidelines are a major step toward the implementation of one of the centerpieces of the health care reform law, the state of Florida remains one of the few states that has done nothing to set up an exchange.

Scott signs school prayer bill

Late last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure that allows all schools in Florida to adopt policies allowing students to give inspirational messages, which could include prayers or hate speech, during any school event. Critics of the law have warned that the law will land the state in yet another lawsuit.