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DeSantis Appoints Darryl Taylor Superintendent of Calhoun County Schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced the appointment of Darryl Taylor as superintendent of the Calhoun County School District.
 
“Superintendent Taylor is an outstanding choice for Calhoun County,” said Sen. Bill Montford. “He has had a long and distinguished career in the district and will continue to provide crucial leadership and committed service to the students. The entire community will be well served by Superintendent Taylor.”
 

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DeSantis, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Talk Timber Recovery During Friday Roundtable

Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met in a roundtable discussion at the Florida Governor’s Mansion to discuss the recovery of Florida’s agriculture and timber industry from the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The governor and secretary were joined at the roundtable by elected officials and stakeholders from throughout the state of Florida. 
 

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DeSantis Makes Five Judicial Appointments

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the appointments of Tesha Ballou to the Eighteenth Circuit Court, Stephanie Silver and Zachary James to the Miami-Dade County Court, Charles Young to the Escambia County Court and Anthony Salem to the Duval County Court.
 

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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."
 

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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.)
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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.
 

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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. 
 

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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. 
 

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