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Judge: Lawmakers 'Defied' Conservation Amendment Language

June 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.

Backroom Briefing: Two Terms and Out the Door?

June 14, 2018 - 1:15pm
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott has made imposing congressional term limits a priority of his U.S. Senate campaign. But if elected, it appears he might loosely impose such a limit on himself until the rules he wants are in place.

Lobbyists Face New Requirements at Citizens

June 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
Jimmy Patronis and Barry Gilway

With Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis pointing to more “transparency,” lobbyists who represent clients at the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will have to comply with a new registration process.

Florida Citrus Season Limps to a 'Horrible' Close

June 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida’s citrus industry experienced its worst growing season since World War II as the hurricane-battered harvest is now essentially complete.

The latest forecast numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show no change in the past month for orange production, which is off 34.7 percent from the prior growing season. Meanwhile, grapefruit production has fallen another 1.8 percent from a May forecast, coming in at half of what was picked in the prior growing season and at its lowest level in nearly a century.

Water Policy Key for Next Agriculture Commissioner

June 11, 2018 - 12:15pm
Maintaining Florida’s water supply, while balancing the growing needs of residents, farmers, tourists and businesses, is a priority for the candidates seeking to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
 

Putnam: Criminal Background Checks Conducted on Every Concealed Weapon Application

June 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
Adam Putnam

Democrats and gun-control advocates took aim Friday at Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam after the Tampa Bay Times reported that a former employee of Putnam’s agency failed for more than a year to conduct national background checks on applications for concealed weapons licenses.

Backroom Briefing: 'Rocky' Ready for Another Round

June 7, 2018 - 12:45pm

California didn’t work out for U.S. Senate candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente. But there’s always Florida.

Regulators Back Plan to Buy Vero Beach Utility

June 5, 2018 - 4:30pm

State utility regulators Tuesday approved Florida Power & Light’s acquisition of a city-run utility, overriding a staff proposal that could have scuttled the deal.

Jane Doe Divides Attorney General Candidates

June 4, 2018 - 3:30pm
Republicans running to replace Attorney General Pam Bondi disagree with her legal stand against a 19-year-old Alachua County woman who wants to remain anonymous in a National Rifle Association challenge to a new state gun restriction.
 

All Aboard Florida/Brightline Gets More Time to Sell Bonds

June 1, 2018 - 6:00am

Brightline received a seven-month extension Thursday to sell $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds for the expansion of the controversial passenger train line to Orlando.

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