Florida governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

U.S. 05/08/19, 19:46

More Florida teachers will be eligible to carry guns in the classroom under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday that immediately implements recommendations from a commission formed after the Parkland high school mass shooting. DeSantis signed the bill in ...

Felon voting bill goes to Florida governor amid outcry

U.S. 05/03/19, 18:53

Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that would implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The bill, though, caused outrage among Democrats ...

Legislature sends governor GOP ban on sanctuary policies

U.S. 05/02/19, 19:28

The Florida Legislature sent Gov. Ron DeSantis a high-profile Republican bill on Thursday banning sanctuary policies that protect undocumented immigrants and requiring law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The bill passed the House on a 68-45 vote with ...

Florida lawmakers pass bill allowing more armed teachers

U.S. 05/01/19, 18:54

More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school. The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday to send the bill ...

Florida lawmakers approve new private school voucher bill

U.S. 04/30/19, 13:41

Florida lawmakers sent Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican-crafted bill Tuesday to create a new voucher program for students to attend private and religious schools using taxpayer dollars traditionally spent on public schools. The GOP-led House voted 76-39 largely along party lines ...

Florida lawmakers pass bill for Canadian drug importation

U.S. 04/29/19, 20:29

Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper Canadian prescription drugs under a measure the state Legislature sent Monday to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who made it one of his top priorities. With minimal debate, the GOP-led House voted 93-20 and the Senate ...

Ex-Florida gov candidate Gillum in hearing on lobbyist gifts

U.S. 04/24/19, 00:04

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum faces an administrative hearing Wednesday over allegations he improperly accepted gifts from lobbyists.The state Ethics Commission says it found probable cause in January to believe that Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, accepted gifts in ...

Florida Supreme Court rules against Parkland sheriff

U.S. 04/23/19, 16:02

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor claimed he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting.Florida's highest court agreed Tuesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority ...

Judge rejects lawsuit from sheriff fired in Florida shooting

U.S. 04/04/19, 16:25

A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Florida sheriff whom Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended after accusing him of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting.Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes ruled that DeSantis' executive order removing Scott Israel ...

Florida governor announces task force on opioid crisis

U.S. 04/01/19, 08:37

Gov. Ron DeSantis is re-establishing Florida's office of drug control and creating a drug task force on drug abuse to combat the opioid epidemic. DeSantis made the announcement in Sanford Monday morning, saying "substance abuse is a serious public safety concern." He ...

DeSantis gets some schooling on coding, computer science

Tech 03/19/19, 10:17

Gov. Ron DeSantis got a little bit of schooling on coding and computer science.The Republican governor took part Tuesday in an event promoting computer skills in Florida schools. DeSantis spent a few minutes huddling with 16-year-old Emily Perez, a sophomore ...

Florida governor signs smokable medical pot bill into law

U.S. 03/18/19, 16:38

Florida's ban on the use of smokable medical marijuana by eligible patients ended Monday when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill repealing it.The Republican governor's signature on the first legislative bill he has approved since taking office in ...

Parkland shooting: Suspended sheriff sues Florida governor

U.S. 03/07/19, 11:13

The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting filed suit Thursday seeking his job back and alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons.Suspended Broward County Sheriff ...

Florida Gov. DeSantis to lawmakers: Be bold on big issues

U.S. 03/05/19, 13:50

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave an anti-tax, pro-environment State of the State address Tuesday, asking lawmakers to be bold as they tackle issues like education, school safety and health care.It was as much a recap of his whirlwind first ...

Florida governor wants grand jury to investigate schools

U.S. 02/13/19, 18:03

Saying that parents remain frustrated with school officials' responses to last year's Valentine's Day massacre, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are following laws enacted in the wake of ...

Judge won’t end decades-old Everglades cleanup oversight

U.S. 02/11/19, 18:55

A federal judge on Monday refused to end a decades-old court order that oversees water quality and environmental restoration in the sensitive Florida Everglades.Miami U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno rejected a motion by the South Florida Water Management District to ...

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