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Florida homeowners caught up in the fight against citrus canker finally getting millions the state owes them

Florida homeowners caught up in the fight against citrus canker finally getting millions the state owes them

In 2006, after hundreds of millions of dollars and more than two decades, Florida officially ended its ambitious war on citrus canker.Final bills are just now coming due.This week, the state started paying tens of thousands of south Florida property ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
On medical marijuana, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to heed the will of voters

On medical marijuana, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to heed the will of voters

WINTER PARK — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he has asked the Legislature to change the law to allow smoking medical marijuana. If it doesn’t by mid March, he’ll drop the state’s appeal of a court decision that says...
Updated: 9 hours ago
After DeSantis’ son was baptized, cleaning crew tossed out leftover water from Israel

After DeSantis’ son was baptized, cleaning crew tossed out leftover water from Israel

When Gov. Ron DeSantis makes his first international trip to Israel, he plans to tout Florida but also will have a chance to get a new supply of water — and probably will do a better labeling job.Water from the Sea of Galilee that DeSantis and ...
Published: 01/17/19
Florida is taking applications — again — for a new banking regulator

Florida is taking applications — again — for a new banking regulator

Florida’s Cabinet is reopening the search for a new banking regulator, just months after dozens of people applied without anyone being picked.Former Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet opened applications last summer, after Chief Financial Officer ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rick Scott sides with Trump on lifting Russia sanctions; Marco Rubio doesn’t

Rick Scott sides with Trump on lifting Russia sanctions; Marco Rubio doesn’t

Florida’s two Republican U.S. Senators split Wednesday on whether to block President Donald Trump’s plan to lift sanctions against a Russian oligarch described in reports as an ally of Vladimir Putin.Sen. Marco Rubio joined 10 Republicans...
Published: 01/16/19
Updated: 01/17/19
Smith: Alexander Hamilton is smiling on Ron DeSantis

Smith: Alexander Hamilton is smiling on Ron DeSantis

Florida’s youngest ever governor is a news juggernaut.Ron DeSantis has been in office less than 10 days and it feels like a month given all his activity: Naming two Supreme Court justices. Righting a racial injustice that languished 70 years be...
Published: 01/16/19
State Board of Education eyes changes to school safety law, bullying scholarship

State Board of Education eyes changes to school safety law, bullying scholarship

The State Board of Education had its first and only meeting before the Legislative session begins in March and the board members indicated that they hope lawmakers revisit some of the most heated issues in education.School safety was constantly menti...
Published: 01/16/19
Rick Scott backs bill to pay Coast Guard members during government shut down

Rick Scott backs bill to pay Coast Guard members during government shut down

Sen. Rick Scott is co-sponsoring a bill that would exempt members of the U.S. Coast Guard during the ongoing government shut down as well as future budget battles.It’s the first bill Scott has co-sponsored since joining the Senate on Jan. 9....
Published: 01/16/19
Red warning stickers on prescription opioids focus of Florida legislation

Red warning stickers on prescription opioids focus of Florida legislation

Florida lawmakers continue to respond to the state’s opioid epidemic, with Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, filing a bill Tuesday that, among other things, would require pharmacists to place red warning stickers on prescription drug bottles contain...
Published: 01/16/19
Shutdown leaves Florida SNAP recipients, food banks in need

Shutdown leaves Florida SNAP recipients, food banks in need

Despite the federal government shutdown, the 2.9 million Floridians who receive federal food assistance will get through February with an early allotment to stock up on groceries, but the shutdown has created a whole new group of people who aren̵...
Published: 01/15/19
Updated: 01/17/19