Sheriffs, Chiefs Could Choose Review Boards

Sheriffs, Chiefs Could Choose Review Boards

By The News Service of Florida Local law-enforcement review boards could be filled with appointees of sheriffs or police chiefs under a bill that was revised Tuesday by the Senate Community Affairs Committee. The bill (SB 576), sponsored by Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, initially sought to do away with existing civilian police-review boards and […]

DeSantis Backs Efforts to Get Homeless Off Streets

DeSantis Backs Efforts to Get Homeless Off Streets

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday supported legislation that seeks to prevent homeless people from sleeping in public places such as streets, sidewalks and parks, as a Senate committee moved forward with the proposal. “I think what we’re envisioning is providing some support for counties for […]

Judge Dismisses Disney Lawsuit

Judge Dismisses Disney Lawsuit

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis, a federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the state unconstitutionally retaliated against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts because of the company’s opposition to a controversial education law. U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor issued a 17-page ruling […]

Senators Back ‘Surgical’ Teen Work Changes

Senators Back ‘Surgical’ Teen Work Changes

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With the full House ready to take up a bill that would loosen work restrictions for 16- and 17-year-old youths, the Senate began moving forward Tuesday with a proposal that would not be as far-reaching. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a proposal (SB […]

House, Senate Budgets Top $115B

House, Senate Budgets Top $115B

By The News Service of Florida The Florida House and Senate on Friday released proposed budgets for the 2024-2025 fiscal year that top $115 billion — but would be less than the current year’s spending plan. The Senate proposal (SB 2500) totaled $115.9 billion, while the House proposal (PCB APC 24-01) came in just under […]

Florida Jobless Claims Dip

Florida Jobless Claims Dip

By The News Service of Florida First-time unemployment claims dropped in Florida after a brief post-holiday season increase. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 5,610 unemployment applications were filed last week in Florida, down from 7,103 during the week that ended Jan. 13. Last week’s total was similar to the state’s 5,697 weekly […]

DeSantis Message: ‘Stay the Course’

DeSantis Message: ‘Stay the Course’

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — With his presidential campaign in the background, Gov. Ron DeSantis used his annual State of the State address Tuesday to tout Florida’s accomplishments — while offering few new details of priorities for the 2024 legislative session. DeSantis’ speech in the state House chamber formally launched […]

Evan Power Tapped to Replace Ziegler as GOP Chair

Evan Power Tapped to Replace Ziegler as GOP Chair

BY Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The state Republican Party’s executive committee Monday removed embattled Chairman Christian Ziegler and elevated Vice Chairman Evan Power to lead the party as the 2024 election year gets underway. Power said after the meeting the party is “moving forward.” While acknowledging a pause in fundraising, […]

Lawmakers Seek Disney District Redo

Lawmakers Seek Disney District Redo

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Orange County lawmakers Friday backed a longshot proposal that could essentially return to the Walt Disney Co. control of a special taxing district that was revamped after Gov. Ron DeSantis got into a feud with the entertainment giant. In a voice vote, members of the […]

10 Big Issues in the 2024 Session

10 Big Issues in the 2024 Session

BY Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers will start the annual 60-day legislative session on Jan. 9, with Gov. Ron DeSantis giving his State of the State address. Here are 10 issues to watch during the session: — ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: As access to artificial intelligence continues to expand, lawmakers are […]

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