FL Legislature 2021

DeSantis signs legislation to help improve early childhood literacy and kindergarten readiness

Florida’s early-education system will see significant changes in hopes of better preparing the state's youngest learners, as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two bills from...

FL ag commissioner Fried calls for vetoes of ‘big government’ bills passed by GOP-led...

Calling the 2021 legislative session “the year of big government,” Florida Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Nikki Fried called on Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday...

With FL prisons under pressure and understaffed, lawmakers reject alternatives to incarceration

Florida’s burgeoning prison population — outstripping current staffing — could be reduced by sending more inmates to home-based corrections programs widely considered safe for...

Gov. DeSantis signs ban on ‘vaccine passports’ requirements by business, schools, agencies

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on enforcement of “vaccine passports” by state and local governments or private businesses is now state law. The governor signed legislation...

Asked to boost jobless benefits for everyday Floridians, the FL House said no

There will be no increase in unemployment benefits for Floridians this year. Legislation that would have boosted the top unemployment benefits by $100 per week...

FL consumers get more sales-tax holidays, but big businesses are the ones celebrating

The Florida Legislature’s $101.5 billion budget, bolstered by billions in federal funding, threw some popular tidbits out for everyday consumers in the form of...

Environmental-protection and home-rule groups call on FL governor to stand up for locals

A bevy of bills blocking local efforts to convert to clean energy, protect water quality and protect farm land passed this week in the...
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Massive 2021-22 state budget for FL approved: Pitfalls for some struggling families but major...

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending people's lives, many Florida families are struggling to make ends meet — hoping for financial relief to cope with...

Gov. DeSantis will sign transgender student athletes’ sports bill: ‘Oh yeah, we’re going to...

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to sign legislation that would bar transgender women from participating in women's sports teams at public schools and universities. He said...

FL Legislature approves GOP voting reforms; critics call for governor to veto

The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature Thursday evening approved a package of election reforms that critics say are not needed following a widely commended 2020 election,...

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