During this morning's inaugural meeting of the Everglades Legislative Caucus, former Sen. Bob Graham spoke out against a bill that would privatize the reclaimed water used by utilities.
Five counties in Florida have already begun in-person early voting for the GOP presidential primary.
A bill that would provide a way for Floridians to donate money to the homeless when registering vehicles and renewing their driver’s licenses moved forward in the Florida Senate today.
Dissatisfaction with immigration levels is an issue that Americans are paying attention to in this presidential election year, according to a Gallup poll released this week.
A controversial bill that would outlaw sex- or race-based abortions in Florida passed a state House health committee today.
How two South Florida doctors — one with ties to the Mitt Romney campaign — have given millions through a web of companies.
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Former U.S Senate candidate Adam Hasner announced Wednesday he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the district currently represented by Rep. Allen West, who earlier announced that he will run for Rep. Tom Rooney's seat, who in turn will run for reelection in another district.
The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times is reporting that a judge has ruled that four legislators who have been fighting against testifying in a legal challenge to the state’s controversial elections law no longer have to.
Last week, the Florida House passed an appropriations bill that removes state grants for local homeless coalitions.
The details of an ethics investigation into discrepancies on the 2008-2011 financial disclosures of Sarasota Republican Vern Buchanan were made public today. According to its report, the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations after finding substantial reason to believe that Representative Buchanan violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law during the course of its investigation.
Even though the Florida House just eliminated some state funds for homeless coalitions in its budget proposal, lawmakers in the state House and Senate passed bills in committee today that would help the growing number of Floridians that are homeless.
An official at the Florida Department of Children and Families is warning that the elimination of challenge grants for local homeless coalitions could be a critical blow to the organizations.
In an op-ed published today, state Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, writes that she is willing to testify on last year's controversial elections law. Dockery was the only lawmaker subpoenaed in a legal challenge to the elections measure who voted no on the law.
In a 79-38 vote, the Florida House passed its general appropriations bill today
The Florida Senate passed redrawn congressional, state House and state Senate district maps Thursday. The congressional map will now head to Gov. Rick Scott's desk, while the legislative maps will be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.
The legal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, over allegations contained in a new Office of Congressional Ethics report.
A bill that overhauled how funds made off of Florida's Choose Life license plates was officially signed into law in August 2011, but exactly where the funds go now and how the measure has improved the Choose Life mission remains unclear.
Publix Supermarkets has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 16 safety and health violations that occurred at its Jacksonville distribution facility. OSHA looked into the facility after receiving a complaint in September that a worker’s hand had been amputated while cleaning conveyor equipment. Proposed penalties for the violations total $182,000.
Gov. Rick Scott yesterday signed legislation supporting Florida's effort to create its own set of water pollution rules, also known as numeric nutrient criteria. The move is likely to add fuel to the fire of environmentalists, who argue that the state-drafted rules are not stringent enough to combat Florida's nutrient pollution problem.
A U.S. District judge on Saturday ruled that limits on sewage, manure and fertilizer contamination in state waters must take effect by March 6. Judge Robert Hinkle supported a set of federally mandated criteria for Florida waterways in his ruling, but argued that two portions of the EPA-drafted rules are arbitrary and capricious.
Business and political leaders will participate this Wednesday in the Florida Coalition of Public School Options' second annual School Choice Day in Tallahassee, in a show of support for charter schools.
In a letter sent to EPA Regional Administrator Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection requests that the agency return to Floridians the responsibility for protecting Florida's waters.
State Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, has introduced an amendment to the Florida Senate's budget bill that eliminates funding for the Crisis Counseling Program in the Department of Health and increases funding to the Family Planning Program.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is set to appear at a fundraising event this weekend alongside Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, the three-term Florida Congressman currently embroiled in several ongoing investigations.
A bill that would allow “inspirational messages,” including prayers, to be given during any school event, was passed on the House floor today with an 88-27 vote. The bill is now headed to the governor's desk.
The state's latest attempt to randomly drug test state employees in non-safety sensitive positions passed in the Florida House today with a 79-37 vote, despite warnings from critics that the bill is unconstitutional.
On Monday, only hours before they were slated to go into effect, a federal judge postponed the implementation of a portion of a set of federally-mandated water rules. Those rules, which should have gone into effect today, have been delayed until July.
According to a survey released last month by the Food Research and Action Center, Florida is among the top ten states with the highest rates of food hardship, or the lack of money to buy food.
The costs for Florida to switch to a more stringent set of water pollution standards are expected to exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, according to a National Research Council report released yesterday.
Months after the state of Florida submitted its plans to privatize most of its Medicaid program, the federal government is still asking the state to explain the feasibility of those plans.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder used his powers under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to block enforcement of a prohibitive new voting law in Texas. The law would have required voters to show government-issued identification at the polls.
A slew of national organizations and businesses are continuing to join together in urging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to approve a set of Florida-specific water pollution standards drafted by the state, rather than set of rules promulgated by the federal government. In a letter sent to Jackson earlier this month, groups including The Fertilizer Institute argue that the state Department of Environmental Protection has worked tirelessly to develop its own water quality standards.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Environment and Public Works this morning, highlighting the need for environmental funding in the President's Fiscal Year 2013 budget.
Political watchdog group CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) has released a report detailing how members of the House of Representatives use their positions to financially benefit their families. In its report, entitled Family Affair, CREW found that 248 House members had used their positions to financially benefit themselves or family members. Among those are at least 18 representatives from Florida.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has notified the panel currently reviewing Florida's voting law that the federal agency is opposed to a provision that complicates the process by which voters may change their registered addresses on Election Day.
The U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Ethics has decided to extend its investigation into Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. According to a statement released today, the matter was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on February 9, 2012.
Sam Kazran, a former business partner of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, is filing suit against the lawmaker, alleging the congressman defrauded him and abused the offices of the court to silence Kazran regarding numerous election laws which were knowingly violated by Buchanan during his run for public office.
Relatively unknown as a candidate in the race to become Florida's next Attorney General, Fort Lauderdale attorney Jim Lewis has announced he's calling for
Former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald has officially announced the launch of his campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan in the 13th congressional district.
Though many pro-life elected officials have attempted to distance themselves from Florida's fetal personhood amendment, which would outlaw abortions and some forms of birth control, state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, filed a bill in late January that shares some common language with Personhood Florida's proposed law.
State Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, has introduced the first anti-abortion bill to be considered by the Florida Legislature in its 2012 session.
On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sent out an email imploring supporters to pay careful attention to the so-called Personhood movement, which has gained considerable support in Mississippi. “This ballot initiative is about more than just one state, writes Richards. Anti-choice activists hope that a win in Mississippi will lead to a national movement.”
Yesterday, state Attorney General Pam Bondi rewrote the ballot summary for an amendment for Florida's 2012 ballot as ordered by a Leon County judge a week ago. The amendment, if passed, would allow the state to commit to unfettered funding of religious institutions.
Mat Staver, the founder of a Christian legal group known as the Liberty Counsel, has switched his position on a bill currently making its way to the governor's desk. The bill, which is sponsored by state Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, would allow state school boards to adopt policies allowing K-12 students to give inspirational messages, including prayers, at any school event.
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments about Arizona's immigration enforcement-only law on April 25, immigrant advocates, civil rights activists and other organization have issued documents and filed briefs opposing the state's law.
Gov. Rick Scott was presented with this year's general appropriations bill today. He now has 15 days to veto line items and sign the budget into law.
The Tea Party Network is urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto a Medicaid bill (H.B. 5301) that would shift costs from the state's Medicaid program to counties throughout Florida.
Super PACs and other outside groups are already spending four times as much money on this upcoming presidential than in 2008, the Sunlight Foundation reports.
In a press conference today addressing proposed cuts to defense spending, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suggested that issues of national security should not be debated.