January 27, 2021

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Florida leaders aim to kill constitution revision commission

An influential appointed panel that recommends changes to the Florida Constitution every 20 years is again in the crosshairs of state lawmakers. With bipartisan support, the Senate Governmental Oversight and... Read more »
Published on 1/27/2021

Florida gets boost in tax revenues in December

Florida in December recorded its best monthly general-revenue collections since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research estimated revenue for December at $336.7... Read more »
Published on 1/26/2021

Florida jobless rate dips slightly in December as 18,000 fewer in state considered unemployed

Florida’s jobless rate dipped 0.2 percentage points in December amid what state officials said is growing economic confidence as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The state Department of Economic Opportunity on... Read more »
Published on 1/24/2021

Another disaster preparedness sales tax ‘holiday' proposed

A Senate Republican on Friday filed a bill that would provide a sales-tax “holiday” around the start of hurricane season for people who buy disaster-preparedness supplies. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota,... Read more »
Published on 1/24/2021

Pandemics won't shut down Florida businesses again, state senator says

Businesses will remain open for the economic well-being of the state even as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Florida, the head of a Senate select committee on the pandemic... Read more »
Published on 1/21/2021

Florida unemployment claims down last week

First-time unemployment claims fell in Florida last week, while the U.S. Department of Labor also vastly reduced its estimate of claims for the prior week. The department reported Thursday an... Read more »
Published on 1/21/2021

Tallahassee takes aim again at no-fault automobile insurance

The latest effort to end Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system will get its first Senate hearing next week. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Jan. 26 will take up... Read more »
Published on 1/19/2021

Florida House Proposal Would Lift Telehealth Restrictions

Amid expanded use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, a House Republican on Wednesday filed a bill that would eliminate restrictions on prescribing controlled substances through telehealth. Rep. Tom Fabricio,... Read more »
Published on 1/18/2021

Florida lawmakers weigh health care liability protections

The‌ ‌House‌ ‌Health‌ ‌& ‌Human‌ ‌Services‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌on‌ ‌Thursday‌ ‌conducted‌ ‌its‌ ‌first --- and‌ ‌last --- workshop‌ ‌on‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌liability‌ ‌protections‌ ‌for‌ ‌health‌ ‌care‌ ‌providers.‌ The‌ committee‌ ‌heard‌ ‌from‌ ‌representatives... Read more »
Published on 1/18/2021

Florida Business And Regulation Secretary Beshears Steps Down, Cites ‘Health Issues'

Citing health issues, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears said he will step down from his post this month. Beshears, a former state representative from North... Read more »
Published on 1/18/2021

Florida high school grad rates climb, thanks to exemptions during pandemic

Graduation rates for Florida high school students ticked up this year, with 90% of students graduating, according to a state Department of Education report released this week. The report showed a 3.1 percentage-point... Read more »
Published on 1/13/2021

Florida Senate may consider permanent post to address climate change

An effort is back in the Senate to permanently set up a statewide office to consider climate change impacts, as environmentalists wait for a new chief resiliency officer to be... Read more »
Published on 1/12/2021

Should computers seized in raid of data analyst's home be returned? A judge will hear arguments this week in court case

A Leon County circuit judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday about whether the Florida Department of Law Enforcement should return property to fired state Department of Health analyst Rebekah... Read more »
Published on 1/11/2021

Florida regulators approve Duke Energy's plan for 10 solar plants

State utility regulators on Tuesday backed plans by Duke Energy Florida to build 10 solar plants over the next four years, despite some concerns about size and costs. In a... Read more »
Published on 1/5/2021

U.S. Supreme Court set to hear Florida-Georgia water battle

After years of battling between Florida and Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court next month will again take up a dispute about water in a river system that links the two... Read more »
Published on 1/4/2021

Florida Governments, Groups Urge Rehearing On Conversion Therapy

Cities, counties and groups from Florida and other parts of the country are trying to help sway a federal appeals court to reconsider a potentially far-reaching decision that blocked bans... Read more »
Published on 12/28/2020

Florida exceeds more than 21,000 COVID-19 deaths

The department's website showed 21,135 residents have died since the pandemic started. Also, 302 non-residents have died in Florida. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2020

Florida business in bankruptcy can't get PPP loan, appeal court rules

In a Florida case that could have broader implications, a federal appeals court has upheld a U.S. Small Business Administration decision that prevents businesses from receiving Paycheck Protection Program loans... Read more »
Published on 12/23/2020

Bridge toll battle goes to appeals court

Bondholders have gone to a state appeals court as they seek to force the Florida Department of Transportation to pay damages because of lost toll revenues on a long-controversial Panhandle... Read more »
Published on 12/22/2020

Florida lawmaker proposes sales-tax holiday for Small Business Saturday

A South Florida Democrat has proposed holding a “Small Business Saturday” sales-tax holiday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2021. Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, filed the bill (SB 302) on... Read more »
Published on 12/22/2020

Florida's tax revenue projections improve for 2020-21 and beyond

While they didn’t go as far as the governor’s office wanted, Florida economists Monday shrank a projected revenue reduction lawmakers will confront when they hammer out the next budget. The... Read more »
Published on 12/22/2020

Florida physicians urge patience as COVID vaccine demand outweighs supply

Noting a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine available for distribution in December, the state’s largest physicians association urged people Thursday to be patient. “There are far more health care providers... Read more »
Published on 12/21/2020

Florida House targets Chinese interference in higher education

Florida lawmakers will consider legislation to protect state universities and research institutions from interference by China, state House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, said Tuesday. In a tweet, Sprowls said... Read more »
Published on 12/16/2020

Land deals approved in Southwest Florida, Panhandle

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend more than $16.7 million to protect fields in Southwest Florida where federally endangered Florida panthers roam and land in... Read more »
Published on 12/15/2020

State, Deloitte say unemployment case should be tossed

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Deloitte Consulting LLP are asking a Leon County circuit judge to toss out a revised class-action lawsuit that seeks damages because of problems... Read more »
Published on 12/15/2020

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