The Senate and House on Tuesday formally sent bills to Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prevent doctors from offering treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy to transgender minors and expand a law restricting instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.

New Measures Signed By Florida Gov. DeSantis Take Effect In July

Measures signed last week by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will shutter Florida’s business-recruitment agency, allow cameras that could nab drivers illegally passing school buses, and boost state oversight of the insurance industry. The newly signed laws came out of the 2023 legislative session and are…

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Florida Department Of Education Gearing To Begin Crafting New School Rules

The Florida Department of Education is gearing up to begin crafting rules to carry out a number of measures approved by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, including some proposals that were among the most controversial issues from the 2023 legislative session. The…

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Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Expansion Of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Law

Saying Florida will “let the kids be kids,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a bill that expands a controversial 2022 law restricting instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. The bill (HB 1069) also limits the way teachers and students can use…

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Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Bill Targeting ‘DEI’

Continuing an effort to eliminate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives from Florida’s higher-education system, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a measure aimed at prohibiting colleges and universities from spending money on “DEI” programs. The governor also signed a separate bill that will prevent…

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Florida Gov. DeSantis Shelves Cell Phones In Class, TikTok In Schools

 Saying that social media does “more harm than good,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed education changes that include prohibiting students from using cell phones during class time and curtailing use of the social-media platform TikTok on school grounds. Also, DeSantis signed bills creating a…

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Expansion Of Parental Rights Law Heads To Florida Gov. DeSantis’ Desk

 In one of the most-controversial education issues of the 2023 legislative session, the Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a measure that would expand last year’s “Parental Rights in Education” law — known to critics as “don’t say gay.” The bill, which is ready to go…

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