FL Legislature 2023

Women shut out of FL House committee leadership; a few will lead subcommittees

BY: - December 5, 2022

As the Florida Legislature gears up for a special session next week and prepares for the 2023 regular session, the House of Representatives has announced its committee leadership assignments. Let’s call them male-centric. Unsurprisingly, all full committee leadership roles were filled by Republicans, who enjoy supermajorities in both chambers. Women make up 40.8 percent of […]

GOP women surpass female Dems in FL Senate; major gains for Republican women in House

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Florida House and Senate saw major upticks for Republican women elected to serve in the 2022-24 legislative term compared to the previous session. Last term, 16 women were in the Florida Senate, which is 40 percent of the chamber. That figure remains the same, but it’s still well below the U.S. Census data showing […]

White House, FEMA extend relief for Ian destruction; Fried wants bonuses for 911 operators

BY: - November 28, 2022

Following destruction caused by Hurricane Ian that swept through the state in late September, Florida is getting more help in the holiday season: Additional federal grants to use towards recovery efforts and debris removal. As the White House put it on Monday, President Joe Biden “made additional disaster assistance available to the state of Florida […]

Coalition calls on Florida Legislature to create committee to focus on climate change

BY: - November 28, 2022

More than a dozen environmental and community-based organizations are calling on the new leaders of the Florida Legislature to create a special committee to address climate change, saying that the issue is the biggest threat to the state. “As we speak, Floridians are suffering from horrific hurricane damage, unsafe water, skyrocketing property insurance rates, frequent […]

FL saw 74,000 abortions in 2020, before Roe fell and the enactment of restrictions

BY: - November 23, 2022

Florida reported more than 74,000 legal abortions among women aged 15-44 during 2020, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers, the most recent available, provide a baseline against which to measure abortion restrictions enacted since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June. Those include […]

FL House Dems say ‘technical’ rule changes will hurt them, their constituents

BY: - November 23, 2022

Rule changes in the Florida House that Republicans said were just “technical updates” were opposed unanimously by Democrats this week, who claim the changes will hurt them and their constituents. “There were just a number of changes to the bill that we do not believe were as minor as the majority party tried to convey, […]

Florida Senate installs its first female presiding officer in a generation

BY: - November 22, 2022

The Florida Senate formally installed Naples Republican Kathleen Passidomo as its first woman president in a generation Tuesday. She marked the occasion by promising to work with Democrats but stressing that the voters had placed her party firmly in charge. “It’s pretty cool, isn’t it?” Passidomo told reporters during her first media gaggle in her […]

Florida Speaker of the House Paul Renner takes aim at ‘ideologues’

BY: - November 22, 2022

In his first speech as Florida Speaker of the House, Paul Renner focused Tuesday on bread-and-butter measures such as reducing taxes and making housing more attainable but also touched on a culture war agenda that has defined the Ron DeSantis regime in Tallahassee. At the Legislature’s organizational meeting Tuesday morning, Renner took aim at “ideologues” […]