News Service of Florida

DeSantis Pursues New School Voucher Program

DeSantis Pursues New School Voucher Program

By on February 15, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he wants to create a new “equal opportunity” voucher program to eliminate a waiting list of about 14,000 low-income students seeking to use state-backed scholarships to attend private schools. The governor is asking lawmakers to create a “supplement” to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, the state’s […]

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Florida Lawmakers Grapple With Felons’ Voting Rights

Florida Lawmakers Grapple With Felons’ Voting Rights

By on February 15, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – With an eye on averting a “nightmare scenario” on Election Day, state House members Thursday began delving into what many state officials are calling ambiguities in a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote for most felons who have completed their sentences. The amendment, approved by 64 percent of Florida voters […]

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Florida Honors Parkland Victims On “Solemn Day”

Florida Honors Parkland Victims On “Solemn Day”

By on February 15, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Outside the Florida Capitol, a bell tolled 17 times Thursday morning in somber recognition of the one-year anniversary of the state’s deadliest school shooting. Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife, Casey, led a moment of silence for the victims of last year’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School before traveling to […]

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Florida Lawmakers Consider “Advanced” Birth Centers

Florida Lawmakers Consider “Advanced” Birth Centers

By on February 13, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – With a key senator saying hospitals can be “Petri dishes” for infections, lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would increase the number of options for pregnant women who are seeking out-of-hospital deliveries. Despite concerns about safety and potential effects of competition on hospitals, the Senate Health Policy Committee this week […]

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Florida Lawmaker Committees OK Smoking Medical Weed

Florida Lawmaker Committees OK Smoking Medical Weed

By on February 13, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Patients could soon be allowed to smoke medical marijuana, but they’d have to purchase pre-rolled joints with filters, under a measure approved by a key House panel Tuesday. Committees in the House and Senate advanced legislation to nix Florida’s ban on smoking medical marijuana, following an ultimatum issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis […]

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Florida Senate Panel Approves Arming Teachers

Florida Senate Panel Approves Arming Teachers

By on February 13, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A Florida Senate panel tasked with shaping statewide education policies advanced a sweeping school-security package on Tuesday that would make it easier for school districts to participate in a controversial “guardian” program and would allow classroom teachers to be armed. The Senate Education Committee approved the proposal (SPB 7030) with a 5-3 […]

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Florida Plastic Surgeons Under Increased Scrutiny

Florida Plastic Surgeons Under Increased Scrutiny

By on February 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Orlando, FL – Florida’s plastic-surgery centers are under increasing scrutiny. Days after a state senator filed legislation to increase regulation of surgery centers, members of the Florida Board of Medicine agreed to revisit rules allowing liposuction in physicians’ offices. Board of Medicine Vice Chairman Hector Vila on Friday asked that the board reopen its rules […]

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Florida Democrat Says Colleague “Bullied” Her

Florida Democrat Says Colleague “Bullied” Her

By on February 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – House Speaker José Oliva has launched a workplace-harassment investigation after Rep. Anika Omphroy (left), a freshman lawmaker from Lauderdale Lakes, accused fellow Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (right) of intimidating her during Florida Democratic Party meeting over the weekend. In a letter to Oliva sent Monday, Omphroy said she was “bullied, threatened, […]

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Senators Weigh Weaker “Sanctuary Cities” Ban

Senators Weigh Weaker “Sanctuary Cities” Ban

By on February 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The years-long fight to ban so-called sanctuary cities is poised to pass a significant hurdle in the Florida Senate, after a key lawmaker agreed Monday to a watered-down version of the controversial bill. Following an hour of tearful testimony from undocumented immigrants and their children, Senate Judiciary Chairman David Simmons postponed a […]

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Sports Stadiums Strike Out On Florida Money

Sports Stadiums Strike Out On Florida Money

By on February 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers are taking another run at eliminating an unused pool of sales-tax dollars intended for building and improving professional sports facilities. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, with little comment Monday, backed the latest proposal (SB 414) by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, to repeal a controversial 2014 program that — despite […]

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