Florida Legislature

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February 20, 2019 - 5:47 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would require Florida law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal authorities that enforce immigration laws and ban so-called sanctuary policies received its first approval Tuesday over the protests of immigrant advocates. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, the...
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February 13, 2019 - 8:05 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House began moving a bill Tuesday designed to comply with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' demand that lawmakers repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana by mid-March, but there remain differences with a similar bill moving in the Senate. The House Health and...
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February 05, 2019 - 8:23 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Legislature to repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana, but it became clear Monday that some fellow Republicans might not be on board. DeSantis took office last month and said firmly that he wanted lawmakers to repeal the ban signed into law...
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January 31, 2019 - 8:24 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — New toll roads. Election law changes. School safety. A possible rollback of health care regulations. Florida's top legislative leaders and Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined some of their top priorities Wednesday during the annual Associated Press legislative planning meeting. During the...
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January 20, 2019 - 8:57 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida voters who expected new Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to be politically divisive because of his strong ties to President Donald Trump may be surprised by the quick actions he's taken in his first two weeks in office. DeSantis announced a bold plan to address environmental...
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January 18, 2019 - 6:38 am
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the Legislature's implementation of a medical marijuana law and said Thursday that if they don't fix it quickly, he'll take matters into his own hands. DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that will end a ban on smokable...
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January 17, 2019 - 6:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to...
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November 20, 2018 - 5:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has two new leaders. Sen. Bill Galvano was selected Tuesday as the new Senate president, while Rep. Jose Oliva was chosen as the new House speaker. Galvano and Oliva were the sponsors of the major gun and school safety bill that...
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August 04, 2018 - 6:58 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democratic legislators are using an obscure state law to try to force the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the state's contentious "stand your ground law." Democrats asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to officially poll legislators on whether they would...
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June 19, 2018 - 3:57 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida circuit court has reinstated a stay on smoking medical marijuana. The state's 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled that the hold will remain in effect "pending final disposition of the merits of (a recent) appeal." The Department of Health appealed to a higher...
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