June 27, 2022

News Service of Florida

Workers' comp insurers challenge dispensing policy

Several workers’ compensation insurance companies are challenging a state policy that they say improperly requires carriers to authorize physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to dispense medication to injured workers.... Read more »
Published on 5/24/2022

Fast Track Rejected in Redistricting Fight

An appeals court Tuesday rejected a request by voting-rights groups to fast-track a congressional redistricting fight to the Florida Supreme Court. The decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal... Read more »
Published on 5/24/2022

Redistricting wrangling goes to Florida Supreme Court

Voting-rights groups went to the state Supreme Court on Monday as they try to keep alive the possibility of blocking a congressional redistricting plan that would make it harder to... Read more »
Published on 5/24/2022

Hurricane Tax ‘Holiday' Adds Pet Supplies

TALLAHASSEE --- With a sales-tax "holiday" starting this weekend, Floridians can save a few dollars on pet supplies as they stockpile other needs for the upcoming hurricane season. The state’s... Read more »
Published on 5/24/2022

Floridians could flock to shelters if hurricanes loom

An increased demand for shelter space is expected if hurricanes threaten Florida’s coastline in the upcoming storm season. With COVID-19 protocols lifted, and people pinching pennies as inflation has hit... Read more »
Published on 5/23/2022

DeSantis signs bill on student mental health and approves $100 million for cancer research

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed several bills into law this week, including a measure that will require school districts to inform parents of additional mental-health resources if students are receiving services.... Read more »
Published on 5/23/2022

Florida neurological injury fund fights ruling of appeals court panel

A Florida program that pays for care of children who suffer neurological injuries at birth is asking a full federal appeals court to take up a lawsuit about whether the... Read more »
Published on 5/23/2022

PSC Hopefuls Can Apply for Seats

With the terms of Commissioner Gary Clark and Commissioner Gabriella Passidomo slated to expire in January, a state panel is accepting applications for two seats on the Florida Public Service... Read more »
Published on 5/22/2022

Lawmakers Eye Roof Claims, Lawsuits, Reinsurance

Heading into a special session next week to address the state’s troubled property-insurance market, legislative leaders said late Friday they will focus on issues such as roof-damage claims, litigation and... Read more »
Published on 5/22/2022

Florida Jobless Rate Dips to 3 Percent

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3 percent in April, while Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to warn about high gasoline prices and a potential recession that he blames on federal economic... Read more »
Published on 5/22/2022

DeSantis giving green light to budget items

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he will approve $100 million in the upcoming year’s state budget for cancer research, $37 million more than in the current year. A day... Read more »
Published on 5/20/2022

Florida jobless claims averaging below 5,000

Florida is averaging just under 5,000 first-time unemployment claims a week over the past month, which is below the average from the period before the COVID-19 pandemic crashed the economy.... Read more »
Published on 5/19/2022

State takes aim at redistricting ruling

The state asked an appeals court Wednesday to reinstate a stay on a circuit judge’s ruling that blocked a congressional redistricting plan pushed through the Legislature by Gov. Ron DeSantis.... Read more »
Published on 5/18/2022

February trial scheduled in education fight

A federal judge has scheduled a February trial in a legal battle over a new state law that restricts teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida schools. U.S.... Read more »
Published on 5/18/2022

Property insurers are seeking hefty rate hikes in Florida

Roof-damage claims. Lawsuits. Reinsurance costs. For tens of thousands of homeowners, those issues could add up to large property-insurance rate increases if state regulators sign off on proposals presented Tuesday.... Read more »
Published on 5/18/2022

FPL Transmission Line Gets Approval

Florida Power & Light got approval Monday from state utility regulators to develop a 79-mile transmission line northwest of Lake Okeechobee. In a brief meeting, the Public Service Commission approved... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2022

Ruling eyed in 'big tech' fight

As a battle continues about the constitutionality of a Florida law that seeks to crack down on social-media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, a federal appeals court has allowed... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2022

Florida sees record tourism in first quarter

Florida attracted a record number of tourists during the first three months of 2022, surpassing totals from similar quarters before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the hospitality and leisure industry. Visit... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2022

Fast track sought in redistricting fight

Pointing to “urgency” as the 2022 elections near, attorneys for voting-rights groups requested Friday that a battle over a new congressional redistricting plan be put on a fast track to... Read more »
Published on 5/15/2022

Jobless claims low, but gas prices hit high

Florida continues to see unemployment claims roll in at a pre-pandemic pace as new data showed aspects of inflation possibly slowing. But that trend has not been reflected at gas... Read more »
Published on 5/13/2022

Florida citrus forecast gets boost in down year

The troubled Florida citrus industry received a little sunshine Thursday, but the amount of fruit produced this growing season remains far below average and expectations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture... Read more »
Published on 5/13/2022

DeSantis signs law requiring Florida school lessons on victims of communism

Calling it a “blockbuster day for freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public-school students to observe “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7 each... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2022

Initiative Supporters Say Signature Law Unconstitutional

Groups seeking to place proposed constitutional amendments on the 2024 ballot are urging a federal judge to reject the state's arguments defending a law that prevents paying petition gatherers based... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2022

Long legal fight lies ahead over the Florida law dubbed ‘don't say gay'

A legal battle over a new state law that restricts teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida classrooms could continue well into the upcoming school year. The law,... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2022

Florida fires back in redistricting lawsuit

Attorneys for Secretary of State Laurel Lee fired back Monday at an attempt to block a new congressional redistricting plan, saying plaintiffs in a lawsuit want to “revert to some... Read more »
Published on 5/9/2022

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