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Thanks to that first Earth Day, we got the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and a bunch of other environmental regulations. We also got the EPA. more
As average temperatures rise across the U.S., heat illness is a growing safety and health concern for workers indoors and outdoors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that environmental heat exposure claimed the lives of 36 workers in 2021 and 56 in 2020. more
The report is trumpeted as a first-of-its-kind study showcasing how the 18 million acres of the Wildlife Corridor, which runs throughout the entire state, ease the worst impact of climate change. more
The new law, HB 433, which takes effect on July 1, forbids the state or its political subdivisions from requiring any protections not mandated by state or federal law, even for their own contractors. more
The simplified filing process could eventually save Florida taxpayers more than $530 million in filing fees every year. more
Pittman: "This is the third time some wildcatter has asked to cosplay Jed Clampett, hoping to find some a-bubblin’ crude in the wilds of North Florida. Oil, that is — Texas Tea!" more
The governor’s office cited reports from retailers estimating losses as high as $112 billion during 2022, with hot spots in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. more
While adult recreational cannabis is now legal in 24 states, not all of those measures were passed by voters via the ballot box. more
The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Advisory Council has approved a new premium reimbursement formula to help alleviate the burden on insurance companies operating in Florida. more
he groups have penned two separate letters in recent days to the governor, who received the bill (HB 433) on Tuesday from the Legislature. more
Toll relief began April 1 and will save some commuters who frequently drive through toll plazas hundreds of dollars over the course of a year after the state has promised to reimburse 50% of those toll costs back to drivers. more
The official ballot summary allows adults 21 years or older to possess, purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal consumption. more
The Florida Museum of History attracts 55,000 people a year to view its 46,800 artifacts — or rather, it did until 2022, when it closed for repairs. more
If the Supreme Court does approve the language, Floridians will vote on the measure in November. If approved with 60% of the vote, the measure would go into effect in May 2025. more
The new law (HB 3) bars access to social media accounts for kids under age 13, with access to 14- and 15-year-olds allowed with parental consent. more
We should always celebrate water in Florida. We’re surrounded on three sides by the stuff. It’s a major tourist attraction, and right now, water is worth a lot of money. Friday marks World Water Day. I feel bad about this, but I just know I’m going to be late sending out Water Day cards this year. But we can … more
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Wednesday that will prohibit cities and counties from allowing individuals and families to sleep and camp on public property. more
The program is called Direct File, and Florida is one of 12 states chosen to participate in the initial pilot program. It stems from a provision of President Joe Biden’s 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. more
Over 34 years, a minimum of $800 million has been transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, with FY 2023 exceeding $1 billion for the 21st consecutive year, according to the report. more
Despite the increase in the number of people enrolled in Medicaid, Florida removed more than 3,000 fewer people from the program, according to the February report. more
Some Florida lawmakers have proposed bills requiring everyone who employs outdoor workers to educate them about heat illness and provide workers with adequate drinking water, access to shade, and 10-minute recovery breaks in extreme heat. more
Hoping to alleviate the problem, lawmakers agreed to put $12,261,444 for the call center in the state budget for 2024-25, but Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to sign off on it, and he can veto various budget items. more
Farmworkers got scorched yesterday by the passage of SB 1492, a bill that preempts local governments from passing even the most basic workplace protections. more
Florida insurance premiums cost homeowners an eye-watering $6,000 a year. That’s more than triple the national average. more
These lucrative land deals are supposed to preserve the property in perpetuity. But Kimberly Buchheit, a Central Florida land surveyor and environmental activist, told me, “Perpetuity has reached an expiration date: as soon as it is no longer convenient to protect land or restrict development.” more
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