DeSantis Signs Bill Targeting Police Boards, First Responder Harassment

DeSantis Signs Bill Targeting Police Boards, First Responder Harassment

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed measures that will prevent investigations of local law-enforcement officers by civilian review boards and prohibit “harassment” of first responders who are on duty. DeSantis said the review board measure (HB 601) will put the “kibosh” on certain communities that have stacked boards with activists. “They’re not free to use law […]

Florida Gas Prices Increase, Tallahassee Below State Average

Florida Gas Prices Increase, Tallahassee Below State Average

By The News Service of Florida Average gasoline prices in Florida were up 5 cents over the past week, with the lowest prices continuing in the Panhandle and the highest prices in parts of South Florida, according to the AAA auto club. Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said in an online […]

Judge Blocks Teacher Pronoun Restriction

Judge Blocks Teacher Pronoun Restriction

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Florida education officials from enforcing a law requiring a transgender teacher to use pronouns that align with her sex assigned at birth, saying the law violated her First Amendment rights. The 2023 law restricts educators’ use of personal pronouns […]

6 Issues on November Ballot

6 Issues on November Ballot

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With the state Supreme Court this week signing off on ballot initiatives about abortion rights and recreational use of marijuana, Floridians in November will vote on six proposed constitutional amendments. Passage of each proposal would require support from at least 60 percent of voters. Here […]

Disney, District Settle Lawsuit

Disney, District Settle Lawsuit

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District have reached a legal settlement that includes nullifying controversial development agreements that the entertainment giant entered with the former Reedy Creek Improvement District. The settlement was announced Wednesday and approved by the Central […]

Florida Jobless Rate Stays at 3.1 Percent

Florida Jobless Rate Stays at 3.1 Percent

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Florida’s unemployment rate held at 3.1 percent in February for the third consecutive month, even as job losses were posted in many industry sectors. The unemployment rate held as a growing labor force continues to counter the number of people who are out of work. The Florida […]

Realtors, Lodging Industry Clash on Vacation Rentals

Realtors, Lodging Industry Clash on Vacation Rentals

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A persistently contentious debate about regulating vacation rentals has escalated into a clash between two powerful industry groups after the Florida Legislature passed a measure that would significantly restrict how local governments can oversee the properties. The bill, finalized in the waning days of the […]

Social Media Bill Signed as Legal Fight Looms

Social Media Bill Signed as Legal Fight Looms

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With the state preparing for a legal challenge from the tech industry, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a high-profile bill aimed at keeping children off social-media platforms. “You better believe, I am going to fight like hell to uphold this in court,” Attorney General […]