Jan 26, 2021

Campus ‘intellectual freedom’ bill backed in Senate

A controversial Senate proposal that would require Florida state colleges and universities to survey students about “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” on campus cleared its first hurdle Tuesday.

What isn’t clear is what would be done with the survey data if the bill ultimately passes.

Jan 26, 2021

Hospitals told to look to health departments for vaccines

With frustrations mounting amid a constrained supply of COVID-19 vaccines, Florida’s top public-health official urged hospital executives on Tuesday to turn to county health departments if they need to vaccinate newly hired staff members and patients.

Jan 26, 2021

GOP lawmakers target big tech after Trump ban

Trying to return former President Donald Trump and other banned conservatives to social-media platforms, two Florida lawmakers filed proposals Tuesday that would prohibit state agencies and local governments from contracting with some tech-industry giants.

Jan 26, 2021

Citizens board approves 2021 rate hike recommendations

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Board of Governors on Tuesday approved a pair of rate hike recommendations that make Citizens rates more competitive with private insurance company policies to slow the flow of policyholders returning to the Florida’s insurer of last resort.

Jan 26, 2021

Business COVID-19 protections backed in Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a proposal that would give Florida businesses that “substantially” comply with public-health guidelines broad protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by customers and employees.

Jan 25, 2021

Citizens eyes rate hike, as insurance changes proposed

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could increase residential rates by an average of 7.2 percent this year, as the state-backed insurer contends with a flood of new policies and troubles in the private insurance market.

Jan 25, 2021

By the numbers: County unemployment rates

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday released a December unemployment report. Here are the county-by-county unemployment rates:

— Osceola County: 8.7 percent

— Miami-Dade County: 7.3 percent

Jan 24, 2021

Legislator proposes sales-tax holiday to prepare for disasters

A Senate Republican on Friday filed a bill that would provide a sales-tax “holiday” around the start of hurricane season for people who buy disaster-preparedness supplies.

Jan 23, 2021

Florida deaths top 25,000; Local two-county tally at 683

More than 25,000 Florida residents have died since the COVID-19 pandemic hit early last year, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Health.

The department reported a major increase Friday of 272 resident deaths, bringing the total to 25,011. Florida also passed another troubling milestone this week, when it topped 9,000 deaths of residents and staff members of long-term care facilities — with the vast majority involving seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Jan 22, 2021

Trump administration gives Medicaid gift to Florida

Former President Donald Trump’s administration gave Florida’s health-care system one last parting gift before he left office Wednesday to return to his adopted home state.

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