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“People believe they’ve won the jackpot with the litigation lottery,” said Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. “We have a problem in Florida. Help me fix it.”
House Bill 837 will make it harder and more expensive to sue insurance companies.
The measure, which would impose the first-ever public records exemption for the transportation records held by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, would be retroactive.
The 2017 State Health Improvement Plan spelled out “equity” as a priority. Not under DeSantis.
The proposal is part of a bill that would ban most abortions past six weeks of pregnancy.


  1. “People believe they’ve won the jackpot with the litigation lottery,” said Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. “We have a problem in Florida. Help me fix it.”
  2. Protesters held cardboard signs shaped like tombstones in front of the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport in early August 2022 as the Florida Board of Medicine met inside. A group of parents and transgender children filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the medical board, among others, for its ban on gender-affirming care for youth.
  3. The directive, proposed by Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, above, and backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would strengthen the 2022 Parental Rights in Education Act.
  4. A cache of weapons seized from one man as part of a risk protection order is stored in the evidence room at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa on Sept. 18, 2019.
  5. Sen. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, left, asks questions about a bill to expand private school vouchers, addressing bill sponsor Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, right. The lawmakers were working on the Senate floor Wednesday.
  6. Students walk near the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
  7. Tammy Heilman, Sheila Smith, Rio Wojtecki, Lorenzo Gary, and Dalanea Taylor were targeted by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office under its intelligence program.
  8. Students walk across the Tampa campus at the University of South Florida, one of 12 state schools affected by legislation that would make it harder for faculty members to keep their tenure status.
  9. Joseph Ladapo speaks during a news conference at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center at the University of Miami on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
  10. “Russia was wrong to invade. They were wrong to take Crimea,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seen as likely to launch a presidential campaign later this year.
  11. State law allows governors to use state planes for political and personal travel for security reasons but, as Gov. Ron DeSantis conducts a national book tour in anticipation of a likely presidential campaign, questions are mounting about whether taxpayer funds have been used to finance his travel and other political operations.
  12. This combination of the photos shows former President Donald Trump, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right.
  13. Hillsborough County schools Superintendent Addison Davis speaks to the State Board of Education on Jan. 18, explaining why his district has not reached a pay agreement with teachers.
  14. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is moving to unilaterally forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, as the Republican governor continues a focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run.
  15. Harbour Island resident Donovan Pullen asked Mayor Jane Castor on Wednesday about the possible influence of Castor's domestic partner, Ana Cruz, a lobbyist, in city business and about the propriety of Cruz's mother, Janet Cruz, running for a City Council seat.
  16. NAACP Hillsborough County Branch President Yvette Lewis is pictured at a news conference outside Tampa Park Plaza on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The NAACP may consider issuing a travel advisory for tourists to Florida.
  17. In this 2017 file photo, Rose Llauget, director of pregnancy and adoption services with Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg Inc., replaces a doll representing the early stages of pregnancy at her office in Tampa.
  18. Treia Martin, left, and her son, Siam Sinchat, a sixth grade student at Bay Point Middle, get ready to drive to school from their St. Petersburg home on Feb. 28.
  19. A supporter of former President Donald Trump takes a break outside his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
  20. The Florida resort has committed to hosting the conference this year and next, which will coincide with the presidential election campaign in 2024.
  21. Momma Ashley Rose, the founder of Rose Dynasty Foundation, speaks against Senate Bill 1438, which would impose further restrictions on drag shows and make it easier for the state to go after shows in cases where children are present. The bill was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  22. Then-Florida state Rep. Joe Harding listens during a Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing in a legislative session on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  23. The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
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