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FL Senate Taking Up Florida Forever & Bethune Statue

FL Senate Taking Up Florida Forever & Bethune Statue

Tallahassee, FL –  The Florida Senate on Wednesday is expected to take up a bill that would set aside $100 million a year for the Florida Forever program and a proposal that would place a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol. Those bills were among nine that the […]

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Panel Weighs Florida’s Ban On State Support For Religious Groups

Panel Weighs Florida’s Ban On State Support For Religious Groups

By on January 22, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero on Friday urged a Constitution Revision Commission panel to repeal a constitutional ban on state support for religious groups. Cantero told the commission’s Education Committee that the so-called “no-aid” provision in the Florida Constitution is unnecessary and would likely be held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court based […]

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Official’s Comments Stir Up Oil-Drilling Debate

Official’s Comments Stir Up Oil-Drilling Debate

By on January 22, 2018 in News Service of Florida

  Florida – Despite U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s declaration last week that Florida wouldn’t be considered as part of a White House offshore oil-drilling proposal, waters near the state’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts may continue to be under review. But that all depends on how to interpret comments from Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of the […]

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House Ready To Take Up Anti-Tax Constitutional Amendment

House Ready To Take Up Anti-Tax Constitutional Amendment

Florida – In a priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott, the House next week will consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to raise taxes and fees in Florida. The House is scheduled during a floor session Wednesday to take up the proposal (HJR 7001), filed by Rep. Tom […]

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Florida’s Jobless Rate Inches Up

Florida’s Jobless Rate Inches Up

Tallahassee, FL – Florida’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly from November to December, as the estimated number of people out of work grew by 5,000 from the state’s workforce of 10.1 million. The change pushed the jobless rate from 3.6 percent in November to 3.7 percent in December, representing 374,000 Floridians out of work as […]

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Says ‘No One Should Be Texting & Driving’

Florida Governor Rick Scott Says ‘No One Should Be Texting & Driving’

Florida – Governor Rick Scott lent some support Thursday to legislative efforts aimed at making texting while driving a “primary” traffic offense. Scott didn’t endorse the proposal (HB 33 and SB 90) or say he would sign a bill, but he voiced opposition to texting while driving during comments after a Cabinet meeting. “I haven’t seen the […]

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Weighs Legal Fight Over Opioids

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Weighs Legal Fight Over Opioids

By on January 19, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday said Florida could soon pursue legal action against manufacturers and distributors of opioids. Bondi is working with a coalition of state attorneys general in seeking information about the distribution, marketing, and sale of opioids from major manufacturers and distributors. The state hasn’t filed suit. But Bondi’s agency last […]

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Proposals To Restore Felons’ Rights Move Forward

Proposals To Restore Felons’ Rights Move Forward

Tallahassee, FL -Two proposals that would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences were approved Thursday by a Florida Constitution Revision Commission panel. In a 6-2 vote, the commission’s Ethics and Elections Committee approved a measure (Proposal 7), sponsored by former Sen. Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale, that would automatically restore […]

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‘Intellectual Freedom’ Issue Added To Higher Ed Revamp In FL Legislature

‘Intellectual Freedom’ Issue Added To Higher Ed Revamp In FL Legislature

Florida – Adding a mandate for an annual survey of “intellectual freedom” on state university campuses, a House panel Wednesday approved a wide-ranging higher education package that would expand Bright Futures merit scholarships. The bill (HB 423), approved in a 12-1 vote by the Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee, is similar to legislation (SB 4) passed unanimously by the […]

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Florida House Bill Takes Aim At Prescription Drug Costs

Florida House Bill Takes Aim At Prescription Drug Costs

Florida – Pharmacists would be required to advise people about the costs of prescriptions and whether the retail prices of drugs are lower than cost-sharing requirements imposed by insurers or HMOs, under a bill approved unanimously Wednesday by a House health-care panel. Filed by Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, the bill (HB 351) also would require pharmacy benefit managers […]

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