Legislation Vetoed by the Governor

The Governor vetoed eleven bills this session. Three bills of interest are outlined below. ALIMONY – SB 718 would have changed the awarding of alimony in family law cases. Particulars included the limitation of the length of time alimony could be paid, the placement of caps on the amount of such award, the prohibition of alimony Read more about Legislation Vetoed by the Governor[…]

Legislation Approved by the Governor

To date, the Governor has signed two hundred seventy-two bills into law and has vetoed eleven. After passage by the Legislature, a bill must be signed by the presiding officers and presented to the Governor.  The Governor then has fifteen days to either (1) sign the bill into law, (2) let the time lapse and Read more about Legislation Approved by the Governor[…]

Other Major Legislative Issues

Health Care Reform – Both the Senate and House have now rejected an expansion of the Medicaid program under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to include Floridians at or below 138% of the federal poverty level.  Senate Committee Chairman Joe Negron (R-Stuart) said he would like to pursue a “Florida Plan“, a voucher-like alternative that would Read more about Other Major Legislative Issues[…]

2013 Legislative Leadership Priorities

Campaign Finance Reform – The Legislature’s campaign reform proposals, SB 1382 by the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee and HB 569 by Representative Robert Schenck (R-Spring Hill) would: Raise campaign contribution limits. Eliminate certain political committees. Require candidates to file campaign finance reports more frequently. Senate Committee Chairman Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and Representative Schenck are working Read more about 2013 Legislative Leadership Priorities[…]

2013 Legislative Issues

Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Destin) and House of Representatives Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) will be pursuing a single legislative agenda called “Work Plan Florida.” The five point plan includes campaign finance reform, elections reform, ethics reform, education reform and pension reform. Campaign Finance Reform – To increase accountability and transparency in Florida’s election system, the Read more about 2013 Legislative Issues[…]