Nov 9, 2021

Recreational pot initiative tops $300,000

A political committee backing a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana use raised $307,522 in October, with $250,000 coming from the medical-marijuana company Trulieve, according to a newly filed finance report.

Nov 9, 2021

Fried touts infrastructure bill, DeSantis raises doubts

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday touted as “a big deal” billions of dollars headed to Florida for roads, bridges, airports and expanding broadband service in rural areas as part of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on President Joe Biden’s desk.

Nov 9, 2021

Board to take up federal education complaint

The State Board of Education has scheduled a meeting next week to consider a U.S. Department of Education complaint seeking to prevent Florida from withholding funds from school districts that received federal money to cover school board members’ salaries.

Nov 8, 2021

Florida seeks stay of vaccination requirements

Florida, Georgia and Alabama asked a federal appeals court Monday to put on hold a Biden administration rule that would require tens of millions of workers nationwide to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Nov 8, 2021

Special session proposals take aim at mandates

The Florida House and Senate on Monday rolled out proposals for a special legislative session next week that will focus on opposing COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates.

Nov 8, 2021

DeSantis opens 2022 campaign account

Gov. Ron DeSantis has filed paperwork to formally launch his 2022 re-election campaign. DeSantis opened a campaign account Friday that is a key initial step in running, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Nov 8, 2021

Gasoline prices down slightly

It was a little cheaper last week for Florida motorists to fill up their gas tanks. The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the state Sunday was $3.28, down from about $3.31 a week earlier, the AAA auto club said Monday.

Nov 3, 2021

Proposal targets school safety compliance

A measure filed Wednesday seeks to bolster enforcement power of the state education commissioner and State Board of Education on school-safety issues.

Nov 3, 2021

State gets another bump in tax revenues

Florida budget writers got some good news Wednesday, as general-revenue tax collections topped expectations for September by 15.7 percent, due in part to people continuing to spend down savings amassed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov 2, 2021

Democrats criticize special session on vaccination mandates

Democrats expressed opposition Tuesday to a special session ordered by Gov. Ron DeSantis to push back against requirements that workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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