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DeSantis' Continuing Wave of Popularity Is Lifting Trump in Florida, Says FAU Poll

March 29, 2019 - 7:45am
Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to ride a wave of popularity among Florida voters, who also support many of his public policy priorities, including the importation of prescription drugs from Canada to reduce costs to Floridians and the creation of a task force to reduce the impact of harmful algae blooms, according to a statewide survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI). 

Florida Carry Sues Miami Beach over Police Action against 'Legally Armed' Fishermen

March 27, 2019 - 5:00pm
Miami Beach police officer on South Pointe Pier, July 24, 2018

A lawsuit for deprivation of civil rights under color of law and violations of Florida firearms and fishing laws was filed Wednesday against the City of Miami Beach and officers of its police department. The action was over an incident in which the officers assaulted, battered, and detained law-abiding fishermen at a Florida Carry fishing meetup on the South Pointe Fishing Pier on June 24, 2018, according to Florida Carry. 

The incident was captured on video, available on this page.

Report Details Continued Growth in AOBs ... Thanks to a Handful of Busy Attorneys

March 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

State law intended to benefit insurance policyholders continues to generate an ever-increasing windfall for trial lawyers and the repair vendors who hire them, according to a newly updated report released today by the Florida Justice Reform Institute.

The report uses data from the Florida Department of Financial Services' Service Of Process database, updated through 2018, to show the widespread growth of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) lawsuits.

House Memorial Urges Congress to Make Florida Home to U.S. Space Force

March 26, 2019 - 2:45pm

House Memorial 1281 by Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Cocoa, passed the first of its two committees of reference with unanimous support today. The memorial requests Congress to approve the creation of the United States Space Force and the establishment of the Space Force and United States Space Command in Florida. It follows a recent White House proposal by President Donald Trump, and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call for the Space Force to be headquartered in Florida.

Keeping $200 Million Coming for Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades a Major Scott Priority

March 26, 2019 - 7:15am
Rick Scott in Naples Monday

Sen. Rick Scott visited the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples Monday to highlight his Fighting for Florida budget agenda, which includes a more than $200 million investment to protect Lake Okeechobee and the Florida Everglades.

NRCC Targets Debbie Mucarsel-Powell on Mueller Report

March 25, 2019 - 2:30pm
Debbie Mucarsel Powell

With the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) looking to take down U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., next year, the GOP is looking to make the Mueller report an issue in her South Florida district. 

On Monday, the NRCC pointed to a tweet Mucarsel-Powell posted in 2017 in which she insists there was collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump and called for his impeachment. 

Unemployment Rose to 3.5 Percent in Florida in February

March 22, 2019 - 12:15pm
Ron DeSantis
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the unemployment rate in Florida rose slightly to 3.5 percent in February. It had been 3.4 percent in January. DeSantis took over at the start of the second week in January from then Gov. Rick Scott.  
 
DeSantis showcased the state outpaced the nation when it came to job growth. While the nation saw 1.9 percent job growth last month, Florida saw 2.7 percent job growth. 
 

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.
 

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