FL Legislature 2022

Chairman blasts ‘political rhetoric’ about FL House panel’s congressional district ‘workshop maps’

BY: - December 2, 2021

Florida’s redistricting efforts in the Legislature have become heated, at least in the state House. Without naming names, Florida Rep. Tyler Sirois, chairing the House subcommittee on congressional redistricting, complained Thursday about “political rhetoric that’s being caustically tossed around in the media” since subcommittee staff released its first two draft maps on Monday. “As you […]

Talk about preemption: FL Leg could let businesses ride herd on local governments

BY: - December 1, 2021

The Republicans who dominate the Florida Legislature may soon empower business owners to sue cities and counties for passing ordinances that cause them financial losses. During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Republican Travis Hutson pitched his proposal as a form of preemption — that is, a way to overrule local ordinances […]

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A voucher program to curb bullying in FL schools could expand — but it may not be about bullying

BY: - November 30, 2021

A scholarship program originally intended to help students who are victims of bullying or other types of harassment could extend to students who haven’t faced any bullying at all. What’s going on? The Florida Legislature is considering legislation to expand a voucher program called the Hope Scholarship, which could potentially allow more students into the […]

Should Florida students learn ‘social media literacy’ in school? Some lawmakers think so

BY: - November 29, 2021

Social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat are used by children and teens across the world, and some Florida lawmakers want to make sure that students are educated on the risks and benefits of using those platforms. That’s why in the 2022 legislative session, the Florida Legislature will consider a bill that […]

Gov. DeSantis to seek $1B gas tax hiatus to lift inflation’s burden on Floridians

BY: - November 22, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Florida Legislature to suspend collections of Florida’s gas tax to provide relief from rising inflation, saying the move would save Floridians more than $1 billion. “The average family, over a five- or six-month period, you know, could save up to $200,” the governor said Monday during a news conference […]

FL Senate’s draft voting maps faring well in public opinion so far

BY: - November 16, 2021

Early reviews of the Florida Senate’s eight proposed maps redrawing state Senate and congressional voting districts are favorable, drawing a stark contrast between this redistricting cycle and the one 10 years ago. “These maps are impressive,” said Sen. Jennifer Bradley, a central-west Florida Republican who chairs the Senate subcommittee on congressional reapportionment. We have come […]

FL Senate unveils draft maps proposing new districts for Congress, Legislature

BY: - November 10, 2021

First drafts of redrawn voting districts were unveiled Wednesday afternoon by the Florida Senate Committee on Reapportionment, setting in motion a whirlwind of analysis, scrutiny, and debate that will shape Florida’s legislative and congressional races for a decade to come. The eight maps, proposing new boundaries for Senate and congressional electoral districts, can be viewed […]

Democrats’ push for political parity in redistricting irks House committee chair

BY: - November 2, 2021

House Redistricting Committee Chairman Tom Leek scolded Democrats on Tuesday for suggesting the panel consider results in recent gubernatorial races to draw new political districts reflecting Florida’s near parity between Republicans and Democrats. During a hearing covering the legal rules for the redistricting process, the Volusia County Republican warned that even the mention of any […]

Dr. Ladapo defends himself; Gov. DeSantis standing by his surgeon general nominee

BY: - October 26, 2021

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, amid mounting criticism of his refusal to wear a face mask during a meeting with a state senator undergoing treatment for breast cancer, issued a written statement on Tuesday defending his behavior. “I attempted in good faith to find some way for us to communicate that would respect each of […]

FL TaxWatch: Climate change hurts businesses and taxpayers; lawmakers should act

BY: - October 26, 2021

Climate change is bad for business in Florida and bad for taxpayers, says a new analysis by government watchdog Florida TaxWatch that calls for policy changes to contain the damage. The report, titled “A Rising Tide Sinks All Homes: The Effects of Climate Change on Florida’s Economy,” forecasts billions in current and future financial losses […]

Redistricting panels weigh issues including concerns about Internet access and how to count inmates

BY: and - October 20, 2021

Democrats raised fresh concerns Wednesday during hearings on new district maps for Florida House and Senate and congressional seats, including how to count prison inmates, how closely to adhere to existing districts, and the late arrival of documents for review during the day’s meetings. Additionally, they continued to press for public hearings in local communities […]

For decades, only two women have been FL Senate presidents; Sen. Passidomo will be the third

BY: - October 20, 2021

The portraits of previous Florida Senate presidents hang on the wall in the Senate gallery, showcasing the overwhelming number of males who have held those leadership roles. Going back decades, only two women have been Senate presidents in the Florida Legislature. But Tuesday, the Florida Senate designated its next president as Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, a […]