September 27, 2022

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Florida to get $40 million in opioid settlement

Florida will receive $40 million as part of a $573 million settlement between McKinsey & Company and dozens of states because of the global consulting giant’s role in the opioid... Read more »
Published on 2/5/2021

Big tech companies big earners for state

Gov. Ron DeSantis has put a bullseye on tech giants he contends censor conservatives’ speech, but the social media apps and platforms he’s targeting are blockbusters for the state’s financial portfolio. DeSantis, a close... Read more »
Published on 2/4/2021

Cruise industry recovery likely to be long haul

“Significant” passenger cruise operations might not return to Florida waters for another year or longer as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, according to a port-industry lobbying group. Michael Rubin,... Read more »
Published on 2/3/2021

Gov. DeSantis' budget increases school spending by $285 million

Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking lawmakers for a $285 million increase in public-school funding in the coming year and to keep tuition rates flat for college and university students ---... Read more »
Published on 2/3/2021

'Eye wars' could heat up again

Optometrists and ophthalmologists could be headed toward a renewed battle during the 2021 legislative session about how much authority optometrists should have in treating patients. The groups have clashed for... Read more »
Published on 2/2/2021

Lawmakers, school officials eye drop in student enrollment

Florida legislators and local education officials are trying to pinpoint what happened to nearly 90,000 “missing” public school students, as public school enrollment estimates have dropped amid the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more »
Published on 2/2/2021

DeSantis health budget wins praise — mostly

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed $96.6 billion budget unveiled Thursday got high marks from most, but not all, health-care providers that treat poor, elderly and disabled Floridians. The governor did not... Read more »
Published on 2/1/2021

Moody signs onto brief in Medicaid work dispute

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has joined 16 other attorneys general in backing Arkansas and New Hampshire in a U.S. Supreme Court case about work requirements in the Medicaid program.... Read more »
Published on 2/1/2021

Florida jobless claims jump as tourism faces long recovery

With first-time unemployment claims spiking last week, a top Florida economist is cautioning that the vital, but battered, tourism industry is in for another difficult spring because of COVID-19. Amy... Read more »
Published on 1/28/2021

Exceptions eyed as minimum wage set to increase

Less than three months after voters approved a constitutional amendment to raise Florida’s minimum wage, a Senate Republican on Wednesday filed a proposal that could lead to exceptions for some... Read more »
Published on 1/28/2021

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

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