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By John Haughey, The Center Square A Florida House panel Thursday approved a proposed bill to establish a minimum arrest age of 7-years-old unless the child commits a “forcible felony.” … more
Florida Legislature 2021 By Trimmel Gomes, Florida News Connection The pressure is on for states such as Florida to expand Medicaid, currently now missing out on billions of health-care … more
The Florida Legislature 2021 HB 1455 clears its first hurdle By Reggie Connell, Managing Editor Medical Marijuana might be losing a little of its sizzle if HB 1455 makes it through the … more
Have you ever seen a Florida panther? They’re sleek and secretive apex predators who slip around in the twilight and full dark seeking deer and hogs to eat. more
By John Haughey, The Center Square Lawmakers want to close at least one of Florida’s 50 prisons but Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Mark Inch is warning consolidation and budget cuts … more
COVID-19 Relief, Budget, Beverage Code, Sewer Funding, and Economic Development all part of the comprehensive policy goals set for local legislators From the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce … more
Four new Florida mass-vaccination sites will be opening within the next two weeks, in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa By Danielle J. Brown, Florida Phoenix Governor Ron DeSantis on … more
By Laura Cassels, Florida Phoenix Nearly 60,000 Americans, including 1,954 Floridians named here , were killed in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the 1950s, 1960s,and 1970s during the Vietnam War. … more
Opinion By Diane Dimperio/Chair, Health Care Action Team, Florida League of Women Voters The good news is that Florida will not have a five-billion-dollar deficit in the fiscal year that … more
By Laura Cassels, of the Florida Phoenix Dogs trained to detect signs of COVID-19 infection will be in Florida’s capital city next week demonstrating their skills at the state’s Emergency … more
By John Haughey of The Center Square President Donald Trump supporters are expected to rally in Tallahassee against President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, but the Florida Department of Law … more
By John Haughey | The Center Square With states scrambling for revenue to boost pandemic-stressed budgets, it’s a good bet a raft of sports gambling bills will be approved by lawmakers across … more
"With 1,350 miles of coastline, relatively low elevations, and communities built largely on top of former swampland, Florida remains particularly vulnerable to the risk of flooding caused by sea … more
Focus on the Legislature By John Haughey | The Center Square There are at least 300 million cell phones in use in the United States – 96 for every 100 people – and the Pew Research … more
By John Haughey | The Center Square Florida will continue full funding for remote instruction for the state’s 2.9 million K-12 students next semester as a continuing pandemic alternative to … more
Focus on the Legislature By John Haughey | The Center Square With the pre-filing period for bills ahead of Florida's 2021 legislative session beginning this week, two controversial … more
The FDOH’s update from Nov. 8-14 reported 3,146 new COVID-19 cases in Florida schools – 2,397 K-12 students, 209 teachers, 109 staff and 314 “other” cases; and 749 cases among students, … more
Focus on the Legislature By John Haughey | The Center Square With a week to go before Election Day, battles over three of the six proposed constitutional amendments on Florida’s ballot … more
By John Haughey | The Center Square Florida earned the nation’s third-highest score in K-12 student achievement, but because the state ranked 41st in school financing, its education system got … more
By John Haughey | The Center Square Leon County Judge Charles Dodson has struck down as “arbitrary and capricious” Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s order that withholds … more
Until the FL-DOE standards and protocols for dealing with outbreaks are developed, FL Education Commissioner Corcoran suggested districts should quarantine only portions of classes or students who … more
By John Haughey | The Center Square Florida’s largest teachers union filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Florida Department of Education’s mandate that all schools reopen next month and … more
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Orange County School Board meets today, July 14 at 12:30pm, and will vote on if, when and how they will reopen in a way that follows local health department guidance. Melissa Byrd, … more
Florida TaxWatch reiterated call to lawmakers to secure a renewed gaming compact with the Seminoles that could generate another $700 million annually Focus on the Legislature By John … more
By John Haughey | The Center Square Florida has spent $208 million in its coronavirus response, but the spread of COVID-19, particularly in south Florida, is straining medical resources and … more
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