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Andrew Gillum Will Pay a $5,000 Ethics Fine

Andrew Gillum's ethics hearing took months to get under way, but on Wednesday when it was due to begin, it was already done and dusted.
 

Finally, AOB Reform Bill Heads to an Eager DeSantis

April 24, 2019 - 5:45pm
Bob Rommel

After a fierce lobbying battle that included arguments about insurance rates and “bad actors,” the Florida Senate on Wednesday approved an overhaul of the insurance practice known as assignment of benefits.

The 25-14 vote sends the measure (HB 7065) to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who quickly issued a statement saying he will sign it. Passage of the bill was a major victory for insurers and business groups, which have argued that “AOB” abuses and excessive litigation have driven up homeowners’ insurance premiums.

AARP Names Florida as an Age-Friendly State

April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Florida has become the fourth state to join the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. 

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Jane Castor Elected to Lead Tampa into 2023

April 24, 2019 - 7:00am
Jane Castor, right, accepts congratulations

Former Police Chief Jane Castor rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in Tampa’s mayoral runoff, making history as the city's first openly gay mayor. 

House Back Tougher Texting-While-Driving Ban

April 24, 2019 - 7:00am

Law-enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving, under a measure approved Tuesday by the House despite concerns the change could increase racial profiling.

However, the Senate is set to vote Wednesday on a different proposal that would only allow motorists to use hands-free wireless devices when they are traveling on Florida roads, a restriction that House leaders haven’t supported.

DeSantis Says Gambling Deal Could Be a 'Lift'

April 24, 2019 - 7:00am
Ron DeSantis

With time already an enemy, Gov. Ron DeSantis injected more uncertainty Tuesday into a gambling deal reached by a Senate Republican leader and a representative of the Seminole Tribe, saying its passage would be a “legislative lift” with less than two weeks remaining in the annual session.

“There’s a lot of stuff to go through,” DeSantis told reporters Tuesday morning. “I’d like to get a deal, but at the same time I’ve got to make sure that what we’re doing is right for Florida.”

Rubio Agrees, Feds Should Pony Up 90 Percent of Michael Recovery Costs

April 24, 2019 - 7:00am
Marco Rubio in the Panhandle

Florida’s senior senator on Capitol Hill is going to bat for Gov. Ron Descants' proposal for the federal government to assume more of the costs to help North Florida recover from Hurricane Michael. 

On Friday, Descants wrote President Donald Trump on the matter, urging him to make the federal government pay 90 percent of recovery costs instead of the current 75 percent. Descants noted that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reclassified Hurricane Michael 5 as a category 5 storm last week. 

Senate Says 'Yes' to Implementing Stoneman Douglas Commission Recommendations

April 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 7030, which implements the legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, including the ability of eligible teachers who volunteer to carry guns. 

Francis Rooney: EPA Should Not Change Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm
Francis Rooney

This week, a congressman from Florida insisted a recent decision from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undermining public health. 

Back at the end of December, the EPA proposed revising the Supplemental Cost Finding for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and the Clean Air Act-required “risk and technology review.”

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