November 29, 2022

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DraftKings, FanDuel place $10M bets in backing Florida ballot initiative on gambling

Two major online platforms have dropped $20 million into an effort to legalize sports betting in Florida and direct the state’s proceeds from the popular activity to education. DraftKings and... Read more »
Published on 7/12/2021

House leader: Legislature may examine building codes

As the investigation continues into the deadly condominium collapse in Surfside, a top Republican Florida House leader said Monday that lawmakers don’t need to make immediate changes to state building... Read more »
Published on 7/12/2021

Florida Cabinet officers Moody, Patronis cite financial gains. Fried hasn't filed yet.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, whose family-owned landmark restaurant in Panama City Beach has recently  weathered a major storm and a pandemic, reported his net worth grew 2.8 percent in... Read more »
Published on 7/12/2021

Florida unemployment claims continue to drop

Newly filed unemployment claims continue to slow in Florida, with the state recording its lowest weekly total since the COVID-19 pandemic crashed into the economy in March 2020. The U.S.... Read more »
Published on 7/8/2021

NRA appeals ruling on gun sales to people under 21

The National Rifle Association on Wednesday went to a federal appeals court after a judge last month upheld a Florida law that prevents people under age 21 from buying guns.... Read more »
Published on 7/7/2021

State revenues beat expectations in May

Florida’s monthly revenues continue to top expectations, aided recently by an increase in tourism-industry tax collections, a new report from state economists shows. The Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic... Read more »
Published on 7/7/2021

Cable group seeks to weigh in on FPL rates

In a somewhat-unusual move, a cable-television industry group is seeking to intervene in a case about whether Florida Power & Light should be able to raise base electric rates over... Read more »
Published on 7/6/2021

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Florida Medicaid dispute

After getting off a Lee County school bus in November 2008, Gianinna Gallardo was struck by a truck and suffered catastrophic injuries. Now, more than a decade later, her case... Read more »
Published on 7/5/2021

Florida sees decline in unemployment claims

Florida had a dip in new unemployment claims during the final week in which jobless people could get $300 a week in federal assistance. In a report released Thursday, the... Read more »
Published on 7/1/2021

Federal judge blocks Florida's new social media law targeting ‘big tech' companies

Calling it “riddled with imprecision and ambiguity,” a federal judge Wednesday blocked a new state law targeting social-media behemoths such as Facebook and Twitter that can strip politicians and other... Read more »
Published on 7/1/2021

Colleges get shield from COVID-19 lawsuits

Marking a victory for colleges and universities that shut down campuses last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday shielding the schools from lawsuits seeking... Read more »
Published on 6/30/2021

Sports betting proposal pitched in Florida to provide money for education

Steering money from gambling to public education convinced Florida voters to sign off on a state lottery more than three decades ago. Now, sports-betting behemoths are banking on a similar... Read more »
Published on 6/30/2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoes repeal of no-fault auto insurance in Florida

Pointing to possible negative impacts for the insurance market and drivers, Gov. Ron DeSantis late Tuesday vetoed a long-sought effort by legislators to end the state’s no-fault auto insurance system.... Read more »
Published on 6/30/2021

‘Freedom Week' in Florida comes with lots of sales tax breaks. Find out how you can save

Florida is about to find out how much a week of sales-tax “freedom” translates into capitalism. Starting Thursday, in what lawmakers dubbed “Freedom Week,” people will receive sales-tax breaks when... Read more »
Published on 6/30/2021

‘Home Sweet Home' bill expanding business of home cooking goes to DeSantis

A proposal that could help expand the business of home cooking is before Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Legislature on Monday formally sent the “Home Sweet Home Act” (HB 663) to... Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Judge upholds Florida's ban on gun sales to those under 21, but questions whether it has any effect

While saying the case “falls squarely in the middle of a constitutional no man’s land,” a federal judge has upheld a 2018 Florida law that prevents people under age 21... Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Judge weighs constitutionality of social media law

A federal judge on Monday appeared skeptical about a new Florida law aimed at punishing social-media companies that strip users from their platforms or flag users’ content. Online-industry groups NetChoice... Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Budget, bevy of Florida laws ready to take effect

More than 100 new laws passed during the 2021 legislative session will hit the books this week, ranging from a record $100 billion state budget to a ban on COVID-19... Read more »
Published on 6/28/2021

Masks are off, but legal wrangling continues

Gov. Ron DeSantis in early May blocked cities and counties from requiring people to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But that hasn’t stopped legal battles over mask... Read more »
Published on 6/28/2021

Statewide campaign touts benefits of physical therapy

A physical therapy association on Thursday launched a website and digital campaign to promote the benefits of physical therapy, including to help in recovery from COVID-19. The website lists a wide... Read more »
Published on 6/28/2021

‘Freedom Week' tax holiday coming up. How will it affect Florida's tax revenue?

State economists acknowledge the upcoming “Freedom Week” tax holiday is uncharted territory when it comes to estimating reductions in tax revenue. Lawmakers approved the first-of-its-kind tax holiday, which will run... Read more »
Published on 6/25/2021

Judge blocks aid to minority farmers

Siding with a white farmer from North Florida, a U.S. district judge has blocked a federal plan to provide loan relief to Black and other minority farmers who historically faced... Read more »
Published on 6/24/2021

No more birthday cards for Florida inmates — prisons propose scanning all 'routine' mail

Photos of spouses, kids’ hand-colored drawings and letters stained by tears are among prison inmates’ most-cherished lifelines to the outside world. But Florida corrections officials are moving ahead with a... Read more »
Published on 6/23/2021

Florida drops fight to regulate specialized health-care services

After facing nearly a dozen challenges from hospitals across the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has withdrawn a series of proposed rules related to regulating highly specialized health-care services. The... Read more »
Published on 6/21/2021

State appeals court refuses to halt high-stakes hospital fight

In a decade-long legal fight that could involve hundreds of millions of dollars, a state appeals court this past week refused to halt a case that argues Sarasota County is... Read more »
Published on 6/21/2021

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