News Service of Florida

DeSantis Taps Democrat As Florida’s Next Disaster Manager

DeSantis Taps Democrat As Florida’s Next Disaster Manager

By on December 7, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has tapped state Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Broward County Democrat who serves as general counsel for a major disaster-recovery contractor in South Florida, to oversee the state’s response to natural and man-made emergencies. In a press release announcing the appointment Thursday, DeSantis, a Republican who was endorsed by President […]

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Groups Say FPL Should Be Required To Refund Money

Groups Say FPL Should Be Required To Refund Money

By on December 6, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In a high-stakes case, attorneys for consumers and two business groups are asking state regulators to require Florida Power & Light to refund as much as $736 million to customers and are calling for a review of the utility’s base electric rates. The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in […]

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Nuñez: Nursing Home, ALF Backup Power An “Ongoing Discussion”

Nuñez: Nursing Home, ALF Backup Power An “Ongoing Discussion”

By on December 6, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The incoming administration of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis may tinker with one of Gov. Rick Scott’s signature acts, pushed in response to Hurricane Irma. Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez told The News Service of Florida that a law requiring long-term care providers to have generators and a 72-hour supply of fuel on-site may need […]

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Concealed-Weapons Permit Process Lacked Oversight

Concealed-Weapons Permit Process Lacked Oversight

By on December 6, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A follow-up report on the handling of the state’s concealed-carry permitting process pointed to a lack of management oversight by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, but the agency claims it is addressing the issues. The examination of the department’s handling of the permitting program, issued Wednesday by state Auditor General […]

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Elections Supervisors Seek Answers On Amendment 4

Elections Supervisors Seek Answers On Amendment 4

Sarasota, FL – Florida officials don’t have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of felonies, state Division of Elections director Maria Matthews told county elections supervisors Tuesday. Amendment 4, approved by nearly 65 percent of voters last month, “automatically” […]

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Florida GOP Chairman Will Not Seek A New Term

Florida GOP Chairman Will Not Seek A New Term

By on December 5, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia said Tuesday that he will not seek another term as chairman of the Florida Republican Party. “After much consideration, I have decided to not run for a third term as RPOF Chairman,” Ingoglia said in a statement released by the party. “Many people dream of going out on top, […]

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Former Hukill Aide Sponsors Financial Literacy Bill

Former Hukill Aide Sponsors Financial Literacy Bill

Tallahassee, FL – A former aide to late Florida Senator Dorothy Hukill makes her first official House bill about a cause that her old boss was passionate about. District 26 State Representative Elizabeth Fetterhoff (left) filed a proposal this week dubbed the “Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act”, also known as House Bill 73. The […]

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Stewart Steps Down As FL Education Commissioner

Stewart Steps Down As FL Education Commissioner

By on December 5, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said Tuesday that she will be stepping down from her post on Jan. 8. The decision, announced in a letter to state Board of Education members, marks a reversal from late October when Stewart reached agreement with the board to remain for another year. “It is with […]

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Rick Scott Will Finish Out Term As Florida Governor

Rick Scott Will Finish Out Term As Florida Governor

By on December 5, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday that he will serve out his full second term under an arrangement that will lead to a five-day delay in the Republican joining the U.S. Senate next month. The 116th Congress, which includes the U.S. House and Senate, will start on Jan. 3. But Scott, who […]

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Florida Joins Group Urging Gun Makers To Be ‘Responsible’

Florida Joins Group Urging Gun Makers To Be ‘Responsible’

By on December 4, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida has joined a coalition of major pension funds and investment companies that have adopted a set of principles aimed at encouraging gun manufacturers and retailers to act responsibly. Ash Williams, executive director of the State Board of Administration, which oversees the state pension fund and other investments, said the agreement carries […]

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