News Service of Florida

Florida Senate Leader Targets “Sanctuary” Cities

Florida Senate Leader Targets “Sanctuary” Cities

By on February 11, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The long-shot efforts by Florida Republicans to ban so-called sanctuary cities in the state may have a better chance this year, as key GOP lawmakers align to push legislation that Gov. Ron DeSantis has promised to sign into state law. At the center of the current effort is Senator Joe Gruters, the […]

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New Trial For Man Convicted In Fatal DUI Death

New Trial For Man Convicted In Fatal DUI Death

By on February 8, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Daytona Beach, FL – An appeals court orders a new trial for a man convicted of drunken-driving charges in the April 2016 death of a Volusia County moped rider, finding that police failed to properly inform the man about the consequences of refusing to submit to a breath test. A panel of the 5th District […]

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Florida CFO Wants Banking Changes For Medical Weed

Florida CFO Wants Banking Changes For Medical Weed

By on February 8, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Citing a “tremendous safety threat,” Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is asking President Donald Trump to use his executive power to allow banks to do business with state-authorized medical marijuana companies. Medical marijuana has become a multibillion-dollar industry throughout the nation, but banks are shunning cannabis companies because pot remains illegal […]

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Florida Governor Wants New Teacher Bonus Program

Florida Governor Wants New Teacher Bonus Program

By on February 8, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Four years after lawmakers started a controversial teacher-bonus program, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to scrap the “Best and Brightest” program and plow nearly $423 million into a new effort to reward teachers and principals. I’m proud to announce a renewed investment to recruit and retain the best, most dedicated educators for […]

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GOP Race Taking Shape For Santiago Seat

GOP Race Taking Shape For Santiago Seat

By on February 7, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Volusia County, FL – With Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, facing term limits next year, a Republican primary appears likely in his district. DeBary Republican Erika Benfield opened a campaign account this week in Volusia County’s House District 27, according to the state Division of Elections website. Benfield made the filing just days after Deltona Republican Webster […]

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School Safety Changes Proposed As Parkland Anniversary Nears

School Safety Changes Proposed As Parkland Anniversary Nears

By on February 7, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A week before the Parkland school-shooting anniversary, top Republican leaders in the Florida Senate have proposed plans to overhaul school-safety measures and expand a controversial program that allows school personnel to carry guns, a proposal that has overshadowed Democrats’ efforts to move away from arming school staff. State Republican leaders, including Gov. […]

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Florida House Balks At Pot Smoking Ban Repeal

Florida House Balks At Pot Smoking Ban Repeal

By on February 7, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida House leaders have rolled out a proposal that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana, but only after going through what one critic called a “bureaucratic mess of red tape.” The House proposal, released Tuesday afternoon, would require doctors get the approval of a “case review panel” before they could order […]

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New Florida Cannabis Chief Sees Potential In Hemp

New Florida Cannabis Chief Sees Potential In Hemp

By on February 7, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Saying hemp is poised to be a “multibillion-dollar industry in the state,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Wednesday appointed the state’s first cannabis czar. Fried, a Democrat elected in November who made increasing access to medical marijuana one of the cornerstones of her campaign, tapped Holly Bell, a former banker, to serve […]

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Loan Repayment Program Pitched For Florida Dentists

Loan Repayment Program Pitched For Florida Dentists

By on February 6, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida dentists could qualify for up to $250,000 in student-loan repayments under a bill filed Tuesday by Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater. The bill (SB 716) is a priority for the Florida Dental Association and would establish the Dental Student Loan program at the Florida Department of Health. It would seek to provide […]

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Florida Supreme Court Rejects Minimum-Wage Case

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Minimum-Wage Case

By on February 6, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In the first major demonstration of an ideological shift on the revamped Florida Supreme Court, justices Tuesday refused to consider an appeal in a Miami Beach minimum-wage lawsuit that a former liberal-leaning majority of the court had scheduled to hear next month. The move by the now-conservative majority was a victory for […]

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