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City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to Serve on HART Board

HART CEO Benjamin Limmer announced, "I am honored to welcome Mayor Castor to our Board of Directors. Mayor Castor's presence and leadership will shape the opportunity HART has to provide innovative and sustainable transportation solutions for decades to come.  Mayor Castor will be an asset to the HART Board of Directors and to the organization as a whole."
 

DeSantis Signs Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/SB 426 Firefighters Friday, granting certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer.  (See photo below.)
 

Rubio, Scott Introduce Tax Relief Bill for Florida's Fishing Industry

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced the Fishing Equipment Tax Relief Act on Thursday, legislation that would create excise tax fairness for potable, electronically-aerated bait containers to be the same as the parts used to assemble it. The tax code currently penalizes small businesses that manufacture these bait containers by applying the 3 percent rate if the parts are sold separately, but the 10 percent tax rate if the product is sold assembled.
 

At the 11th Hour, House and Senate Agree on a $90 Billion 2019 Budget

Reaching a $90 billion budget deal late Tuesday night, the House and Senate look likely to finish the 2019 Florida legislative session on its 60th and final scheduled day.
 
The state Constitution mandates the budget be published and made available to lawmakers 72 hours before a final vote by both chambers can occur.

Andrew Gillum Will Pay a $5,000 Ethics Fine

Andrew Gillum's ethics hearing took months to get under way, but on Wednesday when it was due to begin, it was already done and dusted.
 

President Trump's Re-election Campaign Under Way in Seminole County

President Donald J. Trump's re-election bid is already visible in Florida.
 
Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, will headline the 2019 Seminole GOP’s first Trump Day Dinner May 9 at the Lake Mary Marriott. 
 

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Florida Opioid Litigation

Attorney General Ashley Moody marked another victory in the legal battle to hold the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers, distributors and sellers responsible for their role in the national opioid crisis. Following a hearing in Pasco County Tuesday, Circuit Judge Declan Mansfield denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the state’s litigation. 
 

Rubio Expresses Nation's Loss after U.S. Small Business Chief McMahon's Resignation

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement Friday regarding the announcement that U.S. Small Business Administrator (SBA) Linda McMahon will be stepping down:
 

Lenny Curry Powers to Victory in Jax, No Runoff Needed

Despite a four-candidate field and a bitter race, Mayor Lenny Curry easily won re-election Tuesday. The former chairman of both the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) and the Duval County GOP took 58 percent of the vote, leaving fellow Republican Anne Brosche a distant second with 24 percent.
 

Senate President Bill Galvano's Comments on Opening Day of the 2019 Legislature

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, offered the following comments Tuesday as part of his address to the Senate marking the opening day of the 2019 Legislative Session.
 
“In many ways, when we convene in this hallowed chamber, we are building the future. While this session may only last for two months, the work we do may affect millions of Floridians for years to come.
 

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