News Service of Florida

Senate Poised To Take Up Major Education Bill

Senate Poised To Take Up Major Education Bill

By on April 23, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate is slated Wednesday to take up a wide-ranging education bill that includes creating a new voucher program and revamping the controversial Best and Brightest teacher-bonus program. Expanding school choice is a priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the Senate bill (SB 7070) includes creating a voucher program that would be […]

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State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In March

State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In March

Tallahassee, FL – Florida’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from February to March, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. The 3.5 percent jobless mark represents 360,000 Floridians out of work from a workforce of 10.3 million, an increase of 3,000 listed as unemployed from February to March. The state unemployment […]

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Underground Power Lines Bill Gets Support

Underground Power Lines Bill Gets Support

By on April 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A proposal that could spur more underground power lines in Florida continued moving forward Thursday (April 18th), with the issue now ready to go to the full House and Senate. The House Commerce Committee unanimously approved the House version (HB 797), which would create a new process for utilities to pass along costs to […]

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Florida House Backs More Hurdles For Ballot Initiatives

Florida House Backs More Hurdles For Ballot Initiatives

By on April 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida residency would not be a requirement to collect petition signatures for proposed constitutional amendments, but House members moved forward Thursday with a measure that critics say would make it harder to pass citizens’ initiatives. The measure (HB 7111), approved in a 15-8 vote by the State Affairs Committee, would require petition-gatherers […]

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More FL Medical Marijuana Licenses On Horizon

More FL Medical Marijuana Licenses On Horizon

By on April 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – State health officials are preparing to revamp the application process for medical-marijuana businesses, with the hope of issuing up to seven new licenses before the end of the year, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office told The News Service of Florida on Thursday. The state Office of Medical Marijuana Use is expected to withdraw […]

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State Officials Deny Russian Hacking In Mueller Report

State Officials Deny Russian Hacking In Mueller Report

By on April 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of State said it was unable to verify part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report released Thursday that said a Russian intelligence agency gained access to at least one Florida county-government computer network. “Upon learning of the new information released in the Mueller report, the department immediately reached out […]

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Vegetable Gardens Move To Florida House Menu

Vegetable Gardens Move To Florida House Menu

By on April 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A bill that would prevent local governments from regulating homeowners’ vegetable gardens is headed to the House floor. The State Affairs Committee, in a 20-3 vote Thursday, backed the proposal (HB 145), which stems from a legal dispute in which a Miami Shores couple fought an ordinance that banned front-yard vegetable gardens. The couple had […]

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Justices Reject Plan For Halifax Hospital In Deltona

Justices Reject Plan For Halifax Hospital In Deltona

By on April 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Just a day after the state House weighed in on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a public-hospital system’s plan for a new hospital in western Volusia County. Justices, in a 14-page decision, unanimously ruled that the Halifax Hospital Medical Center taxing district did not have legal authority to […]

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Armed Teachers Plan Clears Florida Senate Hurdle

Armed Teachers Plan Clears Florida Senate Hurdle

By on April 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A little more than a year ago, the idea of allowing armed teachers in classrooms nearly scuttled school-safety legislation hurriedly crafted in the wake of the horrific mass shooting at a Parkland high school that left 17 students and staff members dead. But now, a sharply divided state Senate is prepared to […]

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FL Senate Panel OK’s Hands-Free Devices For Drivers

FL Senate Panel OK’s Hands-Free Devices For Drivers

By on April 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Motorists could only use hands-free wireless devices while moving on Florida roads under a Senate proposal approved Wednesday. The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to support the proposal (SB 76), which is aimed at preventing texting while driving and other types of distracted driving. The approval came after sponsor Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, […]

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