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Kevin J.Thibault Selected as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation

January 18, 2019 - 4:15pm
Kevin J. Thibault

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Kevin J. Thibault, P.E., former southeast regional senior vice president of TranSystems Corporation, will serve as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Thibault has extensive experience in the private and public sectors, and has previously served for many years at FDOT, the governor said.

FPL: We Will Make Florida a World Leader in Solar Energy by 2030

January 17, 2019 - 6:00am
FPL battery storage

Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) announced Wednesday a "groundbreaking '30-by-30' plan" to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030, a feat that will make Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy.

JMI Announces Launch of New Policy Center

Marco Rubio Champions Pro-Life Bills in the Senate

January 15, 2019 - 3:30pm

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a proposal making it a federal crime for a doctor to knowingly perform an abortion on an out-of-state minor without parent consent. 

Mary Barzee Flores Appointed Nikki Fried's Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs

January 15, 2019 - 6:00am
Mary Barzee Flores

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced the appointment Monday of Mary Barzee Flores as deputy commissioner of consumer affairs. 

Rubio Elected Chairman of Senate Small Business Committee

January 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, now Florida's senior senator, released the following statement today after his Republican colleagues elected him to be chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship for the 116th Congress:

DeSantis' Inaugural Promise: 'We Resolve to Leave Florida to God Better than We Found It'

January 8, 2019 - 4:15pm
Ron DeSantis takes a ceremonial oath of office.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida's 46th governor, was formally sworn into office Tuesday during an inauguration ceremony outside the Old Capitol. Here is his inaugural address, as prepared for delivery:


Mr. Chief Justice, Senator and Mrs. Scott, members of the Cabinet and fellow citizens:

I take the helm of the ship of state as a Florida native, a veteran of our nation’s military, conscious of my own deficiencies, mindful of the great trust that has been placed in me and thankful for so many of you who have prayed for me.

Florida Delegation Pushes to End Oil Drilling Off Florida Coast

January 8, 2019 - 2:15pm
Kathy Castor and Vern Buchanan

Several members of the Florida congressional delegation teamed up on Tuesday to unveil a proposal permanently banning oil drilling off the coast of Florida in the Gulf. 

Attorney General-Elect Ashley Moody Announces Statewide Prosecutor

January 8, 2019 - 6:00am
Nick Cox

Florida Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody on Monday named Nicholas B. Cox as Florida’s statewide prosecutor. Moody picked Cox after reviewing applications forwarded by the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and interviewing finalists. Cox is Florida’s current statewide prosecutor and with his appointment will continue his role overseeing the Office of Statewide Prosecution. 

VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors Appoints Dana Young Its New President and CEO

January 8, 2019 - 6:00am
Dana Young
VISIT FLORIDA announced in a press statement Monday the appointment of Dana Young as its new president and CEO. The announcement was made following a unanimous vote of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors during an afternoon meeting. Young will assume her new role on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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