Florida Legislation

House Reps propose bill sidestepping DeSantis’s $350 million federal funds veto

In June, Governor Ron DeSantis rejected around $350 million in energy efficiency incentives. WMNF's Chris Young reports.
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How a tiny non-profit startup broke the year’s biggest Florida politics story

Barbara Petersen, executive director of the Florida Center for Government Accountability, appeared on WMNF WaveMakers.
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The Pinellas Legislative Delegation supports a revamp of PSTA; what would it mean for local transit?

A Republican Florida representative has proposed a bill that would change how Pinellas County’s transit organization is governed.
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bus rapid transit BRT St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, husband of Moms For Liberty cofounder, accused of sexual battery by alleged menage a trois lover

Christian Ziegler, Florida’s GOP chairman and husband of Sarasota County School Board member and Moms of Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, is under criminal investigation after...
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A decade after Rick Scott refused $1.25 billion from feds, a Florida lawmaker proposes $50 million for private passenger rail between Tampa and Orlando

Florida lawmakers are championing hundreds of projects including $50 million for Brightline to extend rail from Orlando to Tampa.
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Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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DeSantis defeats Charlie Crist Election 2022

PEN America report analyzes on Florida’s influence on free speech, lawmaking nationwide

Listen: Free expression group PEN America analyzed Florida’s culture war laws over the years. They released a report arguing that legislation in Florida under Governor Ron DeSantis is driving a conservative view of free speech...

Sarasota residents get a chance to speak to their legislators ahead of legislative session

The legislative session starts in 2024, and concerned Sarasota citizens and community leaders had a chance to speak to their representatives.

Miami Representative Daniel Perez designated as next Florida House Speaker

Republican Representative Daniel Perez of Miami was designated as the next Florida House speaker for the 2024-2026 legislative term.

Museum gives students access to LGBTQ+ history amid Florida’s anti-gay legislation

Listen: Amid a surge in anti-LGBT legislation in Florida, one museum is working to preserve its community’s history for the next generation. The Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale is one of the...

Law experts have conflicting thoughts on new Florida tort reform

Listen: In March, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 837, a law overhauling Florida’s litigation landscape. A panel of law experts spoke to a civic group in Tampa about the law. The law is referred to...
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Activist groups rally across Florida to protest new laws taking effect Saturday

Listen: Many policies from Florida’s legislative session go into effect Saturday, and various activist groups are rallying to raise awareness on the new laws they call ‘harmful’. Organizers include Florida for All, Sierra Club Florida,...

Florida Criminal Justice Reform 2023

FL Rep. Dianne Hart, a long-term champion of criminal justice and prison reforms, and Julianne Holt, the elected Hillsborough County Public Defender for the past 33 years both appeared on MidPoint to discuss the mostly...

MidPoint: Putting People to Death in Florida Just Got Easier

Death penalty defense lawyers, Allison Miller and Craig Whisenhunt join MidPoint to discuss the new legislation that now makes Florida the state with the lowest legal threshold to put convicted people to death for murder,...

Florida Senate passes a bill to fund historic African-American cemeteries

The Florida Senate passed a bill that funds efforts to protect cemeteries, sparked by a history of neglect of African-American cemeteries.

Florida Senate considers “Don’t Say Gay” bill expansion with controversial new provision sparking criticism

Listen: An expansion on what critics call the Don’t Say Gay bill was heard in the Florida Senate today. However, a new provision to the bill garnered strong criticism from Democratic senators. The bill seeks...

Senate bill clarifies presidential eligibility for serving public officials

Listen: A bill heard in the Senate will ensure that Governor DeSantis will be legally allowed to run for president if he chooses to. The bill ensures that a public official can run for President...

Democrats fear for public schools as Senate bill advances

A controversial bill advanced in a Senate subcommittee Thursday that will divert some public school funds to charter schools.

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