Florida House of Representatives

House Approves Bill Cracking Down On Sober Homes

9 hours ago
Steve / Flickr

A crackdown on sober home corruption took a big step forward on Wednesday after House members unanimously voted to pass a bill strengthening the state's role in prosecuting criminal and regulatory violations.

House Revamps Trauma Care Plan

Apr 25, 2017

A key House committee Monday scaled back a plan that would have eliminated a limit on the number of trauma centers in the state — but the panel sought to ensure that a disputed Jacksonville-area trauma center can keep its doors open.

Medical Marijuana Bill Headed To Full House

Apr 25, 2017

A House medical-marijuana plan sponsored by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues is ready for a floor vote after a key committee approved the proposal (HB 1397) late Monday afternoon.

Juvenile Records Bill Ready For House Floor

Apr 21, 2017

Legislation approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee would help juveniles expunge their arrest records after they complete diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses.

State Could Scrap Auto Insurance Law

Apr 20, 2017

Florida may change the kinds of auto insurance drivers must purchase.

House Targets Workers’ Comp Rates

Apr 20, 2017

Nearly a year after a Florida Supreme Court ruling rocked the state's workers' compensation insurance system, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at holding down insurance rates for businesses.

House Approves ‘Certificate Of Need’ Repeal

Apr 20, 2017
Steve / Flickr

The Florida House on Wednesday easily passed a bill that would eliminate a controversial regulatory process for the approval of new hospitals.

Cannabis Compromise Will Prohibit Smoking

Apr 19, 2017
Associated Press

Florida patients may be able to vape or munch on medical-marijuana products but they almost certainly won't be allowed to light up joints or take bong hits, under a compromise being worked on by House and Senate leaders.

House Set To OK ‘Certificate Of Need’ Repeal

Apr 19, 2017

The House could vote as early as Wednesday to repeal the "certificate of need" regulatory process for building hospitals, an issue backed by House Republican leaders and Gov. Rick Scott.

House Backs Scott In State Attorney Lawsuit

Apr 18, 2017
wp paarz / Flickr

Intensifying an already emotionally and racially charged debate, the Republican-dominated state House intends to file a friend-of-the-court brief backing Gov. Rick Scott's ouster of a Central Florida state attorney from nearly two dozen death-penalty cases.

House, Senate At Odds Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Change

Apr 10, 2017

The House and Senate are in a stand-off, for now, about a controversial bill dealing with “stand your ground” self-defense cases.

Florida could begin issuing what's essentially a fetal death certificate to women who have had miscarriages.

MGN Online

The Florida House wants to fight opioid addiction by placing new restrictions on how doctors prescribe painkillers.

House Backs ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shift

Apr 6, 2017

A bill that would shift a key burden of proof in "stand your ground" cases was approved Tuesday by a divided House, with Republicans saying it would restore the intent of the controversial self-defense law and Democrats arguing it would increase gun violence.

House Ready To Move On ‘Stand Your Ground’

Apr 2, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

After senators quickly approved the proposal, the Florida House could be poised to pass a bill that would shift a key burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases.

Direct Primary Care Easily Passes House

Mar 31, 2017

The Florida House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would clear the way for doctors and patients to enter into "direct primary care" agreements.

Patients are coming out in opposition to plans in the Florida House to implement a medical marijuana amendment.

House Panel Pushes Forward On Medical Marijuana

Mar 29, 2017

Pledging that it is only a start, a Florida House panel gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a medical-marijuana proposal castigated by supporters of a constitutional amendment that legalized cannabis for a broad swath of patients with debilitating conditions.

House Panel Backs Revamping State Trauma System

Mar 28, 2017

After years of hospital-industry legal battles about opening new trauma centers, a House panel Monday approved a bill that would repeal limits on the numbers of trauma facilities across the state.

House Pushes Changes In Employee Health Insurance

Mar 23, 2017

In an issue long backed by Republican leaders, the House on Thursday likely will approve a proposal (HB 7007) that would revamp the health-insurance program for state employees.

Pro-Gun Measures Pass House Panel

Mar 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday supported, in near party-line votes, two proposals backed by gun-rights supporters.

Lawmakers Support Medical Marijuana Research

Mar 15, 2017

A House budget panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would send $2.462 million to the University of Florida for research about issues such as the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating patients.

Workers’ Comp Bill Passes First Test In House

Mar 15, 2017

After a fierce debate about attorney fees, a House panel Tuesday moved forward with a proposal that would make key changes in the workers' compensation insurance system.

Lawmakers Quickly Pass Death Penalty Fix

Mar 13, 2017
Hello World Media / Flickr

Florida juries would have to unanimously decide that defendants convicted of capital crimes should be put to death for the sentence to be imposed, under a measure that lawmakers rushed to pass during the first week of the annual legislative session.

Surgical Center Bill Backed By House Panel

Mar 8, 2017

Looking to ease regulations in the health-care industry, a House panel Tuesday approved a bill that would allow patients to stay overnight in ambulatory surgical centers and open the door to facilities known as "recovery care centers."

Lawmaker Eyes Industrial Hemp Programs

Mar 5, 2017

Pointing to a crop for Florida's agriculture industry and the potential for new jobs, a House Republican on Friday proposed allowing state colleges and universities to start industrial hemp programs.

House Panel Backs Lawsuits Over Abortion Injuries

Feb 23, 2017

As a similar proposal emerged in the Senate, a House panel Wednesday supported a controversial bill that could help clear the way for women to file lawsuits against doctors who perform abortions.

House Supports Unanimous Juries In Death Cases

Feb 22, 2017
Florida Department of Corrections

Juries would have to unanimously decide that defendants should be condemned to death, under a fast-tracked proposal aimed at fixing the state's death-penalty sentencing system after a series of court rulings have put executions on hold in Florida for more than a year.

House Looks To Revamp Employee Health Insurance

Feb 9, 2017
The Commonwealth Fund

A House committee next week will consider a proposal for revamping the state-employee health insurance program, long a goal of House Republican leaders.

Septic Tank Inspections Sought As Part Of Home Sales

Jan 19, 2017
Drain It / Flickr

Pointing in part to water-quality problems in the Indian River Lagoon, a Brevard County House member Wednesday proposed requiring septic-tank inspections as part of the sales of homes and other types of real estate.