December 2, 2022

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First-time unemployment claims fall again in Florida

Florida continues to see a slowing of first-time unemployment claims, with applications last week the lowest since the coronavirus pandemic started a year ago. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated... Read more »
Published on 3/11/2021

State could end clemency waiting periods

Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing sweeping changes to the state’s clemency process by doing away with a minimum five-year wait before felons can seek to have their civil rights, including... Read more »
Published on 3/10/2021

Judge tosses out lawsuit against the state, Deloitte over flawed unemployment website

A Leon circuit court judge has dismissed a potential class-action lawsuit against the state and Deloitte Consulting stemming from the meltdown of Florida’s online unemployment compensation system during the COVID-19... Read more »
Published on 3/9/2021

Florida Senate to take up online sales tax plan

A proposal that would require many out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians will be one of the first bills taken up by the state... Read more »
Published on 3/9/2021

Nearly 62,000 in Florida sign up for ACA coverage in first two weeks

Nearly 62,000 people in Florida enrolled in Affordable Health Care plans during the first two weeks of a special enrollment period, according to information released Wednesday by the federal Centers... Read more »
Published on 3/8/2021

Florida inspector general report injected into lawsuit over unemployment system

Plaintiffs in a potential class-action lawsuit about Florida’s troubled unemployment-compensation system are trying to use a new report by the state’s chief inspector general to bolster their case. Hours after... Read more »
Published on 3/8/2021

Florida state tax revenues slow a bit in January but continue trend of beating forecast

 Florida tax revenues slowed somewhat in January from the final months of 2020 but continued a trend of beating a forecast issued as the state phased out COVID-19 lockdown efforts... Read more »
Published on 3/8/2021

Florida business groups wade into wetlands permitting fight

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and a major developers’ group are seeking to intervene in a high-stakes lawsuit over a move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift permitting... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

Florida jobless claims below 16,000 last week

Marking a pandemic low, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated 15,903 first-time unemployment claims were filed last week in Florida. The estimate for the week that ended Feb. 27 was... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

‘Our tourism is still handicapped,' Gov. Ron DeSantis believes feds should let cruising resume

Gov. Ron DeSantis believes Florida’s economic recovery from COVID-19 could be better if the federal government would let cruise ship passengers decide if they want to take their chances on... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

Florida might limit local government control over new home designs

With the sponsor saying the proposal would help hold down housing costs, a House panel Wednesday approved a bill that would reduce the authority of local governments to place design... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

DeSantis order allows vaccines for ‘vulnerable' Floridians

After focusing almost exclusively since December on vaccinating seniors, Gov. Ron DeSantis has cleared the way for more people under age 65 to receive shots if they are “extremely vulnerable”... Read more »
Published on 3/1/2021

Floridians could get tax break to elevate homes under new proposals

Floridians would be asked to approve a tax break for people who elevate their homes to avoid the threat of flooding, while up to $100 million a year would be... Read more »
Published on 2/28/2021

Florida continues trend of weekly jobless claims at lowest point since start of pandemic

Continuing a trend, Florida last week posted its lowest total of first-time unemployment claims since the coronavirus pandemic exploded nearly a year ago. An estimated 16,100 new unemployment applications were... Read more »
Published on 2/25/2021

Florida expands vaccinations to teachers, cops

Marking a significant change in Florida’s vaccination strategy, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said teachers and law enforcement officers ages 50 and older will have access to COVID-19 vaccine doses... Read more »
Published on 2/23/2021

Ten big issues to watch during the 2021 session

The 2021 legislative session will start March 2, with Gov. Ron DeSantis giving the annual State of the State address. Lawmakers will take up a wide range of issues during... Read more »
Published on 2/23/2021

Florida House moves forward on health care liability protections for COVID

In a bipartisan vote, a House panel on Wednesday agreed to move forward with a bill that would make it harder to sue nursing homes, hospitals and physicians because of... Read more »
Published on 2/22/2021

U.S. Supreme Court hearing Florida-Georgia water war case

Florida contends that Georgia's water use has caused damage to the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay's signature oyster industry. Read more »
Published on 2/22/2021

Florida lawmakers consider healthcare cuts as hospitals battle pandemic

The havoc of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has strained health-care providers across the state, might not be enough to spare hospitals and nursing homes from Medicaid spending cuts in the... Read more »
Published on 2/19/2021

Internet sales tax collection bill clears Senate tax committee

An effort to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians advanced Thursday in the Senate as economists project the move could bring in more... Read more »
Published on 2/18/2021

Gov. DeSantis pushes for job growth funding

As state lawmakers face a revenue shortfall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration says a request for $50 million for business incentives wouldn’t have that large of an... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2021

Florida lawmakers warn schools they could lose millions if students don't show up

House Republican leaders in the upcoming budget will seek to base public school funding on “actual enrollment,” after the state made a change this year that helped bolster districts financially... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2021

After smooth election, Florida Senate considers changing vote by mail laws

After Florida has received widespread praise for its handling of the 2020 election, Republicans and Democrats clashed Tuesday as a Senate committee approved a bill that would require voters to... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2021

Business liability bill heads to Florida House floor

A high-profile bill that would provide COVID-19 liability protections to businesses moved through its final House committee Tuesday in a 14-7 vote, after heated partisan debate and procedural maneuvering. Before... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2021

Fight over vacation rentals in Florida revs up again

A years-long effort to block local governments from regulating vacation rentals is on the move again, as House and Senate leaders revive a proposal to prevent cities and counties from... Read more »
Published on 2/14/2021

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