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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.

New Institute Forms to Focus on School, Workplace Safety in Florida

February 28, 2019 - 9:00am

The Florida Chamber of Commerce, with educators, human resource experts and law enforcement leaders, unveiled Wednesday the Institute for a Safer Florida (ISF) to focus its energy and expertise on enhancing school and workplace safety.

For more than 100 years, the Florida Chamber has been working to secure Florida’s future, and lead our state to a diverse and sustainable economy. For the past 40 years, the Florida Chamber has spawned several organizations that Floridians recognize today, including:

  • Leadership Florida,

Buchanan, Hastings Conduct Florida Delegation Hearing on Water Quality

February 28, 2019 - 9:00am
Buchanan questions witnesses at Florida delegation hearing

Red tide, oil drilling and harmful algal blooms were at the center of the discussion Wednesday at a Florida congressional delegation hearing in Washington, D.C. chaired by GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan and Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings.

On the agenda were some of the most pressing water quality issues currently affecting the Sunshine State.

It was the first meeting of the Florida congressional delegation in 2019. Some 16 congressmen attended -- more than half of the state delegation.

Two State House Democrats Bring Out Recreational Marijuana Legalization Proposal

February 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

Two Democrats in the Florida House -- state Rep. Michael Grieco of Miami Beach and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando -- introduced a proposal easing restrictions on recreational marijuana use in the Sunshine State. 

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