Florida Senate passes 'alcohol to-go' bill

The Florida Senate approved a bill that would make permanent a move that has allowed restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks with take-home meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transgender athlete ban heads to full Florida House

A proposal to ban transgender females from taking part in girls’ or women’s high-school and college sports is teed up for consideration by the full Florida House of Representatives, after a Republican-controlled education panel overrode fiery objections Tuesday.

Florida Supreme Court to hear challenge to insurance law

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to a 2016 state law that put new requirements on life insurance companies to determine whether policyholders have died and to contact beneficiaries.

Florida bill would let victims track rape kit processing

If passed, the law would require a tracking system for rape kits in Florida. The bill is called "Gail's Law" after a victim who raped in 1988, but whose sexual assault test kit wasn't tested until 2019, more than 30 years after her attack. She later learned her attacker had raped 15 other women.

Florida Senate votes to close sex offender loophole

Last year, a judge ruled that a Tampa man convicted of molesting two young girls at a public pool didn't have to register as a sex offender because he hadn't paid off a court-ordered fine. Now the Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill to close that loophole.

Revamped Bright Futures bill clears first hurdle

With dozens of students testifying against the bill, a controversial plan to reduce Bright Futures scholarships for students who pursue degrees deemed unlikely to lead to jobs was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee.