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Florida Appeals Court Upholds Insurance Records Exemption

Florida Appeals Court Upholds Insurance Records Exemption

Florida – An appeals court Friday upheld the constitutionality of a law creating a public-records exemption for certain insurance information, overturning a ruling by a circuit judge who said the law was overbroad and didn’t adequately detail a need for the exemption. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in an eight-page decision, […]

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Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate In June

Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate In June

Florida – The Republican Party of Florida, partnering with Fox News, announced Thursday that a nationally televised debate among the party’s gubernatorial candidates will be held June 28 in Orlando. State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis are among the announced Republican candidates to succeed outgoing Gov. Rick Scott. State House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land […]

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Florida Jobless Rate Continues To Hold Steady At 3.9%

Florida Jobless Rate Continues To Hold Steady At 3.9%

Florida – Florida’s jobs picture showed little change through the first quarter of 2018, with the unemployment rate holding at 3.9 percent in March — the same as it has been since December, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. The March unemployment rate, better than the national mark of 4.1 percent, […]

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Raschein, Henry (D-Daytona Beach) Draw Primary Challenges

Raschein, Henry (D-Daytona Beach) Draw Primary Challenges

Florida – As they seek re-election this year to the Florida House, Key Largo Republican Holly Raschein and Daytona Beach Democrat Patrick Henry face primary challenges. Jose Felix Peixoto, a Key Largo Republican, opened a campaign account this week to run against Raschein in House District 120, which includes Monroe County and part of Miami-Dade County, […]

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Corrections Agency Backed On Substance Abuse Contracts

Corrections Agency Backed On Substance Abuse Contracts

Florida – An administrative law judge Friday rejected a challenge to decisions by the Florida Department of Corrections to award two contracts for substance-abuse treatment services in state prisons. Judge Darren Schwartz, in a 41-page recommended order, said a protest by GEO Reentry Services, LLC should be dismissed. The department in January said it planned to […]

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Florida Colleges & Universities Wary Of Dual-Enrollment Change

Florida Colleges & Universities Wary Of Dual-Enrollment Change

Florida – State colleges could face higher costs after a new law revamped the dual-enrollment program for students at private high schools who take courses at public colleges and universities. Dual enrollment is an increasingly popular program that allows students from grades six through 12 to take post-secondary courses that help them complete high school as well […]

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Florida Judge Rejects Challenge To Controversial School Law

Florida Judge Rejects Challenge To Controversial School Law

By on April 20, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Rejecting arguments of school boards across the state, a Leon County circuit judge this week formally rejected a challenge to a controversial 2017 law that included a series of moves to boost charter schools. Circuit Judge John Cooper, who had earlier indicated he would turn down the challenge, issued an 18-page ruling Tuesday siding with […]

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Gov. Rick Scott Medicaid Numbers Come Under Fire

Gov. Rick Scott Medicaid Numbers Come Under Fire

By on April 19, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – When it comes to health-care math, sometimes the numbers don’t add up for Florida Gov. Rick Scott. As Scott’s administration this week submits a request to the federal government to trim the amount of time people have to apply for Medicaid coverage, the state’s estimate of $98 million in savings associated with the change has […]

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Democratic Candidates For Governor Square Off In 1st Debate Of The Campaign

Democratic Candidates For Governor Square Off In 1st Debate Of The Campaign

By on April 19, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times, and only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, relies on his hometown paper to find out what’s going on in the world. The insight into who’s reading what […]

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State Linking Bans On Oil Drilling, Vaping Draws Criticism

State Linking Bans On Oil Drilling, Vaping Draws Criticism

By on April 18, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Florida’s leading oil and gas lobbyist is brushing up on electronic cigarettes and vaping. David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, called it “surreal” and “bizarre” to watch the Florida Constitution Revision Commission this week overwhelmingly approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would combine a ban on nearshore oil and gas […]

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