TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Lawmakers couldn't find a way to provide health care coverage for 1.1 million uninsured Floridians, but they did pass a bill that would make it illegal to dye bunnies and chicks and another that would prevent people from using food stamps at strip bars.
The Legislature ended its annual 60-day session Friday with House Speaker Will Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz and Gov. Rick Scott all claiming victories on their priorities. Meanwhile, lawmakers didn't take $50 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because Weatherford refused to accept any federal money to help the uninsured.
The Republican leaders, though, were praised by their peers for accomplishing other major goals, like an elections bill, an ethics bill and a sales tax exemption for manufacturers.