Court Rejects Challenge to Armed School “Guardians”

Court Rejects Challenge to Armed School “Guardians”

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Three years after a mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led lawmakers to pass a major school-safety bill, an appeals court Thursday rejected a challenge to allowing armed “guardians” on campuses. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld […]

DeSantis Administration Pushes for “Job Growth” Money

DeSantis Administration Pushes for “Job Growth” Money

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — As state lawmakers face a revenue shortfall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration says a request for $50 million for business incentives wouldn’t have that large of an impact on the upcoming budget. Adam Callaway, director of strategic business development at the Department […]

Vote-By-Mail Change Sparks Debate in Florida Senate

Vote-By-Mail Change Sparks Debate in Florida Senate

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After Florida has received widespread praise for its handling of the 2020 election, Republicans and Democrats clashed Tuesday as a Senate committee approved a bill that would require voters to more frequently request vote-by-mail ballots. Senate Ethics and Elections Chairman Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican […]

Business Liability Protections Delayed in Senate

Business Liability Protections Delayed in Senate

By Christine Sexton, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A scheduled committee vote on a high-profile bill that would protect businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits was delayed Monday after the measure’s primary sponsor, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, was delayed in another meeting. Senate Commerce and Tourism Chairman Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, told The News […]