Florida Capitol

House Dems call for more COVID protections in Capitol; members, lobbyists and others test positive

BY: - January 21, 2022

Florida House Democrats are pushing for stricter COVID-19 protocols to prevent outbreaks during the 2022 legislative session, such as Zoom options for committee hearings, as more lawmakers, lobbyists and others have contracted the illness. The state House has health guidelines and precautions that were sent to members on Jan. 7, including a lenient approach to […]

Expansion in Gulf of Mexico drilling splits U.S. House panel along party lines

BY: - January 20, 2022

As the Biden administration’s move to scrap new oil and gas leases remains in unsettled legal territory, Democrats and Republicans on a U.S. House panel sharply disagreed about the merits of new energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, including Chairman Alan Lowenthal of […]

GOP-controlled Senate completes work on redistricting plans; even Dems praise process, outcome

BY: - January 20, 2022

The Florida Senate passed its plans to redistrict the state’s congressional and Senate seats, creating the political structure that will prevail for the next decade, on bipartisan votes Thursday. Not a word was uttered about the congressional redistricting plan that Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped over the weekend. “Because it’s not in play,” Democratic Sen. Linda […]

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

BY: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including […]

More than half the states across the nation are considering abortion bans

BY: - January 20, 2022

With the 49th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case coming up, several organizations across the nation including Florida are planning to make an example by protesting various abortions bans that threaten women’s reproductive freedom. Currently, 26 states are certain or likely to go forth with an abortion ban, Jessica Post, president of the […]

First Lady DeSantis completes final chemo treatment after her breast cancer diagnosis, gov says

BY: - January 20, 2022

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis received her last treatment of chemotherapy for breast cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. It’s been almost five months since her diagnosis was made public by the governor’s office in early October. The governor updated Floridians and the press on her treatment milestone at the end of a Thursday press […]

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 19, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

FL Senate stiffs DeSantis on congressional reapportionment, sets vote on new maps

BY: - January 19, 2022

The Florida Senate ignored Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday in finalizing its proposed redistricting plan for congressional and state Senate districts to account for the results of the 2020 U.S. Census. All that’s left now is for a final vote on those maps, likely on Thursday. The state House is developing its maps for its […]

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 19, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

First hearing on 15-week abortion ban prompts emotional testimony: FL lawmakers vote 12 to 6 on ban

BY: and - January 19, 2022

At least a 100 people filled a committee room in the state Capitol Wednesday to speak about a proposed 15-week abortion ban that, if approved, could change the landscape for women’s reproductive rights. It was the first hearing on the ban, and the vote Wednesday was 12 to 6 in favor of the legislation called […]

Candidate Crist unites parents fed up with ‘toxic politicization’ at schools and DeSantis policies

BY: - January 19, 2022

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, currently campaigning for governor in 2022 as a Democrat, is creating his own coalition of parents to support his campaign. A former Republican Florida governor and education commissioner, Crist said that the group will be “instrumental in helping to shape the education policy of the future Crist administration and end the […]