News Service of Florida

Patronis Wants Rubin Fired At Next Cabinet Meeting

Patronis Wants Rubin Fired At Next Cabinet Meeting

By on July 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is pushing to fire the state’s top financial regulator, who was suspended amid a sexual harassment investigation, at the next Cabinet meeting. Patronis’ request to consider the termination of Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Ronald Rubin at the July 25 meeting was made Thursday, as allegations […]

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Firm Says Rights Violated In Pot License Fight

Firm Says Rights Violated In Pot License Fight

By on June 26, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A Tampa-based orchid grower has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Florida Department of Health and several current and former state officials, alleging constitutional due-process violations related to the nursery’s attempt to get a medical marijuana license. The lawsuit, filed last week in Tallahassee by prominent Jacksonville civil-rights lawyers William […]

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Underground Power Lines Bill Goes To DeSantis

Underground Power Lines Bill Goes To DeSantis

By on June 26, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday formally received a bill that could lead to an expansion of underground power lines in Florida, with supporters touting the measure as a way to help reduce electricity outages after hurricanes. A key part of the bill (SB 796) would change the way underground power-line projects are […]

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Justices Reject Challenges To FPL Solar Projects

Justices Reject Challenges To FPL Solar Projects

By on June 14, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The state Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a business group’s challenge to a decision that allowed Florida Power & Light to recoup money from customers for a series of solar-energy projects. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the Florida Public Service Commission, which in 2017 approved FPL’s plan to recover […]

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DeSantis Signs Health Insurance Changes

DeSantis Signs Health Insurance Changes

By on June 13, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday (June 12th) signed into law a bill that could lead to a revamp of the health-insurance program for state employees. The measure (HB 1113) authorizes the state Department of Management Services to analyze current contracts with health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations and prescription drug programs and […]

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Appeals Court Weighs Major Education Law

Appeals Court Weighs Major Education Law

Tallahassee, FL – Appearing skeptical of arguments made by school boards, an appeals court Tuesday waded into a challenge to the constitutionality of a 2017 state law that seeks to boost charter schools. Numerous school boards across the state filed two lawsuits contending that the law infringed on their rights to operate school districts. One […]

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Democrats Rally Support, Grapple With Problems

Democrats Rally Support, Grapple With Problems

By on June 10, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Orlando, FL –Florida Democrats are making plans to win the crucial battleground state in 2020, but during a flurry of forums this weekend, intraparty tensions were often more apparent than enthusiasm. “We are going to turn into Alabama if we don’t get our act together,” said Sean Shaw, the 2018 Democratic nominee for attorney general […]

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House Seeks To Defend Medical Marijuana Law

House Seeks To Defend Medical Marijuana Law

By on June 4, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – As court battles continue about whether the state is properly carrying out a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, the Florida House is again trying to weigh in. House attorneys Friday gave notice that they will appeal a Leon County circuit judge’s ruling that blocked the House from intervening in […]

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Airbnb Removed From State Sanctions List

Airbnb Removed From State Sanctions List

By on May 30, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Airbnb has been removed from the state’s list of “scrutinized” companies. The change was announced Thursday, days after Gov. Ron DeSantis, while traveling in Israel, said Florida should lift economic sanctions on the home-sharing platform. DeSantis made the comments after Airbnb reversed course on a move to delist about 200 West Bank […]

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More Mental-Health Treatment Sought For Children

More Mental-Health Treatment Sought For Children

Tallahassee, FL – Florida has an estimated 400,000 children who need behavioral health services, but 55 percent of them don’t get any treatment, members of a health-care panel were told Thursday. That translates to 220,000 children across the state, or about one child in every classroom, health official Jeffrey Brosco told members of the Florida […]

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