News Service of Florida

Morgan Moves Forward With Minimum Wage Drive

Morgan Moves Forward With Minimum Wage Drive

By on January 22, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Orlando, FL – After spearheading efforts to pass a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, Orlando attorney John Morgan said Tuesday he is moving ahead with a ballot drive aimed at gradually raising Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Morgan said a group he leads has collected more than 120,000 petition signatures, […]

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Ron DeSantis Fills Final Florida Supreme Court Seat

Ron DeSantis Fills Final Florida Supreme Court Seat

By on January 22, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In the final step in reshaping the Florida Supreme Court, Governor Ron DeSantis (blue suit on left) names Carlos Muniz (behind podium) to the high court. DeSantis made that announcement this morning (January 22nd), streaming it live on his Facebook page. DeSantis has appointed three justices since taking office Jan. 8 in […]

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State Jobless Rate Steady Amid Hurricane Recovery

State Jobless Rate Steady Amid Hurricane Recovery

Tallahassee, FL – Florida’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.3 percent as 2018 ended, while Hurricane Michael’s impact continued to be felt in parts of the Panhandle. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday an estimated 335,000 Floridians were out of work in December from a labor force of 10.28 million, keeping the state mark […]

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State, Plaintiffs Ask Court To Put Pot Case On Hold

State, Plaintiffs Ask Court To Put Pot Case On Hold

By on January 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Lawyers representing both sides in a lawsuit over the state’s ban on smoking medical marijuana have asked an appeals court to put the case on hold while they work out an agreement. The notice was filed at the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday gave […]

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Florida Governor Presses Lawmakers For Pot Changes

Florida Governor Presses Lawmakers For Pot Changes

By on January 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Saying they failed to heed the will of voters, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Florida lawmakers Thursday to eliminate a ban on smokable medical marijuana and, if they don’t comply, threatened to drop the state’s appeal of a court ruling that found the prohibition ran afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment. DeSantis, who […]

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New Bill Could Force Sales Tax Votes During General Elections

New Bill Could Force Sales Tax Votes During General Elections

By on January 17, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A trio of bills filed recently in Tallahassee could see students get off from serving on juries, force local governments to hold sales-tax votes during general elections and have organ donors get a free vehicle decal. BILL WOULD LET STUDENTS BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY Many full-time students in Florida could be […]

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60,000+ Signatures For Florida Utility Ballot Measure

60,000+ Signatures For Florida Utility Ballot Measure

By on January 17, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A political committee has submitted more than 60,000 valid petition signatures to the state Division of Elections as it tries to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that could revamp Florida’s electric utility industry. The committee Citizens for Energy Choices had submitted 60,880 signatures as of mid-day Tuesday, drawing closer to […]

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FPL Plans Major Solar Expansion By 2030

FPL Plans Major Solar Expansion By 2030

By on January 17, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Power & Light said Wednesday it plans a major expansion of solar-energy projects during the next decade, as the state’s utilities move forward with generating more renewable energy. FPL said it will install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030, with solar facilities expected to be built across the state. […]

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Changes Seek To Remove “Stigma” From Doctors

Changes Seek To Remove “Stigma” From Doctors

By on January 16, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Doctors often ask patients to fill out medical histories. But before being licensed in Florida, doctors have to divulge their own medical histories to the state, including disclosing whether they have been treated for mental-health or substance-abuse disorders in the past five years. That could change soon. A committee of the Florida […]

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Florida Governor Targets Airbnb’s West Bank Policy

Florida Governor Targets Airbnb’s West Bank Policy

By on January 16, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Boca Raton, FL – Don’t expect Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to plan an Airbnb stay as part of his first foreign trip as the state’s top executive. The governor announced Tuesday that Florida employees will no longer be reimbursed for Airbnb stays while traveling, as the state considers economic sanctions over the home-sharing platform’s decision […]

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