News Service of Florida

Florida, Other States Say Generic Drug Firms Conspired

Florida, Other States Say Generic Drug Firms Conspired

By on May 14, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Alleging a conspiracy that has increased drug prices, Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Monday that Florida has joined states across the country in a massive anti-trust lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers. Florida is one of 43 states and Puerto Rico taking part in the lawsuit filed in federal district court in Connecticut […]

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Lawmakers Eye Change In Divvying School Money

Lawmakers Eye Change In Divvying School Money

By on May 9, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – A long-controversial part of the state’s formula for distributing money to public schools could be headed toward a change. Lawmakers on Saturday passed a budget-related bill (SB 2502) that requires taking steps to revamp what is known as the “District Cost Differential,” a key factor in divvying up money among school districts. […]

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DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers

DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers

By on May 9, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed legislation that expands the controversial school “guardian” program to allow armed classroom teachers. DeSantis’ office announced the signing shortly after 6 p.m. without ceremony or comments about the bill, which was widely backed by House and Senate Republicans and heavily opposed by gun-control activists, Democrats and […]

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Gun Control Groups Seek “Guardian” Bill Veto

Gun Control Groups Seek “Guardian” Bill Veto

By on May 8, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – About a dozen activists with two gun-control advocacy groups dropped off a stack of papers with 13,000 signatures at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office Tuesday as they urged him to veto a bill that would allow armed classroom teachers. Emma Hanley, a Tallahassee high-school junior who volunteers with Students Demand Action for Gun […]

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DeSantis To Sign Felons’ Voting Measure

DeSantis To Sign Felons’ Voting Measure

By on May 8, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will sign a controversial measure that would require repayment of financial obligations before felons’ voting rights are restored. “I’ll sign it,” DeSantis said while at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to discuss environmental issues from the legislative session that ended […]

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Drug Importation Fight Moves To Washington

Drug Importation Fight Moves To Washington

Tallahassee, FL – The battle over whether to allow state programs and Floridians to have access to prescription drugs imported from Canada has already been waged in the Legislature, but it is now shifting from the halls of Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. One week after state lawmakers gave final approval to create international drug-importation programs, […]

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Pot Firms Seek To Open More Storefronts

Pot Firms Seek To Open More Storefronts

By on May 7, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Two medical marijuana operators want the state to give them the same treatment as Florida’s largest medical-cannabis firm, after health officials allowed Quincy-based Trulieve to open more dispensaries than a state law allowed. Trulieve challenged a limit on the number of storefronts that was included in a 2017 law aimed at carrying […]

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School “Guardian” Expansion Goes To DeSantis

School “Guardian” Expansion Goes To DeSantis

By on May 2, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Republican lawmakers on Wednesday gave final passage to a wide-ranging school safety bill that would allow classroom teachers to be armed, reversing a decision made last year after the mass school shooting in Parkland. Despite backlash from Democrats, the Republican-dominated House passed legislation (SB 7030) that would expand the controversial school “guardian” […]

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Texting And Driving Ban Heads To Governor

Texting And Driving Ban Heads To Governor

By on April 30, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Law enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving on Florida roads, under a bill now headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis. With a vote of 108-7, the House on Monday passed a compromise measure (HB 107) that blends a ban on texting and driving with a requirement that motorists […]

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Lawmakers Sign Off On Health Care Changes

Lawmakers Sign Off On Health Care Changes

By on April 30, 2019 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Legislature on Monday approved a far-reaching bill that would affect how health care is delivered. The bill (HB 843), which was passed unanimously by the House and Senate, would establish a student-loan repayment program for dentists willing to work in medically underserved areas and in public-health programs. The bill also would […]

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