A proposal that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is poised for consideration by the full Florida House. The House Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday approved the measure (HB 5) in a 14-7 vote. Dozens of people testified against the bill, which closely resembles a Mississippi law that is being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats on the House panel argued the measure is unconstitutional. “Once again, we’ll be passing unconstitutional legislation that will also cost Floridians more money and time while we have real serious issues,” Rep. Michele Rayner, D-St.

Florida House Sets Mid-January Meetings

The Florida House has scheduled three days of committee meetings in mid-January, including a full slate of budget panels.
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The Florida House has scheduled three days of committee meetings in mid-January, including a full slate of budget panels.

The meetings will be held from Jan. 17 through Jan. 19, according to a tentative schedule posted on the House website.

Appropriations subcommittees will be scattered over the three days, with the budget-writing full Appropriations Committee and the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee scheduled to meet on Jan. 19.

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The Senate earlier posted a tentative schedule showing it plans to hold committee meetings on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18.

Lawmakers are preparing for the annual legislative session, which will start on March 7. They held an initial round of committee meetings this week.

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