December 3, 2023

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House passes measure targeting sea level rise

The Florida House almost unanimously passed a proposal Wednesday to bolster efforts against sea-level rise. The bill (HB 7053), sponsored by Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera, R-Coral Gables, would establish a... Read more »
Published on 3/2/2022

Florida House passes bill that would increase oversight of pharmacy benefit managers

The Florida House on Friday unanimously passed a measure that would lead to increased oversight of pharmacy benefit managers, which act as sort of middlemen between health insurers and pharmacies.... Read more »
Published on 2/28/2022

Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases drop

With COVID-19 cases continuing to plummet, the number of Florida hospital inpatients with the virus has dropped below 3,000. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data Monday... Read more »
Published on 2/28/2022

Florida's weekly unemployment claims below 5,000

Despite mounting inflation, people continuing to leave jobs for better opportunities and lingering impacts from the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Florida had 4,941... Read more »
Published on 2/24/2022

Florida Senate scales back mail-in voting rules of elections bill

Senate Republicans are revamping a controversial elections bill, including scaling back proposed changes to mail-in voting. Sponsor Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, filed a lengthy amendment Tuesday, as the Senate Appropriations... Read more »
Published on 2/23/2022

Hotly debated solar changes move forward

Florida lawmakers continued to move forward Monday with key changes in rules for rooftop solar energy, drawing heavy opposition from the solar industry and environmental groups. But as the House... Read more »
Published on 2/22/2022

Rural communities in Florida get infrastructure money

Three communities in rural North Florida received nearly $11 million in infrastructure grants on Monday. "We've seen when we do certain things like provide some foundational infrastructure, a lot of... Read more »
Published on 2/22/2022

Florida's Senate and House are on a 'collision course' over dental care and Medicaid

Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, says the Senate and House are on a “collision course” about dental care as they revamp the state’s Medicaid... Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

Supreme Court to Hear Pinellas, Pasco Tax Case

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday said it will take up a dispute about whether Pinellas County should be required to pay property taxes on land it owns in neighboring... Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

Tampa Electric fuel cost hike supported

Tampa Electric Co. should be able to collect more money from customers starting in April because of higher-than-expected fuel costs for power plants, staff members of the Florida Public Service... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2022

Florida jobless claims remain at pre-pandemic levels

Florida continues to see first-time unemployment claims at a pace similar to before the COVID-19 pandemic slammed into the state’s economy. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2022

Lawmakers Grapple With Insurance 'Catastrophe'

Offering a grim picture of Florida’s property-insurance system, senators backed proposals Wednesday aimed at bolstering the private market while slowing a flood of policies to the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2022

Students Could Face Financial Literacy Requirement

Florida lawmakers could require high-school students to take a financial literacy course as a condition for graduation. The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (HB 1115)... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2022

House offers tax ‘holidays,' no gas tax break

A House panel Thursday will take up a package that would provide a wide range of tax breaks but does not include Gov. Ron DeSantis’ big-ticket proposal to suspend the... Read more »
Published on 2/16/2022

Florida tops 30 million tourists in fourth quarter

Florida attracted nearly 30.9 million visitors during the final three months of 2021, the second consecutive quarter of drawing more tourists than in the comparable period of 2019 before the... Read more »
Published on 2/15/2022

Florida gator hunts could get longer hours

Alligator hunting could become a 24/7 endeavor under a proposal going before Florida wildlife commissioners. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on March 2 will consider a staff proposal... Read more »
Published on 2/14/2022

Florida OKs extension of COVID-19 legal protections for hospitals, health workers

With the state still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida House on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would extend COVID-19 legal protections for hospitals, nursing homes... Read more »
Published on 2/11/2022

State Moves Toward Regaining Lost Jobs

As Florida posted its fourth consecutive week of slowing unemployment claims, Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle said Thursday the state is “a few months” away from regaining the... Read more »
Published on 2/10/2022

10 big issues as Florida Legislature reaches 60-day session halftime

The Florida Legislature’s 60-day session reached its halfway point Wednesday. Here are snapshots of 10 big issues in the session: — ABORTION: The Republican-controlled House and Senate are moving forward... Read more »
Published on 2/9/2022

Enrollment in reading initiative ticks up slowly

About 17 percent of eligible students have enrolled in a $200 million state initiative to deliver free books to the homes of struggling elementary-school readers since a sign-up period opened... Read more »
Published on 2/9/2022

Higher education accreditation changes sought

A Senate bill approved Tuesday would require colleges and universities to change accrediting organizations at the end of each accreditation cycle, a proposal that drew skepticism from Democrats. The Republican-controlled... Read more »
Published on 2/9/2022

Controversial solar measure approved with changes

A Senate committee Tuesday approved a revamped solar-energy bill, but the changes did not satisfy the rooftop-solar industry and environmental groups. The Senate Community Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to back... Read more »
Published on 2/9/2022

Retiring Supreme Court Spokesman Honored

Craig Waters, who is retiring as the longtime spokesman for the Florida Supreme Court, is being honored by the First Amendment Foundation for his work in using the internet and... Read more »
Published on 2/8/2022

Florida wants to shield health officials in COVID data lawsuit

The Florida Department of Health has gone to an appeals court in a battle about whether it should provide daily COVID-19 data, as it seeks to be shielded from explaining... Read more »
Published on 2/8/2022

Transgender athlete legal fight in Florida put on hold

A challenge to a controversial state law that bans transgender females from participating on girls’ and women’s sports teams has been put on hold while another Florida case plays out... Read more »
Published on 2/7/2022

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