Teacher pay centerpiece of DeSantis budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a $1 billion injection into Florida’s public education system in the upcoming fiscal year, money that would largely go toward pay increases as the state deals with a teacher shortage.

Trump impeachment inquiry hearings begi

Public hearings began Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry, focusing on the circumstances surrounding President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Buddy Dyer reelected as Orlando mayor

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has cruised to another victory after defeating his challengers District 6 Councilman Sam Ings and non-profit consultant Aretha Simons. 

Debate over the future of Visit Florida

The future of Visit Florida has been greatly impacted by budget cuts, but lawmakers are indicating that they may want to continue to help supplement the public-private entity that promotes state tourism.

Questions remain after felons' rights ruling

The Legislature this spring passed a law to carry out the amendment, but the law drew federal court challenges because it requires felons to pay “legal financial obligations,” such as restitution, fines and fees, to get their rights restored.

Orange County Mayor Demings defend transportation tax

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is proposing a one-cent sales tax that is expected to generate more than $596 million dollars annually. The tax revenue will go into a transportation fund for future road projects and the development of a mass transit system, over time, expanding the Lynx and SunRail lines.

Elijah Cummings honored at dignitary-packed funeral

The late Elijah Cummings, the powerful and long-serving Baltimore congressman who rose to chair the House Oversight Committee, was honored at a dignitary-packed funeral Friday where eulogies praised his mastery of Congress and commitment to constituents.

An act that will make animal cruelty a felony is closer to becoming law

A bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony was unanimously passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which was introduced by Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., would outlaw a form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where people maim and torture animals.

Florida senators debating limits in rape cases

The Florida Senate is debating a bill that would make it easier for victims of sexual assault to report the crime. Sen. Linda Stewart, an Orlando Democrat sponsoring the bill with Criminal Justice Chairman Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, said the change was needed because staff members wanted to clarify which cases would have no statute of limitations. She said the bill now "clarifies the exact beginning of this bill, to make sure that nobody gets grandfathered in."