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Senate Ups Budget to $1.8 Billion for Hurricane Michael Recovery

March 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Hurricane Michael aftermath, Panama City
The Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations Thursday released components of the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which bring the total state investment in Hurricane Michael Recovery to $1.8 billion.
 

The True Cost of Educating a K-12 Public School Student: TaxWatch Releases an Update

March 21, 2019 - 9:00am

A new report by taxpayer research institute 40-year-old Florida TaxWatch provides an update of the true average cost of educating a K-12 public school student in Florida. The government watchdog released a similar independent study in March 2017 that considered all categories of expenditures necessary for the operation of public schools.

'Will of the Voters' Be Done: DeSantis Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

March 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Ron DeSantis
Patients who get medical marijuana from their doctors will be able to smoke it legally, under a bill Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday.
 
DeSantis signed SB 182 “Medical Use of Marijuana” (Ch. 2019-1 SB 182, Laws of Florida). Additionally, he filed a joint motion to dismiss People United for Medical Marijuana v. Department of Health and to vacate the lower court decision which had held the prior law to be unconstitutional.
 

SFWMD Prepares for Deluge over Much of South Florida Tuesday

March 18, 2019 - 8:00pm
Rainfall totals as high as 4-6 inches are expected in major portions of the South Florida Water Management District's 16 counties on Tuesday, and SFWMD staff are preparing the system now by lowering canals to handle stormwater.
 
Watch the video on this page to see what the District is doing to get the regional flood control system ready to handle rainfall from the predicted upper level weather disturbance.
 

Ron DeSantis Starts in Tallahassee With Unemployment Rate at 3.4 Percent

March 11, 2019 - 2:00pm

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the unemployment rate in Florida fell to 3.4 percent in January. It had been 3.5 percent in December, the last full month that Gov. Rick Scott held office in Tallahassee. DeSantis took over at the start of the second week in January. 

DeSantis showcased the state outpaced the nation when it came to job growth in the past. While the nation saw 2.1 percent job growth last year, Florida saw 2.7 percent job growth. 

Brian Mast Co-Introducer on Legislation to End Deadly USDA Experiments on Kittens

March 8, 2019 - 10:30am

U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast, R-Fla. and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif. introduced on Thursday the bipartisan Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2019, or KITTEN Act. The bill directs the Secretary of Agriculture to end the use of cats in experiments that cause pain or stress. 

Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) performs parasite-related experiments on cats and kittens. This taxpayer-funded testing results in thousands of kittens bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat and then killed.

Sen. Rick Scott: Washington Seems to Have Given Up on Reforming Healthcare. I Don’t Accept That.

March 6, 2019 - 9:30am
Rick Scott

Following a roundtable discussion with Floridians and healthcare leaders to hear their personal stories of dealing with soaring prescription drug costs this week, Sen. Rick Scott spoke to the Federation of American Hospitals to share his commitment to finding common-sense solutions to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for Florida families.

Read his remarks as prepared for delivery below:

Rubio Names Hog Technologies of Stuart U.S. Senate's Small Business of the Week

March 5, 2019 - 12:00pm
Hog Technologies of Stuart

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Hog Technologies, of Stuart as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week.

Florida's senior senator released the following video message to congratulate the up-and-coming business. A broadcast quality version can be found here.

Florida Congressional Reps Urge Feds to Crack Down on Argosy University

February 28, 2019 - 4:15pm

With Argosy University, a proprietary school with campuses across the nation, failing to disperse financial aid funds to students, members of the Florida delegation are calling for action from the U.S. Department of Education. 

DeSantis Appoints Two More to the SFWMD Governing Board

February 28, 2019 - 9:00am
SFWMD HQ in West Palm Beach

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in Tallahassee Wednesday the appointments of John “Jay” Steinle and Scott Wagner to the board of the South Florida Water Management District. The appointments follow six previous appointments made by the governor to the board since taking office in January.

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