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May 25, 2018

Government/Politics & Law

Gov. Scott Announces Major Action Plan to Keep Florida Students Safe Following Tragic Parkland Shooting

Today, I am announcing a major action plan. I will be working with the legislature aggressively over the next two weeks to get it done. This week we asked law enforcement leaders, education leaders, and health leaders from all over the state to drop what they were doing, clear their schedules, and immediately get up to Tallahassee for urgent conversations about what we can – and must do – to make our schools and communities safer. We must take care of our kids. Read more »
Published on 2/23/2018

Gov. Scott: We Must Have a Real Conversation About Keeping Students Safe

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will be organizing meetings with state and local leaders in Tallahassee next week to discuss ways to keep Florida students safe, including school safety improvements and keeping guns away from individuals struggling with mental illness. Governor Scott remains in Broward County and has continued to be briefed by law enforcement, emergency management, and local school officials. Additional details on next week's meetings will be announced in the coming days. Read more »
Published on 2/15/2018

Fracking Ban Bill Passes First Senate Committee

Despite early indications that a proposal to ban fracking in Florida would not advance in the current state legislative session, the bill passed its first senate committee Monday. Read more »
Published on 2/7/2018

Sen. Marco Rubio calls for investigations into illicit actions of "sober homes" in Florida

Washington, D.C. – As the nation's opioid epidemic continues to devastate American families and following reports of illicit actions by treatment homes and sober homes in Florida, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has urged Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Labor (DOL) Inspector General Scott Dahl, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General Daniel Levinson to coordinate efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Florida by investigating claims of kickbacks and false statements associated with federal health plans and private insurance plans. His specific request to each agency is below: Read more »
Published on 2/7/2018

Florida Supreme Court to begin Facebook Live broadcasts

More than 40 years ago the Florida Supreme Court issued a wide welcome to cameras in its courtroom. That welcome grows even broader this coming Thursday when Facebook Live broadcasts begin, making this one of the first courts in the world to use social media for official live video. Read more »
Published on 1/24/2018

Sen. Bill Nelson: Key administration official admits Florida is not “off the table” for drilling

At a House Natural Resources Committee last Friday, Walter Cruickshank, the Trump administration's director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), admitted during questioning that Florida is not “off the table” for offshore oil drilling. Read more »
Published on 1/22/2018

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

ICE, 17 FL sheriffs announce new enforcement partnership

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced 17 Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA) with various Florida sheriffs that aim to prevent the release of criminal aliens back into the community. Read more »
Published on 1/18/2018

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

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