News Service of Florida

Tax “Holidays” Start Rolling In Senate

Tax “Holidays” Start Rolling In Senate

By on November 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Tax breaks on hurricane and back-to-school supplies, expected to be in the mix for any tax package lawmakers cook up during the 2020 legislative session, drew initial support Tuesday in the Florida Senate. The Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously backed separate measures that would offer a 10-day sales tax “holiday” on school […]

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Florida Wants Rehearing In “Fragile” Kids Case

Florida Wants Rehearing In “Fragile” Kids Case

By on November 5, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida is asking a full federal appeals court to take up a dispute about whether the U.S. Department of Justice can pursue a lawsuit against the state over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act — a case stemming from concerns about “medically fragile” children being placed in nursing homes. Lawyers […]

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Medicaid Health Plans Get Good Grades

Medicaid Health Plans Get Good Grades

By on October 31, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Most people enrolled in Florida’s Medicaid managed-care program give their health plans high grades, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. Beth Kidder, the state’s Medicaid director, told members of an advisory panel Wednesday that 77 percent of adults surveyed scored their Medicaid managed-care plans as an 8, 9 or […]

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U.S. Attorney Won’t Pursue Medical Marijuana Cases

U.S. Attorney Won’t Pursue Medical Marijuana Cases

By on October 25, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida’s medical marijuana laws should be enough to shield the growing industry from prosecution across northern Florida. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe of the Northern District of Florida said that while marijuana remains illegal under federal law, he will not waste resources on issues declared legal and regulated by the state. “The U.S. […]

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DeSantis Targets Money To Hurricane Recovery

DeSantis Targets Money To Hurricane Recovery

By on October 11, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Vowing that the state won’t forget hurricane-damaged Northwest Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday made his first use of a controversial economic-development program by saying money will go to a pair of roads tied to workforce housing in Bay County. Marking the one-year anniversary of Category 5 Hurricane Michael slamming into the […]

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Presidential Candidates A No-Show At Democratic Convention

Presidential Candidates A No-Show At Democratic Convention

By on October 8, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Democrats want to energize the party base and defeat President Donald Trump in 2020, yet for the second time this year the state party will hold a major gathering without presidential candidates taking part. The Florida Democratic Party has confirmed state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., […]

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“Fetal Heartbeat” Bill Filed For 2020 Season

“Fetal Heartbeat” Bill Filed For 2020 Season

By on October 4, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – State Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, will make a renewed attempt during the 2020 legislative session to pass a “fetal heartbeat” bill that would dramatically limit abortions in Florida. Hill this week filed a bill (HB 271) that would block physicians from performing abortions if fetal heartbeats have been detected. The proposal, filed […]

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McGhee Wants Compensation For Student-Athletes

McGhee Wants Compensation For Student-Athletes

By on October 1, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Fl – House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee wants college student-athletes in Florida to be able to cash in on their names and images, similar to a measure that California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday. McGhee, D-Miami, has filed a proposal (HB 251) for the 2020 legislative session that would allow Florida college […]

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Next House Speaker Tackles Spending, Climate Change

Next House Speaker Tackles Spending, Climate Change

By on September 19, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Moments after he was formally elected Tuesday to serve as Florida’s next House speaker, Palm Harbor Republican Chris Sprowls waded into issues such as bolstering the state’s finances and addressing climate change. And he made clear he doesn’t think much of social media and the goings-on in Washington, D.C. Sprowls, a 35-year-old […]

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Lawmaker Seeks To Raise Age For Vaping, Smoking

Lawmaker Seeks To Raise Age For Vaping, Smoking

By on September 16, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A state House member wants to increase the legal age for vaping and smoking tobacco from 18 to 21 in Florida. “As a mother of five myself, with children in both middle school and high school, this issue is alarming and urgent. Precious lives are at stake,” state Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, […]

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