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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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Abortion Parental Consent Bill Passes Florida House

Abortion Parental Consent Bill Passes Florida House

By on April 18, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – In a proposal that likely would lead to another court battle over abortion, the Florida House late Wednesday approved a bill that would require minors to obtain parental consent before they could have abortions. Lawmakers debated the bill for more than three hours before voting 69-44 to pass the measure (HB 1335). […]

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Florida Legislature Moves Forward With Tax Plans

Florida Legislature Moves Forward With Tax Plans

By on April 17, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A $102.4 million tax-relief package is ready to go to the House floor, despite Democratic objections Tuesday about part of the plan that would spread local voter-approved tax dollars to charter schools. Meanwhile, a business-backed tax overhaul had an easier time advancing in the Senate, with the proposal including a move to […]

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FPL Storm Costs, Tax Cuts Spark Debate

FPL Storm Costs, Tax Cuts Spark Debate

By on April 17, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After more than an hour of arguments Tuesday, state regulators next month will decide a high-stakes battle stemming from Florida Power & Light’s costs to restore power after Hurricane Irma and a federal tax overhaul that has saved the utility hundreds of millions of dollars. The state Office of Public Counsel, which […]

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