News Service of Florida

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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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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