Florida Lawmakers Propose ‘Constitutional Carry’

Florida Lawmakers Propose ‘Constitutional Carry’

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Calling the proposal an effort to “remove the government permission slip,” House Speaker Paul Renner on Monday announced legislation that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without licenses. Renner, R-Palm Coast, was flanked by Republican lawmakers and county sheriffs who backed the 63-page proposal, […]

Grand Jury Seeks to Curb Immigrant Releases

Grand Jury Seeks to Curb Immigrant Releases

By The News Service of Florida A statewide grand jury is urging lawmakers to curb the releases of undocumented immigrants from county jails. A presentment released Friday alleged that a law has been “intentionally and flagrantly abused,” resulting in the release of inmates who had been held in county jails under detainers issued by U.S. […]

Vouchers Expansion Takes First Step

Vouchers Expansion Takes First Step

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A proposal that would massively expand eligibility for school vouchers began moving forward Thursday in the Florida House, with the Republican sponsor touting it as a way to provide “customized” education and Democrats questioning its lack of income requirements. The House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee […]

Lawmakers Eye Oversight of Local Utilities

Lawmakers Eye Oversight of Local Utilities

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida House members Tuesday raised the possibility of giving state regulators more oversight of municipal utilities. Members of the House Energy, Communications & Cybersecurity Subcommittee repeatedly touched on the issue as they received presentations about the Florida Public Service Commission and the state Office of […]

Debate Builds Over African American Course Rejection

Debate Builds Over African American Course Rejection

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Saying that an African-American studies course “lacks educational value,” Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is defending its rejection of the curriculum, while Black religious leaders and elected officials are pledging to “fight like hell” against the decision. Black lawmakers, religious leaders and local elected officials are […]

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Gun Law

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Gun Law

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In a case stemming from the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a state law that threatens stiff penalties if local officials pass gun-related regulations. The 5-1 ruling was a blow to […]

Judge Blasts DeSantis But Dismisses Warren Lawsuit

Judge Blasts DeSantis But Dismisses Warren Lawsuit

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — While finding that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren violated the law, a federal judge on Friday grudgingly ruled that he lacked the power to reinstate the twice-elected Democrat. Warren filed a lawsuit after DeSantis issued the suspension in an […]

Universities Spend Millions on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Universities Spend Millions on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Some Florida universities are spending millions of dollars on programs and other expenses related to diversity, equity and inclusion — as Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration target “trendy ideology” on campuses. Chris Spencer, director of DeSantis’ Office of Policy and Budget, in a Dec. […]

DeSantis, Cabinet Approve Land Deals that Could Aid Wildlife Corridor

DeSantis, Cabinet Approve Land Deals that Could Aid Wildlife Corridor

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday approved $17.8 million in land-conservation deals that include protecting two properties that are part of an envisioned wildlife corridor stretching from the Keys to the Panhandle. With support growing for the corridor, which is expected to […]

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