House Vote-By-Mail Proposal Gets Overhaul

House Vote-By-Mail Proposal Gets Overhaul

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A controversial elections bill focused largely on the state’s vote-by-mail process underwent an overhaul Thursday in the Florida House, but critics say it still poses unnecessary barriers to voters. The revamped proposal, which addresses issues such as the use of mail-in ballot drop boxes and […]

Police Officers Get ‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections

Police Officers Get ‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Siding with a union that represents law-enforcement officers, a state appeals court on Tuesday unanimously decided that a constitutional amendment expanding victims’ rights can shield the identities of police officers who were threatened in use-of-force incidents. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 1st […]

State Gets Revenue Bump in February

State Gets Revenue Bump in February

By The News Service of Florida As state lawmakers await updated projections that will help build next year’s state budget, they received a little more good news Tuesday, as monthly revenue collections continue to outpace expectations. The Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research reported February general-revenue collections came in $298.5 million above a forecast […]

Online Sales Tax Plan Backed in Florida Senate

Online Sales Tax Plan Backed in Florida Senate

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida The Florida Senate on Thursday approved a proposal that would require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes, with the money slated to be used to help Florida business owners avoid increases in unemployment taxes. In a 30-10 vote, the Senate backed the proposal (SB 50), which […]