Jan 19, 2021

Online sales tax collection goes to state senate committee

A proposal that would require more online sellers to collect Florida sales taxes and turn the money over to the state will appear Monday before the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.

Jan 19, 2021

By the numbers: COVID vaccinations by age

Through Sunday, Florida totaled 1,031,795 COVID-19 vaccinations. Gov. Ron DeSantis has focused heavily on vaccinating people ages 65 and older. Here is a breakdown of vaccinations by age group:

— Ages 16 to 24: 18,053

Jan 17, 2021

Senator seeks regular cabinet meetings

Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, wants the governor to call Cabinet meetings at least once every two months.

Jan 17, 2021

Florida tops 24,000 resident COVID-19 deaths

With a surge of 1,200 reported COVID-19 deaths during the past week, Florida on Saturday exceeded 24,000 resident deaths since the pandemic started last year.

Jan 16, 2021

Emergency chief points finger at feds on vaccinations

The federal government is mostly to blame for what some people see as a slow distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Florida, state Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz told a House panel Thursday.

Jan 16, 2021

UPDATE: DeSantis mobilizes National Guard

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday evening activated the Florida National Guard to assist state and local law enforcement agencies, following FBI warnings of potentially violent protests in state capitals this weekend in advance of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Jan 15, 2021

Man accused in plot to confront capitol protesters

Federal prosecutors are accusing a Tallahassee man of plotting to “violently confront protesters” at the Florida Capitol on Sunday, as law-enforcement agencies brace for demonstrations in advance of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Jan 15, 2021

Biden rolls out sweeping pandemic relief plan

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday rolled out a sweeping $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan that, if adopted by Congress, would direct about $400 billion toward directly controlling the coronavirus.

It’s a big lift, even as Democrats prepare to assume a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate. And already some Republicans — including Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott — have questioned portions of the plan, especially the extra financial help for states. Scott said that, while there were some “good things” in the proposal, it would result in bailouts for “wasteful, liberal states.”

Jan 15, 2021

State’s COVID vaccine process under scrutiny

The state’s rocky rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations came under scrutiny this week, as Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees made the rounds of House and Senate committees.

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, chided Rivkees, saying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration hasn’t been open with the public about the effort to get shots in arms.

Jan 15, 2021

Tallahassee turned into ‘ghost town’

House and Senate committees this week kicked off meetings in advance of the 2021 legislative session, as a pandemic-created “new normal” transformed the Capitol and neighboring environs.

Adams Street, where restaurants, the members-only Governors Club and swanky offices are situated just steps from the Capitol, typically would have been abuzz.

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