News Service of Florida

Key State Tax Projections See Little Change

Key State Tax Projections See Little Change

By on August 17, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL –The forecast for state revenue remained stable as analysts Thursday approved a new projection of the key funding sources for Florida’s budget, including sales taxes and corporate income taxes. Amy Baker, coordinator of the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, said the forecast for state general revenue “is virtually unchanged overall.” The […]

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Detzner Demands Answers On Hacking Assertions

Detzner Demands Answers On Hacking Assertions

By on August 17, 2018 in News Service of Florida

  Tallahassee, FL – Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Thursday demanded that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla, back up an “unsubstantiated” claim that Russians are hacking state voting systems. “We are aware of the threat and the need to stay vigilant, but if you have specific information on a confirmed intrusion of any of […]

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State Urges Justices To Allow Dog Racing Measure

State Urges Justices To Allow Dog Racing Measure

By on August 16, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Pointing in part to the “common sense” of voters, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office Wednesday filed a 44-page brief urging the Florida Supreme Court to allow a proposed ban on greyhound racing to go on the November ballot. The brief urged justices to overturn a ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers, […]

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More Than 20 Districts Move Forward With “Guardians”

More Than 20 Districts Move Forward With “Guardians”

By on August 16, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – About a third of Florida’s school districts are taking steps to deploy armed “guardians” on school campuses to prevent incidents such as mass shootings, according to the state Office of Safe Schools. Damien Kelly, a veteran law-enforcement officer who is the first director of the newly created safety agency, told the Florida Board […]

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Oil And Gas Industry Pushes To “Explore” Off Florida

Oil And Gas Industry Pushes To “Explore” Off Florida

By on August 16, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A national coalition with deep Florida ties brought its message of supporting offshore oil and natural-gas “exploration” to Tallahassee on Wednesday, as pushback continues against a Trump administration plan that could lead to expanded drilling off the country’s coasts. Dubbed “Explore Offshore,” the coalition is backed by the American Petroleum Institute and the […]

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Florida Supreme Court Asked To Block 6 Amendments

Florida Supreme Court Asked To Block 6 Amendments

Tallahassee, FL – Arguing that Floridians shouldn’t be asked to vote on ballot measures that patch together unrelated issues, a legal challenge filed Tuesday at the state Supreme Court seeks to scuttle six proposed constitutional amendments. The plaintiffs, including former Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead, take aim at proposed amendments that the Florida Constitution Revision […]

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FL Senate Candidates Keep Sparring Over Election Security

FL Senate Candidates Keep Sparring Over Election Security

By on August 15, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is sticking to his comment that “Russians are in Florida’s election records,” as Gov. Rick Scott pushes for more information and questions the veracity of the claim. With the two set to square off in the November general election for the Senate seat, Nelson’s office said Tuesday the focus […]

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Florida Voter Registration Tops 13 Million

Florida Voter Registration Tops 13 Million

By on August 14, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Some will vote by mail. Some will vote early. Some will go old-school and vote on the actual election day. Some won’t vote at all. But slightly more than 13 million Floridians are registered to vote in advance of the Aug. 28 primary elections, according to new figures posted online by the state […]

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Amendment 10 Challenge Goes To FL Supreme Court

Amendment 10 Challenge Goes To FL Supreme Court

By on August 14, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After a circuit judge last week upheld a ballot measure about county constitutional offices, the legal battle has quickly gone to the Florida Supreme Court. The 1st District Court of Appeal on Monday forwarded the dispute to the Supreme Court, pointing to a “question of great public importance” that it said needs “immediate […]

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Man Arrested In ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooting

Man Arrested In ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooting

By on August 13, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Clearwater, FL – In a case that led to protests and calls for revisiting Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, Pinellas County authorities Monday arrested Michael Drejka on a charge of manslaughter in the July 19 fatal shooting of a black man in the parking lot of a Clearwater convenience store. The shooting death of […]

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