The Buzz on Florida Politics

Taylor Cook, 21, an activist with Students for a Democratic Society, leads chants outside a Florida House committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
They said they didn’t get a chance to speak on the fast-moving bill modeled after Mississippi legislation.
The debate centers on an unusual part of state law that involves wrongful death claims.
While the White House hasn’t announced a short list for the seat being vacated by Justice Stephen Breyer, Ketanji Brown Jackson is considered a leading contender.
Much of the public testimony focused on the potential ramifications the proposed legislation would have on migrant children.


  1. The bill requires that a business be operating in a city or county for three years before it is eligible to sue.
  2. Florida already has a state pie — key lime — and the Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to make strawberry shortcake the official state dessert.
  4. Taylor Cook, 21, an activist with Students for a Democratic Society, leads chants outside a Florida House committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
  5. Diane Leahy prays with others before receiving the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
  6. Should the bill be signed into law, there would be a 30-day “education period” to inform the public before it goes into effect.
  7. The campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. [WIKIMEDIA COMMONS]
  8. A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to approve a bill that would allow parents of adult children to pursue pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.
  9. FILE - Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending judicial nominations, April 28, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Joe Biden has already narrowed the field for his first U.S. Supreme Court pick. One potential nominee is Jackson, 51. She attended Harvard as an undergraduate and for law school. Obama nominated her to be a federal trial court judge, and Biden elevated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Early in her career, she was also a law clerk for Breyer.  (Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)
  10. Ben Frazier, the president of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, confronts a DeSantis aide ahead of the governor's news conference in Jacksonville on Jan. 4, 2022.
  11. Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy.
  12. Florida Sen. Travis Hutson, center, makes a point at a Senate Community Affairs Committee meeting during a legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  13. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., listens during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. A former employee in the office of a Florida tax collector whose arrest triggered an investigation into U.S. Rep. Gaetz has pleaded guilty to fraud and drug charges. Court documents showed that Joseph Ellicott pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
  14. Amy Foster and Darden Rice are moving on after two terms on the St. Petersburg City Council.
  15. Florida Surgeon Gen. Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, left, speaks at a news conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, on Jan. 3 in Fort Lauderdale.
  16. Clearwater City Council candidate Jonathan Wade, 66, says serving in public office is on his bucket list. “I’m a senior now, but I don’t think I have old ideas,” he said.
  17. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking here during her weekly news conference Thursday, said she'll seek reelection to her California House seat.
  18. Worker clean up dead fish kill in a  canal in Apollo Beach. Red tide-triggered fish kills were reported in downtown Tampa. on Bayshore Boulevard, Apollo Beach and a MacDill Air Force Base earlier last summer.
  19. The partial collapse of Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside in June 2021 led Florida legislators to begin work on updating the state’s condominium regulations. A Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday to impose inspection requirements statewide, including stricter standards for buildings near the coastline.
  20. The Hillsborough School Board during an August 2021 vote on whether to require masks for students and staff.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fields a question while attending a news conference at Pasco County’s Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, where he announced that monoclonal antibody treatments would begin for patients as an early treatment to prevent hospitalizations and to save lives.
  22. The presidential search committee at the University of South Florida met for the second time on Oct. 22. From left are member Jose Valiente, chairperson Mike Griffin, search firm leader Alberto Pimentel and member Oscar Horton.
  23. Jeanette Jennings, mother of transgender teen advocate Jazz Jennings, speaks at a press conference in the Florida Capitol on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, against a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to provide minors with hormone therapy or to perform sex reassignment surgery.
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