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Backroom Briefing: Concealed Carry Could Stay Put

February 8, 2019 - 9:00am

Florida’s most influential gun-rights lobbyist says don’t move --- at least for now --- the state’s concealed-weapons licensing program from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

But in a thin olive branch to Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer in a letter posted online Tuesday also made clear she and the other concealed-carry permit holders in the state --- there were 1.95 million as of Jan. 15 --- will be watching how Fried handles the high-profile program.

Panama City's Trumbull Files 41 Bills in One Day for Hurricane-Ravaged Panhandle

February 7, 2019 - 6:00am

Rep. Jay Trumbull is casting a wide net in search of money for his storm-ravaged Panhandle district.

As House members continued to submit projects to be considered for the state’s 2019-2020 budget, Trumbull on Tuesday submitted 41 bills --- worth a total of $253 million --- all with an eye on Hurricane Michael recovery.

Trumbull, a Panama City Republican who represents most of hard-hit Bay County, called it “a good start.”

$625 Million of DeSantis' Budget Proposal Will Go to Everglades and Other Water Efforts

January 30, 2019 - 9:30am

Water protection and restoration projects, including the fight against red tide and the continued cleanup of the Everglades, will account for $625 million of a proposed budget that Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will roll out Friday for state lawmakers to consider.

DeSantis on Tuesday outlined part of his environmental budget proposal during an appearance at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center in Naples. He also named Chauncey Goss and Ron Bergeron to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board.

Lawmakers to Look Again at Job Growth Fund

January 29, 2019 - 6:00am

An economic-development fund created as a compromise after a battle between former Gov. Rick Scott and House leaders could be short-lived.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said a close look is warranted at the $85-million-a-year Job Growth Grant Fund, which was passed by the Legislature in 2017.

“I’ve always had some concerns about the parameters of that money,” Bradley told reporters last week.

Ethics Officials Slap Andrew Gillum with 'Probable Cause' He Accepted Gifts

January 25, 2019 - 3:30pm
Andrew Gillum and Adam Corey on a NYC boat ride

State ethics officials have found probable cause that former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost the governor’s race last year and continues to draw national political attention, violated Florida ethics laws by accepting gifts from lobbyists.

Feds Boost Money for Hurricane Debris Removal

January 25, 2019 - 6:00am
Gov. Ron DeSantis in Marianna Thursday

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in Marianna Thursday the White House is extending the number of days debris cleanup from Hurricane Michael will be fully reimbursed by the federal government.

Next Steps Eyed in Fight Against Water Woes

January 24, 2019 - 6:00am
Holly Raschein

Local governments have spent $17.3 million the state provided to combat outbreaks of red tide and toxic blue-green algae, which have caused massive fish kills and fouled waters in coastal areas for more than a year.

DeSantis Yanks Dozens of Appointments

January 19, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday rescinded 46 of the last-minute appointments former Gov. Rick Scott, now a member of the U.S. Senate, made in his final days in office.

Backroom Briefing: From the Sea of Galilee to North Adams Street

January 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Gov. Ron and Mason DeSantis

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.

Hurricane Debris Remains 'Huge, Huge Undertaking'

January 17, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis, CFO Jimmy Patronis, and FEMA's Brock Long in the Panhandle Wednesday

Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the state Division of Emergency Management to speed money to Panhandle communities that are being swamped financially by “massive” amounts of debris from Hurricane Michael.

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