January 29, 2020

Government/Politics & Law

Governor Martinez & Florida TaxWatch Release 2018 Governor's Transition Decision Handbook

This morning, Florida's premier nonpartisan government watchdog, Florida TaxWatch, released the fourth edition of the Governor's Transition Decision Handbook at a press conference. Read more »
Published on 10/30/2018

Heads he wins, tails he wins

It's uncertain whether Gov. Scott will get to appoint three replacement justices on the state Supreme Court. What is certain is that he's already had a hand in who'll be picked. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2018

President Trump signs bill authorizing resevoir south of Lake Okeechobee

Governor Scott said, “Over the past two years, I have fought tirelessly for the EAA Reservoir by signing Senate Bill 10 into law and going to Washington to advocate for this important project. This reservoir will help end the algal blooms on our coasts and today, with President Trump's action to approve our plan, I'm proud to say that our hard work has paid off and resulted in another big win for Florida families. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2018

Gov. Scott Appeals Major Medical Marijuana Ruling

Less than three hours before a 5 p.m. deadline, Gov. Rick Scott's administration Friday filed a notice to appeal a Tallahassee judge's order that struck down a 2017 medical marijuana law as unconstitutional. Read more »
Published on 10/23/2018

NHTSA directs driverless shuttle to stop transporting school children in Florida

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a letter directing Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in the Babcock Ranch community in Southwest Florida on the EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle. Read more »
Published on 10/23/2018

Secretary Detzner Outlines Plan for Voters in Counties Severely Impacted by Hurricane Michael

Extends Early Voting & Vote-By-Mail Options for Hurricane Survivors while Protecting Election Integrity Read more »
Published on 10/18/2018

Baker McKenzie Chooses Tampa for Global Center, Set to Create 300+ Jobs

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced plans for a new Center in Tampa, Florida in the United States, which will create more than 300 new high-quality jobs. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2018

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Scammers, Crooked Contractors are Already Preying on Families After Hurricane Michael

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis warned that scammers and crooked contractors are already out, preying on families in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Read more »
Published on 10/16/2018

Florida's Emergency Bridge Loan Program available for small businesses damaged by Hurricane Michael

Today, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during Hurricane Michael. The application period opened today and runs through December 7, 2018. Read more »
Published on 10/12/2018

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers stay overnight in Governor's Mansion en route to Gulf Coast

Post-Hurricane Michael, Florida's Governor's Mansion to be used as a law enforcement shelter for as long as necessary. Read more »
Published on 10/12/2018

President Trump declares major disaster in Florida as state responds to Hurricane Michael

Today, following Governor Rick Scott's request, President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Michael. Read more »
Published on 10/11/2018

Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Michael

Activates 500 Florida National Guard Troops Read more »
Published on 10/8/2018

Gov. Scott: DEP to Provide $3 Million for Red Tide on Florida's East Coast

Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering $3 million in grants to St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to help mitigate the effects of red tide. DEP and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have been in contact with each impacted county to ensure they have every resource needed to combat red tide. Read more »
Published on 10/5/2018

Florida TaxWatch: 2018 Voter Guide to Florida's Constitutional Amendments

In November, Floridians will vote on 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. As part of its mission to improve taxpayer understanding and government accountability, Florida's premier nonpartisan government watchdog has released the 2018 Voter Guide to Florida's Constitutional Amendments. Read more »
Published on 10/4/2018

Telemundo 51 Hosts First Senate Debate Between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott

Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott clashed on everything from gun control to the economy and even the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh during their first Senate debate hosted by Telemundo 51 Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. The exclusive debate aired in Spanish on Telemundo 51 and online on Telemundo51.com, and in English on NBC6.com. Below is the full English version. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2018

Consumer Alert: $655 Million of Unclaimed Property in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis' office currently holds more than two million unclaimed property accounts valued at over $655 million in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Florida consumers can claim their money at any time, at no cost. Read more »
Published on 10/1/2018

New laws that are in effect in Florida as of October 1, 2018

The following are new laws that are in effect in Florida as of October 1, 2018: Read more »
Published on 10/1/2018

New Florida TaxWatch research shows Amendment 1 will likely increase, not lower, taxes for all Floridians

A new report released today by Florida TaxWatch calls for a “no” vote on Amendment 1. The report shows the measure will likely increase taxes for most Floridians, including those with homes valued $100,000 or less, if approved by voters in November. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

$148 Million Settlement Reached with Uber for Data Breach

Florida will receive $8,246,606. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

Florida Awarded More Than $50 Million to Fight National Opioid Crisis

Today, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to begin utilizing a new federal grant to increase access to medication-assisted treatment, reduce opioid-related deaths and equip professionals with the necessary tools to combat the national opioid epidemic in Florida. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2018

Nelson Takes Lead In Critical Florida U.S. Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Are Key To Democrat's Lead

In the Florida U.S. Senate race, which could be critical to control of the Senate this year, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson moves into a 53 - 46 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2018

DEO Launches Rebuild Florida, providing $616 Million to Help Floridians Repair and Rebuild Homes Damaged by Hurricane Irma

On Monday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) launched Rebuild Florida, a long-term recovery effort, which will provide $616 million to help Florida families whose homes were significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma repair or rebuild their homes. Read more »
Published on 9/25/2018

Nearly $2.2 Million Investment to Expand Mote Marine Laboratory Ozone Systems, Clay Testing Combating Red Tide

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the State of Florida will direct a $2,178,000 investment to test innovative technologies to mitigate the effects of red tide utilizing specialized clay field experiments and other innovative approaches for controlling and mitigating the impacts of red tide including expansion of Mote Marine Laboratory's Ozone Treatment System. Read more »
Published on 9/25/2018

SFWMD Issues Environmental Resource Permit Clearing Path for Alico To Deliver Water Storage Project in Caloosahatchee Watershed

District issues permit for private landowner project that stores 92,000 acre-feet of water on an annual average basis, including flows from the Caloosahatchee River Read more »
Published on 9/24/2018

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Pinellas Businesses impacted by Red Tide

SBA Business Recovery Center to open on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11:00 a.m. Read more »
Published on 9/24/2018

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