News Service of Florida

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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House Gets Green Light To Join Marijuana Fight

House Gets Green Light To Join Marijuana Fight

By on September 16, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A state appeals court on Friday allowed the Florida House of Representatives to intervene in a lawsuit that could upend the state’s medical marijuana system. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal paved the way for the House to enter a lawsuit filed by Florigrown, a […]

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Moody Tries To Scuttle Marijuana Amendment

Moody Tries To Scuttle Marijuana Amendment

By on September 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Attorney General Ashley Moody wants the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana, saying the measure would be misleading to voters. The political committee Sensible Florida, Inc., has submitted 89,229 valid petition signatures to the state — enough to trigger a review of the proposed […]

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Vaping-Linked Lung Problems Surface In Florida

Vaping-Linked Lung Problems Surface In Florida

By on September 12, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – VAPI. It isn’t the latest internet slang. It’s an acronym for what health officials are calling “vaping associated pulmonary injury.” It has potentially affected 450 people in 33 states, including Florida, and caused five deaths as of Friday, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bureau of Tobacco […]

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Education Officials Eye School Safety, Mental Health

Education Officials Eye School Safety, Mental Health

By on August 8, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools and ensure that charter schools are meeting safety requirements. Addressing mental health issues and hardening schools have been two high-profile education issues in […]

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