The calendar turned this week to the last month of the year, but many in Florida seemed to be getting a jump on new beginnings.
A newly elected state senator has filed legislation that would undo a 2014 law allowing in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrant students, potentially reopening an emotionally charged debate in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential win.
As they gathered a couple of days before Thanksgiving to get organized for next year's legislative session, many of the lawmakers at the Capitol had more to be grateful for than some extra time off, a pending feast of turkey and trimmings, and some midweek football
House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, could be thankful that they had finally finished their long paths to the leadership of their respective chambers. Whether they could offer gratitude for being lined up opposite each other was yet to be determined.
As he was formally nominated Monday by his Republican colleagues to be the next speaker of the Florida House, Rep. Richard Corcoran gave few new indications of where he will take the chamber over the next two years.
Elections have consequences, they say, and if the previous week featured the elections, then this week featured the consequences.
New Florida Senate rules released Tuesday do not include the broad-based restrictions on lobbying and budget measures that will be imposed by the House, instead settling for tweaks and smaller changes.
The rules for how the Senate will operate over the next two years, released by incoming President Joe Negron, are largely in line with those that have been used in the past. However, the draft slightly shores up some ethics standards for senators and people seeking to influence them.
The 2016 elections had already produced their share of surprises. The triumph of a reality-television star in the race for his party's presidential nomination. The premature end of a certain Republican front-runner's campaign that had raised well more than $100 million for the primary push. And the success of a septuagenarian Vermont socialist who nearly claimed the Democratic nomination for the White House.
Donald Trump, a real-estate mogul who won the Republican presidential nomination in part by knocking off two of Florida's favored sons, appeared to be on track to win the state's 29 electoral votes Tuesday night.
With 94.4 percent of the state's precincts reporting, Trump was leading Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by a healthy margin, 49.2 percent to 47.6 percent. That represented a lead of almost 144,000 votes out of nearly 9.2 million counted.
When courts redrew districts for Florida's congressional delegation and the state Senate, assumptions quickly poured in.
A key House Republican expected to be one of the top lawmakers on education policy next year is fighting to fend off a Democratic challenger who is using his work on school-related legislation as ammunition for her attacks.
Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, is likely in line to chair either the House Education Committee or the House panel that oversees education spending --- but only if he can get past Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich, a 37-year-old attorney, in the Nov. 8 election.