News Service of Florida

FL Senate Staying Out Of Fight For Snipes’ Job

FL Senate Staying Out Of Fight For Snipes’ Job

By on December 13, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate considers the resignation of controversial Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes final and will not wade into a dispute about whether she should keep her job. Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, discussed the issue with senators Thursday after Snipes moved to rescind the resignation. “We view her resignation as […]

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Rates Likely To Rise For Almost All Citizens Customers

Rates Likely To Rise For Almost All Citizens Customers

By on December 13, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. approved a plan Wednesday that would raise residential insurance rates by an average of 8.2 percent starting in September, with the hikes hitting almost all customers of the state-backed insurer. Members of the Citizens Board of Governors expressed regret about the planned rate increases but […]

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New Rules Loom For Shark Fishing In Florida

New Rules Loom For Shark Fishing In Florida

By on December 12, 2018 in News Service of Florida

St. Augustine, FL – Using chum to attract sharks in waters used by beachgoers, surfers and divers is closer to being banned in Florida, despite concerns the change will further squeeze out “blue collar” angling. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed Wednesday to place a number of shark-fishing changes on its February agenda, […]

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Democrats Want More FL Supreme Court Candidates

Democrats Want More FL Supreme Court Candidates

By on December 12, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The 17 members of the Florida Senate Democratic caucus sent letters to Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, urging them to call on a nominating commission to expand a list of proposed new justices for the state Supreme Court. The letters came after the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission […]

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Hukill Remembered In FL Senate Memorial Service

Hukill Remembered In FL Senate Memorial Service

By on December 12, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida senators recalled a late colleague who mixed an assertive nature with a quick wit, as lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to begin preparing for the 2019 legislative session. While many House members focused on learning the basics of being a legislator, the Senate held a brief memorial service for […]

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Citizens Pitches Insurance Rate Hikes

Citizens Pitches Insurance Rate Hikes

By on December 11, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – With the state-backed insurer blaming costly water-damage claims in South Florida, residential customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could see an average 8.2 percent rate increase next year, according to a new proposal. The proposal, which would take effect in September 2019, will go before the Citizens Board of Governors during a meeting […]

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More Students Look To Bright Futures

More Students Look To Bright Futures

By on December 11, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – More Florida students are taking advantage of beefed-up scholarship programs that help pay for tuition, fees and books at state universities and colleges. The number of students using Bright Futures scholarships, the state’s main merit-based aid program, is now projected to grow by 5.7 percent this academic year for a total of 99,483 […]

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“Champion For Deregulation” To Lead Regulatory Agency

“Champion For Deregulation” To Lead Regulatory Agency

By on December 11, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, furthering his links to state House leaders, has tapped a lawmaker he called a “champion for deregulation” to oversee the agency that handles licenses and regulations for a wide range of fields, including the gambling industry. Rep. Halsey Beshears, a Monticello Republican who was recently named to run the […]

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Palm Coast Republican Takes 2020 Re-Election Step

Palm Coast Republican Takes 2020 Re-Election Step

By on December 11, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Paul Renner, a Palm Coast Republican in line to eventually become House speaker, and three other House members have joined the growing list of lawmakers planning 2020 re-election bids. Renner, who is likely to become speaker in 2022, opened a campaign account last week as the first step toward defending his District […]

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Former FL House Speaker Nominated For Education Commissioner

Former FL House Speaker Nominated For Education Commissioner

By on December 7, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Signaling that he will be open to the expansion of non-traditional school programs, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he wants former House Speaker Richard Corcoran to be the state’s next education commissioner. DeSantis, the newly elected Republican governor, said he will ask the state Board of Education to appoint Corcoran, who […]

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