May 16, 2021

News Service of Florida

Alcohol-to-go is now permanent in Florida

Appearing at a Volusia County eatery, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Thursday a bill that makes permanent a popular COVID-19 emergency order allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks with... Read more »
Published on 5/13/2021

Orange crop forecast holds steady

A forecast of Florida’s orange production during the current growing season held steady in a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Florida growers are forecast to produce... Read more »
Published on 5/13/2021

Floridians receiving unemployment benefits must again prove they're looking for work

People in Florida’s unemployment system will have to show they looked for work on a weekly basis after Memorial Day, as the state pushes to get workers back on the... Read more »
Published on 5/12/2021

Chemical company challenges Florida's decision to ban aldicarb for use on citrus

Amid arguments about the troubled citrus industry and the health of farmworkers, a chemical company is challenging a state decision to block a pesticide that could help fight a disease... Read more »
Published on 5/12/2021

College athlete pay rules move forward in Florida

With a Florida law set to go into effect July 1 to allow college athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, the state university system’s Board of Governors... Read more »
Published on 5/12/2021

DeSantis issues state of emergency to relax truck restrictions amid pipe shutdown

Florida relaxed truck-weight restrictions to get more fuel on the road as demand for gasoline surged in some areas after a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which carries fuel... Read more »
Published on 5/12/2021

Most long-term care facilities meet Florida's backup power requirements

Headed into the 2021 hurricane season, the vast majority of Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities are in compliance with rules requiring them to have emergency backup generators and... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2021

DeSantis picks daughter of powerful state senator for Public Service Commission post

Gabriella Passidomo, the daughter of an influential state senator, has been appointed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis to a seat on the Florida Public Service Commission. The 29-year-old Passidomo, who... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2021

DeSantis signs bill aimed at preventing youth vaping

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a bill that will regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes. The law will create a state regulatory framework for the sale of electronic cigarettes.... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2021

DeSantis signs law banning local governments from regulating guns

Amid a legal battle that could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a measure that will ratchet up a ban on local gun regulations.... Read more »
Published on 5/10/2021

Florida's universities expect return to 'pre-COVID operations'

Florida’s state universities are expected to return to pre-coronavirus operations during the upcoming school year, including at athletic and social events, top system officials said Wednesday. An early evening news... Read more »
Published on 5/7/2021

Florida tax revenues top forecast amounts for 8th consecutive month

Florida had an eighth consecutive month of tax revenues topping forecast amounts, as federal stimulus money continued pumping into the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a report released Wednesday,... Read more »
Published on 5/6/2021

Plans set for gambling special session

House and Senate leaders Wednesday set the stage for a special legislative session to consider a gambling deal that Gov. Ron DeSantis hammered out with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.... Read more »
Published on 5/5/2021

Florida's annual rite of groups, individuals asking DeSantis to veto bills now upon us

Veto season, or at least the annual rite of asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to reject bills, has arrived after the 2021 legislative session. Groups and individuals are sending emails to... Read more »
Published on 5/5/2021

Florida higher ed programs, including Bright Futures, face changes courtesy of Legislature

Lawmakers during this year’s legislative session eliminated grants that help students at some private colleges pay tuition and got rid of an annual textbook stipend for Bright Futures scholarship recipients... Read more »
Published on 5/5/2021

Hospitals fight new state rules on transplants, pediatric cardiac services

Some of Florida’s largest health care systems and children’s hospitals are challenging two proposed state rules, alleging that facilities could get shut out of the market and quality of care... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2021

State sues feds over $97.57 million in Medicaid money

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has filed a lawsuit against the federal government in a dispute about $97.57 million in Medicaid payments, primarily involving Jackson Memorial Hospital in... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2021

Florida lawmakers tee up sales tax ‘holidays'

Floridians are in line to get “holidays” from paying sales taxes as they prepare for the school year and hurricane season and as they plan to get out for some... Read more »
Published on 4/30/2021

Jobless claims up in Florida

With 23,600 first-time unemployment claims filed last week, Florida posted its second-highest weekly total since the start of February, as the leisure and hospitality sectors continue struggling to regain footing... Read more »
Published on 4/29/2021

Florida lawmakers to vote Friday on budget

Florida lawmakers are scheduled to vote Friday afternoon on a record $101.5 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year and end the regular legislative session on time. According to the... Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

Voters to decide fate of constitution panel

Florida voters next year will decide whether to abolish a powerful commission that drew heavy criticism as it placed seven constitutional amendments on the 2018 ballot. With sponsor Mike Beltran,... Read more »
Published on 4/27/2021

Budget deal avoids health cuts, includes postpartum Medicaid extension

After a week of largely out-of-sight budget negotiations, Florida lawmakers have ironed out many major spending differences and are on track to wrap up the 2021 regular legislative session on... Read more »
Published on 4/26/2021

Lawmakers OK Bill On Minority Maternal Health Program

Florida lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill (HB 1381) that would establish pilot programs in Duval and Orange counties aimed at improving maternal health outcomes for minority women.... Read more »
Published on 4/26/2021

Florida House Approves Sales Tax Holidays, Including ‘Freedom Week'

Without comment, the House on Friday backed a tax package that would lead to holding sales-tax “holidays” on back-to-school supplies and hurricane gear and a “freedom week” related to entertainment... Read more »
Published on 4/26/2021

Florida gambling deal could bring in $2.5 billion

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe finalized a 30-year gambling agreement on Friday, inking a deal that would deliver at least $2.5 billion to Florida over the next five... Read more »
Published on 4/25/2021

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