House, Senate Launch Budget Talks

House, Senate Launch Budget Talks

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With two weeks left in the legislative session, the Florida House and Senate began formal negotiations Friday night on what could be a record $100 billion state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, and House […]

Biden Taps Graham for Education Post

Biden Taps Graham for Education Post

President Joe Biden announced Friday that he plans to nominate former Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham to serve as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education. Graham, an attorney, represented the Tallahassee area and other parts of North Florida in the U.S. House from 2015 to 2017 and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018. […]

House Plan on Police Standards Moves Forward

House Plan on Police Standards Moves Forward

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A bipartisan proposal to add hiring standards and bolster use-of-force training for police and correctional officers began moving forward Thursday in the House. With the measure deemed a starting point for further talks, the Judiciary Committee unanimously supported the proposal (PCB JDC 21-01) by Rep. […]

DeSantis Assails YouTube COVID-19 Video

DeSantis Assails YouTube COVID-19 Video

By Christine Sexton, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday railed against YouTube and Google for removing a video of a COVID-19 discussion he had with scientists who oppose government lockdowns, school closures and mask wearing, calling it “censorship.” The ramped-up criticism by the Republican governor came as lawmakers try […]

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