News Service of Florida

Mail-In Ballots Top 500,000 Across State

Mail-In Ballots Top 500,000 Across State

By on October 18, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Voting in the Nov. 6 general election has already surpassed the half-million mark. Numbers posted Wednesday morning by the Florida Division of Elections show 554,350 people had cast vote-by-mail ballots. Also, the latest figures came as a number of counties hit hard last week by Hurricane Michael — Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, […]

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Supreme Court Details Clash Over Education Ballot Measure

Supreme Court Details Clash Over Education Ballot Measure

By on October 18, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After saying last month that it was blocking a controversial education measure from the November ballot, the Florida Supreme Court has released details of the ruling that show sharp differences about a proposal that one justice said would have brought a “monumental” change to the state Constitution. Justices, in a 4-3 decision, said […]

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Scott Seeks Backing On Medical Marijuana Appeal

Scott Seeks Backing On Medical Marijuana Appeal

By on October 18, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – With a 5 p.m. Friday deadline looming, Gov. Rick Scott has sought support from legislative leaders before appealing a Tallahassee judge’s order that critics say would create pandemonium in the state’s medical-marijuana industry if allowed to stand. Responding to Scott’s request, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, incoming Speaker Jose Oliva and other Republican House […]

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Justices Reject Challenge To Three Ballot Measures

Justices Reject Challenge To Three Ballot Measures

By on October 17, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Though one justice wrote that voters should “beware,” the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge to three proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot — including a measure that seeks to ban offshore oil drilling and vaping in workplaces. Justices overturned a ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers that […]

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More Oversight Planned At UCF After Improper Spending

More Oversight Planned At UCF After Improper Spending

By on October 17, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – After the University of Central Florida improperly paid for building projects, the university system’s Board of Governors is moving forward with a plan that will require more oversight of so-called “carry-forward” funds that universities, unlike most state agencies, are allowed to accumulate. Syd Kitson, chairman of the board’s Budget and Finance Committee, […]

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University Performance Funding Set For Changes

University Performance Funding Set For Changes

By on October 17, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida university leaders want to revise the system’s performance-funding model, looking to eliminate a dreaded “bottom three” that annually denies state money to the lowest-performing schools. In this academic year, Florida A&M University, the University of North Florida and New College of Florida missed out on shares of $265 million in state performance […]

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Election Changes Urged In Storm-Ravaged Areas

Election Changes Urged In Storm-Ravaged Areas

By on October 17, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux, who serves as president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, wants the state to consider changes for the general election — from emailed vote-by-mail ballots to combining precincts — to help people directly affected by Hurricane Michael. Noting polling places may not be […]

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Detzner Waiting To Consider Possible Election Changes

Detzner Waiting To Consider Possible Election Changes

By on October 16, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahasse, FL – Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Monday he’s waiting for requests from elections supervisors in hurricane-ravaged counties before considering any changes for the Nov. 6 election. “The department is in regular communication with supervisors of elections in affected counties, and they are still in the process of assessing potential damage to early-voting and […]

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Florida Supreme Court: New Governor Will Fill Vacancies

Florida Supreme Court: New Governor Will Fill Vacancies

By on October 15, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The next governor, and not Gov. Rick Scott, has the authority to appoint three new justices to the Florida Supreme Court, the court ruled Monday. Scott, who will leave office in January and is running for U.S. Senate, had repeatedly asserted the right to appoint replacements for justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred […]

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Gambling Measure Backers Spend Nearly $8.5 Million

Gambling Measure Backers Spend Nearly $8.5 Million

By on October 15, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A political committee backing a ballot measure that would make it harder to expand gambling in Florida spent another $8.48 million during the first week of October, with almost all of the money going to advertising, a new finance report shows. The committee Voters In Charge had spent an overall total of $30.567 […]

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