News Service of Florida

Justices Reject Challenges To FPL Solar Projects

Justices Reject Challenges To FPL Solar Projects

By on June 14, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The state Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a business group’s challenge to a decision that allowed Florida Power & Light to recoup money from customers for a series of solar-energy projects. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the Florida Public Service Commission, which in 2017 approved FPL’s plan to recover […]

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DeSantis Signs Health Insurance Changes

DeSantis Signs Health Insurance Changes

By on June 13, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday (June 12th) signed into law a bill that could lead to a revamp of the health-insurance program for state employees. The measure (HB 1113) authorizes the state Department of Management Services to analyze current contracts with health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations and prescription drug programs and […]

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Appeals Court Weighs Major Education Law

Appeals Court Weighs Major Education Law

Tallahassee, FL – Appearing skeptical of arguments made by school boards, an appeals court Tuesday waded into a challenge to the constitutionality of a 2017 state law that seeks to boost charter schools. Numerous school boards across the state filed two lawsuits contending that the law infringed on their rights to operate school districts. One […]

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Democrats Rally Support, Grapple With Problems

Democrats Rally Support, Grapple With Problems

By on June 10, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Orlando, FL –Florida Democrats are making plans to win the crucial battleground state in 2020, but during a flurry of forums this weekend, intraparty tensions were often more apparent than enthusiasm. “We are going to turn into Alabama if we don’t get our act together,” said Sean Shaw, the 2018 Democratic nominee for attorney general […]

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House Seeks To Defend Medical Marijuana Law

House Seeks To Defend Medical Marijuana Law

By on June 4, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – As court battles continue about whether the state is properly carrying out a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, the Florida House is again trying to weigh in. House attorneys Friday gave notice that they will appeal a Leon County circuit judge’s ruling that blocked the House from intervening in […]

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Airbnb Removed From State Sanctions List

Airbnb Removed From State Sanctions List

By on May 30, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Airbnb has been removed from the state’s list of “scrutinized” companies. The change was announced Thursday, days after Gov. Ron DeSantis, while traveling in Israel, said Florida should lift economic sanctions on the home-sharing platform. DeSantis made the comments after Airbnb reversed course on a move to delist about 200 West Bank […]

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More Mental-Health Treatment Sought For Children

More Mental-Health Treatment Sought For Children

Tallahassee, FL – Florida has an estimated 400,000 children who need behavioral health services, but 55 percent of them don’t get any treatment, members of a health-care panel were told Thursday. That translates to 220,000 children across the state, or about one child in every classroom, health official Jeffrey Brosco told members of the Florida […]

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Seven Ballot Initiatives To Watch

Seven Ballot Initiatives To Watch

By on May 21, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers this month approved a controversial bill that is expected to make it harder to put citizens’ initiatives on the ballot. The bill (HB 5) would place additional restrictions on gathering the hundreds of thousands of petition signatures needed to reach the ballot. For 2020 ballot proposals, supporters need to submit […]

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Questions Linger After Hacking Revelation

Questions Linger After Hacking Revelation

By on May 17, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and other members of Florida’s congressional delegation on Thursday backed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statement that election records in two unidentified counties were hacked by Russians during the 2016 campaign. But questions continue to linger. Scott, who was governor from 2011 to early this year, said in a statement […]

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DeSantis Calls For Pre-K Improvements

DeSantis Calls For Pre-K Improvements

By on May 16, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Pointing to a new report showing 42 percent of children who participated in the state’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program were not ready for kindergarten, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday directed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to come up with a plan for improvements. “A 42 percent failure rate is simply not defendable and certainly […]

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