The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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A judge recently tossed a potential class-action lawsuit that alleged the State of Florida discriminated against FAMU regarding funding and programs. The judge – U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle – stated that the plaintiffs representing FAMU did not meet certain requirements showing the disparities between other state schools and FAMU.

The latest reports show that Leon County lost 1,151 jobs in December when compared to last month. There were 160,762 people working in Leon County in December compared to last month’s revised employment number of 161,913.

The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) second cycle grant application process for the 2023-24 Bicentennial Special Event and Sports Grants is now open. Applications are due by Friday, February 16, 2024, at 5 p.m. This opportunity represents the ongoing effort to promote tourism and provide financial support for events that have a history of, or show potential to, attract out-of-town visitors to the area during the Bicentennial year.


In the Capital City Preps boys soccer Class 2A District 1 Championship, Community Christian defeated Port St. Joe, 2-1. In semi-final action, in Class 3A District 2, Florida High defeated Marianna, 3- 2 and Maclay defeated Hamilton County, 8-0. In Class 6A District 2, Chiles defeated Leon 3-1.

Former FSU football defensive end Jermaine Johnson was selected for the Pro Bowl. In the 2023 NFL season, Johnson’s second season in the pros, he started in each of the 17 regular season games for the Jets. In those games, he totaled 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and an interception, adding 11 tackles for loss and 16 QB hits.


A Florida bill that would lower the purchasing age for certain firearms passed through committee 11-5 yesterday. The bill would reduce the minimum age requirements from 21 to 18. Since the sale of a handgun by an FFL to a person under 21 years of age remains prohibited under federal law, a person under 21 would not be able to purchase a handgun from an FFL in Florida. A companion bill in the Senate has yet to be filed.

With the full House ready to take up a bill that would loosen work restrictions for 16- and 17-year-old youths, the Senate began moving forward Tuesday with a proposal that would not be as far-reaching.

Looking ahead to Spring, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed Florida’s sheriffs to “do what you need to do” in order to keep peace and order during March’s Spring Break. “I know it’s not the same concern in every part of the state, but we’ve seen some of the things that have happened in other parts of Florida. I mean, we’ve seen things in Miami Beach. We have resources available. We want to work proactively with the local jurisdictions,” DeSantis said.


New York City police officers will be required to record the apparent race, gender and ages of most people they stop for questioning under a law passed Tuesday by the City Council, which overrode a veto by Mayor Eric Adams.

Syphilis cases in the US have risen to the highest level since the 1950s, according to new data on sexually transmitted infections released yesterday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The US saw 203,500 syphilis cases in 2022 (the last year for which data are available), up 17% from 2021 and nearly 80% from 2018. See an overview of syphilis here.

US stock markets close mixed (S&P 500 -0.1%, Dow +0.4%, Nasdaq -0.8%); Wall Street awaits Fed’s interest rate decision today (More).

UPS to cut 12,000 jobs, reports 7% drop in total shipping volume in Q4 (More).


2 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, January 31, 2024"

  1. Age based restrictions on U.S. citizens need to have some consistent definition / explanation.

    It used to be that the argument was that if you’re old enough to join the military you’re old enough to vote and/or buy alcohol. Now the argument seems to be that if you’re 18, 19, or 20 you’re old enough to carry a gun for your country, but not to exercise the Constitutionally guaranteed right to carry a guy to defend yourself and your family.

    By extension, I consider the “rights” of a college student to vote as overstated. There’s really no difference between a high school senior and a college freshman. No real life experiences, no adult responsibilities, no self reliance, etc. Deciding the direction of this country should be coupled to having left the family teat and making some effort to be a self-supporting adult.

  2. When it comes to Hand Gun ownership / Possession, I will almost bet that the number of those UNDER 21 having a Handgun comes close to the number of those 21 and Over having a Handgun.

    I think the Work restrictions for 16- and 17-year-old youths should stay the same.

    “officers will be required to record the apparent race, gender and ages of most people they stop for questioning”. ……………………… The part about noting “Gender” in their Reports is going to be very interesting……….LOL.

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