January 20, 2018

Government/Politics & Law

Gov. Scott: Florida Businesses Created Nearly 30,000 Private-Sector Jobs in December

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses created nearly 30,000 private-sector jobs in December. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,497,100 jobs, including nearly 205,000 jobs created in 2017. Read more »
Published on 1/19/2018

Gov. Rick Scott: Two Years of Louisiana Tax Increases Makes Florida Better Destination for Business

Gov. Scott to Tell Louisiana Business Owners to Move to Florida Read more »
Published on 1/17/2018

Sen. Bill Nelson: This is too important

Letter from Sen. Bill Nelson, sent on Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Read more »
Published on 1/11/2018

From Gov. Scott's Office: Florida Leaders Applaud Governor Scott's Fight to Protect Florida's Coastline

Yesterday, following Governor Rick Scott's meeting with United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Department of the Interior announced that Florida's coastline has been removed from consideration for future oil drilling. Last week, Governor Scott requested to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss his concerns with the federal oil drilling plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration. Here's what Florida leaders are saying: Read more »
Published on 1/11/2018

Gov. Scott Fought to Protect Florida's Coastline

Following Governor Rick Scott's meeting with United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Department of the Interior announced that Florida's coastline has been removed from consideration for future oil drilling. Read more »
Published on 1/10/2018

Rubio Statement on Trump Administration's Proposal to Consider Offshore Drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after the Interior Department released its draft 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing: Read more »
Published on 1/4/2018

Nelson vows to fight Trump administration's offshore oil drilling plan

Following is statement from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on the Trump administration's plan to open up nearly all federal waters to offshore oil drilling – including the eastern Gulf of Mexico and areas off Florida's Atlantic coast: Read more »
Published on 1/4/2018

Gov. Scott urges north Florida families to prepare for severe cold weather

Today, following a briefing by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), Governor Rick Scott urged Florida residents, visitors and businesses in North Florida to prepare for extreme cold weather conditions, including potential snow, sleet or ice accumulations, as a severe weather system moves into the area tonight. Read more »
Published on 1/3/2018

Juvenile arrests in Florida drop to historic 42-year low

Governor Rick Scott announced that the number of juvenile arrests continued to decline in 2016-2017 according to the latest delinquency report released by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Read more »
Published on 12/29/2017

Proposed opioid funding, reforms circulating through Florida legislature

Several proposals to combat the opioid epidemic are circulating through the Florida House and Senate. They include $50 million in funding for resources, and a three-day limit on prescribed opioids, unless strict conditions are met for a seven-day supply. Read more »
Published on 12/27/2017

SEC Charges Operators of $1.2 Billion Ponzi Scheme Targeting Main Street Investors

According to the SEC's complaint, unsealed today in federal court in Miami, Florida, Robert H. Shapiro and a group of unregistered investment companies called the Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC formerly headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, defrauded more than 8,400 investors in unregistered Woodbridge funds. Read more »
Published on 12/22/2017

Emergency Disaster Aid Package Introduced

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced a bill to provide additional emergency assistance for recent hurricanes, wildfires in California, and related agriculture losses. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2017

Florida Reemployment Tax Rate to Remain at its Lowest in 2018 for Third Year in a Row

On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses will continue to pay the lowest possible rate for reemployment taxes next year for the third year in a row. The minimum tax rate will remain at $7.00 per employee in 2018. Read more »
Published on 12/15/2017

Getting schooled on Florida's education bill - HB 7069

The Florida legislature passed HB 7069 last session and Governor Rick Scott signed it into law this summer. In reaction to the bill, school boards across the state joined a lawsuit to block it. Read more »
Published on 12/14/2017

Gov. Scott: Florida stands with victims of sexual harassment

Executive Order Strengthens Sexual Harassment Protections for State Employees Read more »
Published on 12/13/2017

High Court's Contempt for Lawmakers' Authority, Lawsuit Rackets Place Florida atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes' List

The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its 2017-2018 Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in Florida, California, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois and Louisiana among the nation's “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation. Read more »
Published on 12/7/2017

Former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Two Others Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Scheme

Former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in prison today in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida for her role in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving a sham scholarship charity. Read more »
Published on 12/5/2017

Florida ranks near top of business tax climate rankings

State officials in Florida have something to crow about: the Sunshine State ranks among the Tax Foundation's Top 10 states for business tax climate. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2017

Gov. Rick Scott statement on Florida Supreme Court's denial

Please see the statement below regarding the Florida Supreme Court's denial of Governor Scott's motion to disqualify Justice Barbara Pariente from the case of League of Women Voters Florida, et al. v. Rick Scott (SC17-1122). See the decision HERE. Read more »
Published on 11/29/2017

Gov. Scott's 'Securing Florida's Future Budget' includes historic investment to protect Florida's environment

Governor Rick Scott's Securing Florida's Future budget recommends more than $1.7 billion to protect and enhance Florida's environment - a more than $220 millionincrease over the current year. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2017

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