Florida Ag Commissioner seeks ideas from Israel trip

U.S. 05/16/19, 17:56

While Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis takes a large entourage of business leaders through Israel, the state's Democratic agriculture commissioner will take her own course through the country.The idea isn't to boost exports of Florida fruit and vegetables, but rather to import ideas that can help Florida farmers."My main mission ...

Florida lawmakers push FBI to name counties hacked by Russia

U.S. 05/16/19, 12:41

Members of Florida's congressional delegation said Thursday it was unacceptable that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will not publicly identify the two counties where Russian hackers gained access to voter databases before the 2016 election.A bipartisan group of lawmakers said after a classified FBI briefing that they ...

DeSantis: Russians accessed 2 Florida voting databases

U.S. 05/14/19, 12:57

Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday. DeSantis said the hackers didn't manipulate any data and the election results weren't compromised. He and officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement ...

Florida governor signs bill for new private school vouchers

U.S. 05/09/19, 15:35

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law a bill creating a new voucher program for thousands of low- and middle-income students to attend private and religious schools using taxpayer dollars traditionally spent on public schools.The $130 million Family Empowerment Scholarship program was a top priority for the ...

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 private and didn't issue a statement afterward. But he previously ...

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 who say Republicans are adding hurdles that don't reflect the ...

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 Democrats opposed, shortly after it cleared the Senate by a ...

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 to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign ...

Florida lawmakers pass bill to create 3 new toll highways

U.S. 05/01/19, 12:24

Florida is on the fast track to building three new major toll highways in mostly rural areas under a bill sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis by the state House on Wednesday despite concerns over their potential negative impact on the environment. The bill, passed on a 76-36 vote, creates task forces ...

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 to authorize the $130 million Family Empowerment Scholarship program after ...

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 27-13 in favor of the bill to create a prescription ...

Budget leads major issues in Florida Legislature’s last week

U.S. 04/27/19, 11:40

The Florida Legislature careens into its final scheduled week with a host of major issues still to be settled, including a roughly $90 billion state budget that is the only bill lawmakers are required to pass.House Speaker Jose Oliva said an agreement on the budget should be reached by Tuesday, ...

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 violation of civil law, including travel expenses in Costa Rica ...

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 to suspend Scott Israel as Broward County sheriff earlier this ...

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 from his position as Broward County sheriff was consistent with ...

Florida House Democrats: The spending levels were far too low

U.S. 04/04/19, 15:38

The Florida House on Thursday passed its $89.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, setting the stage for negotiations to begin with the Senate on a final state spending plan. The vote was 105-8 for the Republican-crafted plan, with the handful of no votes coming from Democrats. ...

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 appointed Attorney General Ashley Moody to chair the statewide task ...

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 at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, over a laptop alongside ...

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 January was a top priority. DeSantis also announced the state ...

Florida mulls clemency for FBI informant ‘White Boy Rick’

U.S. 03/13/19, 09:49

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Clemency Board are considering early prison release for a man known as "White Boy Rick," once one of the FBI's youngest informants and the subject of a recent Hollywood movie. The board on Wednesday heard the case of Richard Wershe Jr., 49, who's imprisoned in ...

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