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August 14, 2018

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Lockheed Martin awarded $200 million contract to train special operations airmen

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract to provide comprehensive training support services for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), supporting schoolhouse operations for various crew positions across multiple mission design series aircraft, aircrew training and support for AFSOC Special Operation Forces (SOF) aircrews and assets. Read more »
Published on 3/16/2018

Rubio Introduces Bills to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation, the Sunshine Protection Act, that would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country. He also introduced the Sunshine... Read more »
Published on 3/14/2018

Florida Senate passes balanced budget focused on education, public safety, $3.3 billion reserves

$100 million for Florida Forever programs, state law enforcement and firefighter pay raise, increases personal needs allowance for nursing home residents Read more »
Published on 3/12/2018

Collaborative Effort Moves Florida Hurricane Recovery Forward

Florida recovery from Hurricane Irma continues to progress six months later due to private and public partnerships—and the hard work of survivors. Read more »
Published on 3/8/2018

Florida Senate passes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act

Critical public safety legislation establishes safeguards designed to enhance safety in schools Read more »
Published on 3/6/2018

Wider Approval

The FDA takes a broader approach to approving drug therapy. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Turning Back the Clock on Tax Assessments

A challenge to the way the Department of Revenue issues 'final assessments' on corporate taxes still reverberates. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Yesterday's Solutions for Florida's Transportation Problems

Why are officials insisting on yesterday's solutions to solve Florida's transportation problems? Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Gov. Scott Announces Major Action Plan to Keep Florida Students Safe Following Tragic Parkland Shooting

Today, I am announcing a major action plan. I will be working with the legislature aggressively over the next two weeks to get it done. This week we asked law enforcement leaders, education leaders, and health leaders from all over the state to drop what they were doing, clear their schedules, and immediately get up to Tallahassee for urgent conversations about what we can – and must do – to make our schools and communities safer. We must take care of our kids. Read more »
Published on 2/23/2018

Gov. Scott: We Must Have a Real Conversation About Keeping Students Safe

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will be organizing meetings with state and local leaders in Tallahassee next week to discuss ways to keep Florida students safe, including school safety improvements and keeping guns away from individuals struggling with mental illness. Governor Scott remains in Broward County and has continued to be briefed by law enforcement, emergency management, and local school officials. Additional details on next week's meetings will be announced in the coming days. Read more »
Published on 2/15/2018

Fracking Ban Bill Passes First Senate Committee

Despite early indications that a proposal to ban fracking in Florida would not advance in the current state legislative session, the bill passed its first senate committee Monday. Read more »
Published on 2/7/2018

Sen. Marco Rubio calls for investigations into illicit actions of "sober homes" in Florida

Washington, D.C. – As the nation's opioid epidemic continues to devastate American families and following reports of illicit actions by treatment homes and sober homes in Florida, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has urged Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Labor (DOL) Inspector General Scott Dahl, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General Daniel Levinson to coordinate efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Florida by investigating claims of kickbacks and false statements associated with federal health plans and private insurance plans. His specific request to each agency is below: Read more »
Published on 2/7/2018

Florida Supreme Court to begin Facebook Live broadcasts

More than 40 years ago the Florida Supreme Court issued a wide welcome to cameras in its courtroom. That welcome grows even broader this coming Thursday when Facebook Live broadcasts begin, making this one of the first courts in the world to use social media for official live video. Read more »
Published on 1/24/2018

Sen. Bill Nelson: Key administration official admits Florida is not “off the table” for drilling

At a House Natural Resources Committee last Friday, Walter Cruickshank, the Trump administration's director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), admitted during questioning that Florida is not “off the table” for offshore oil drilling. Read more »
Published on 1/22/2018

Gov. Scott: Florida Businesses Created Nearly 30,000 Private-Sector Jobs in December

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses created nearly 30,000 private-sector jobs in December. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,497,100 jobs, including nearly 205,000 jobs created in 2017. Read more »
Published on 1/19/2018

ICE, 17 FL sheriffs announce new enforcement partnership

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced 17 Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA) with various Florida sheriffs that aim to prevent the release of criminal aliens back into the community. Read more »
Published on 1/18/2018

Gov. Rick Scott: Two Years of Louisiana Tax Increases Makes Florida Better Destination for Business

Gov. Scott to Tell Louisiana Business Owners to Move to Florida Read more »
Published on 1/17/2018

Sen. Bill Nelson: This is too important

Letter from Sen. Bill Nelson, sent on Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Read more »
Published on 1/11/2018

From Gov. Scott's Office: Florida Leaders Applaud Governor Scott's Fight to Protect Florida's Coastline

Yesterday, following Governor Rick Scott's meeting with United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Department of the Interior announced that Florida's coastline has been removed from consideration for future oil drilling. Last week, Governor Scott requested to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss his concerns with the federal oil drilling plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration. Here's what Florida leaders are saying: Read more »
Published on 1/11/2018

Gov. Scott Fought to Protect Florida's Coastline

Following Governor Rick Scott's meeting with United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Department of the Interior announced that Florida's coastline has been removed from consideration for future oil drilling. Read more »
Published on 1/10/2018

Rubio Statement on Trump Administration's Proposal to Consider Offshore Drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after the Interior Department released its draft 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing: Read more »
Published on 1/4/2018

Nelson vows to fight Trump administration's offshore oil drilling plan

Following is statement from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on the Trump administration's plan to open up nearly all federal waters to offshore oil drilling – including the eastern Gulf of Mexico and areas off Florida's Atlantic coast: Read more »
Published on 1/4/2018

Gov. Scott urges north Florida families to prepare for severe cold weather

Today, following a briefing by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), Governor Rick Scott urged Florida residents, visitors and businesses in North Florida to prepare for extreme cold weather conditions, including potential snow, sleet or ice accumulations, as a severe weather system moves into the area tonight. Read more »
Published on 1/3/2018

Juvenile arrests in Florida drop to historic 42-year low

Governor Rick Scott announced that the number of juvenile arrests continued to decline in 2016-2017 according to the latest delinquency report released by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Read more »
Published on 12/29/2017

Proposed opioid funding, reforms circulating through Florida legislature

Several proposals to combat the opioid epidemic are circulating through the Florida House and Senate. They include $50 million in funding for resources, and a three-day limit on prescribed opioids, unless strict conditions are met for a seven-day supply. Read more »
Published on 12/27/2017

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