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HURRICANE SEASON ARRIVES AFTER 2016 WAKEUP CALL
After ending an 11-year stormless streak in 2016, Florida enters its annual hurricane season on...

TUESDAY MAY 30, 2017 Read More >



QUALIFYING STARTS FOR ARTILES SENATE SEAT
An abbreviated qualifying period started Tuesday morning for a special election to replace Miami...

TUESDAY MAY 30, 2017 Read More >



SCHOOL BOARD POINTS TO CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS IN CHARTER CASE
Saying the issue is about “constitutional balance,” the Palm Beach County School Board has filed...

TUESDAY MAY 30, 2017 Read More >



WEEKLY ROUNDUP: RIPPLE EFFECT
Recap and analysis of the week in state government

FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT SETS SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA HOUSE SEAT
Gov. Rick Scott on Friday scheduled a special election to fill the Central Florida House seat of...

FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017 Read More >



RUBIO, NELSON SEEK MORE FEDERAL JUDGES FOR FLORIDA
Florida would get 11 new federal district court judges under legislation filed this week by...

FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT SIGNS PACKAGE OF TAX BREAKS
Gov. Rick Scott signed a tax-cut package Thursday that --- while vastly scaled back from what he...

THURSDAY MAY 25, 2017 Read More >



SENATE SPECIAL ELECTION DRAWS ANOTHER DEMOCRAT
With a two-day qualifying period starting Tuesday, the special election to replace former state...

THURSDAY MAY 25, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT VETOES BILL TO TEAR DOWN `LIQUOR WALL'
Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a...

WEDNESDAY MAY 24, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT GETS TERRORISM, TRANSPORTATION BILLS
A measure to create statewide criminal offenses for terrorism and a wide-ranging transportation...

WEDNESDAY MAY 24, 2017 Read More >



PALM BEACH BOARD CHALLENGES CHARTER SCHOOL LAW
The Palm Beach County School Board has taken a first step in asking the Florida Supreme Court to...

WEDNESDAY MAY 24, 2017 Read More >



JUDGE REJECTS CHALLENGE TO SILVER SPRINGS STANDARDS
An administrative law judge Wednesday sided with the St. Johns River Water Management District in...

WEDNESDAY MAY 24, 2017 Read More >



`CAT FUND' HEALTHY HEADING INTO HURRICANE SEASON
The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is in its strongest financial position ever as the state...

TUESDAY MAY 23, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT SIGNS PUBLIC RECORDS, BOATING SAFETY BILLS
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed 16 bills into law, including a measure stemming from a debate...

TUESDAY MAY 23, 2017 Read More >



ATWATER EXIT AWAITS BUDGET ACTION
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Tuesday he is waiting for action on the state...

TUESDAY MAY 23, 2017 Read More >



CABINET BACKS OKEECHOBEE, HIGHLANDS LAND DEALS
Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed Tuesday, with little comment, to spend about...

TUESDAY MAY 23, 2017 Read More >



TEMPORARY PROTECTIONS EXTENDED FOR HAITIANS
Temporary “protected status” has been extended for another six months for thousands of Haitians...

MONDAY MAY 22, 2017 Read More >



WILDFIRE RISKS REMAIN HIGH IN PARTS OF FLORIDA
Though parts of Florida got rain over the weekend, numerous counties in North Florida, Central...

MONDAY MAY 22, 2017 Read More >



'LOCAL' BILLS TEED UP FOR SCOTT
The potential for a new municipality in Martin County, a change in board-membership requirements...

MONDAY MAY 22, 2017 Read More >



DEMOCRAT TAKES FIRST STEP TO RUN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
Hillsborough County Democrat Ryan C. Torrens has opened a campaign account to run for attorney...

MONDAY MAY 22, 2017 Read More >



RURAL LANDS PROGRAM COULD RUN SHORT OF CASH
Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet could spend about $8.5 million next week to conserve...

FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017 Read More >



JOBLESS RATE IMPROVES AMID SCOTT WARNINGS
Gov. Rick Scott on Friday continued to warn Florida's economic growth could be hindered by...

FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT READY TO CONSIDER BP SETTLEMENT PLAN
A proposal to open the tap on BP oil-spill settlement money for Northwest Florida counties hard...

FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017 Read More >



BACKROOM BRIEFING: DIFFERENT MAPS, SAME DESTINATION
Weekly political notes from The News Service of Florida

THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017 Read More >



TAX CUT PACKAGE GOES TO SCOTT
The Legislature's $91.6 million tax-cut package for next fiscal year was formally sent to Gov...

THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017 Read More >



CORRECTIONS HONORS EMPLOYEES WHO DIED IN LINE OF DUTY
With department Secretary Julie Jones saying each name “represents a hero,” the Florida...

THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017 Read More >



FORMER SCOTT AIDE A FINALIST FOR TRANSPORTATION CHIEF
Michael Dew, a former aide to Gov. Rick Scott, was added Wednesday to a short list of candidates...

WEDNESDAY MAY 17, 2017 Read More >



STATE CHALLENGED OVER TRAUMA CENTER REJECTION
A St. Petersburg hospital is challenging a state Department of Health decision blocking it from...

WEDNESDAY MAY 17, 2017 Read More >



CABINET WEIGHS HIGHLANDS CONSERVATION PLAN
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week will consider a proposal to spend $1.58 million...

WEDNESDAY MAY 17, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT NAMES LONGTIME AIDE AS CHIEF OF STAFF
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday named communications director Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who has worked...

TUESDAY MAY 16, 2017 Read More >



RED-LIGHT CAMERA CHALLENGE SHORT-CIRCUITED
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to the validity of a Pinellas County...

TUESDAY MAY 16, 2017 Read More >



CABINET CONSIDERS NEARLY $7 MILLION LAND DEAL
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week are expected to consider a nearly $7 million...

TUESDAY MAY 16, 2017 Read More >



LAWMAKERS TIE POLICY CHANGES TO BUDGET
Florida legislative leaders stirred a controversy in the closing days of the annual legislative...

MONDAY MAY 15, 2017 Read More >



GARCIA WON'T SEEK MIAMI-DADE CONGRESSIONAL SEAT
Longtime state lawmaker Rene Garcia said Monday he won't run next year for a Miami-Dade County...

MONDAY MAY 15, 2017 Read More >



RAIN DOES LITTLE TO DAMPEN FIRE THREAT
Rain over the weekend helped slow the growth of wildfires in some parts of Florida, but other...

MONDAY MAY 15, 2017 Read More >



WEEKLY ROUNDUP: A RETURN TICKET?
Recap and analysis of the week in state government

FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017 Read More >



STATE, DISTRICTS LOOK TO SCUTTLE `OPT OUT' CASE
The state Department of Education and school districts are asking the Florida Supreme Court to...

FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017 Read More >



FIREFIGHTING REINFORCEMENTS COMING FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
With Florida grappling with more than 135 active wildfires, it is getting some help from South...

FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017 Read More >



NEGRON SEEKS INPUT AMID SPECIAL SESSION CLAMOR
Amid growing demands for a special session on medical marijuana and harsh criticism of lawmakers'...

THURSDAY MAY 11, 2017 Read More >



GRAHAM OUTRAISES GILLUM IN APRIL
As the Democratic primary for governor starts to take shape, a committee tied to former...

THURSDAY MAY 11, 2017 Read More >



FORMER LAWMAKER TO SEEK ARTILES SENATE SEAT
Former state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan has joined Democratic contenders in a special election for a...

THURSDAY MAY 11, 2017 Read More >



PUTNAM RETURNS TO ROOTS TO START GOVERNOR'S RACE
Standing in front of a huge Florida flag covering the stately pillars of a century-old county...

WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 2017 Read More >



`LIQUOR WALL,' BARAHONA BILLS GO TO SCOTT
A proposal to remove a Depression-era "wall" separating the sale of liquor and groceries and a...

WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 2017 Read More >



APPEALS COURT TO WEIGH WATER STANDARDS CASE
A Tallahassee-based appeals court will hear arguments June 14 in a dispute about controversial...

WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 2017 Read More >



BUDGET, SCHOOL CHANGES PASS AS LAWMAKERS HEAD HOME
The Florida Legislature overwhelmingly approved a state budget and ended the annual session...

TUESDAY MAY 9, 2017 Read More >



`LIP' MONEY MIGHT BE CLOSER TO $1 BILLION
While Gov. Rick Scott's administration has reached agreement with the federal government on as...

TUESDAY MAY 9, 2017 Read More >



GILLUM STEPS INTO HEALTH INSURANCE DEBATE
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate for governor, called Tuesday for the...

TUESDAY MAY 9, 2017 Read More >



SESSION ROUNDUP: ALL OVER BUT THE BUDGET
Recap and analysis of the 2017 legislative session

MONDAY MAY 8, 2017 Read More >



VACATION RENTAL REGULATION MEASURE DIES
After narrowly passing the House, a plan that would have limited the ability of local governments...

MONDAY MAY 8, 2017 Read More >



SCOTT SCHEDULES SPECIAL ELECTION TO REPLACE ARTILES
With candidates already preparing for the race, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday scheduled a special...

MONDAY MAY 8, 2017 Read More >



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