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Feb 14, 2021

CDC school guidance may have little effect in Florida

New guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic might not change anything in Florida, as state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is urging districts to “stay the course.”

Feb 14, 2021

Data needed for redistricting delayed

Blaming coronavirus-related delays, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that data Florida lawmakers will use to redraw legislative and congressional boundaries won’t be delivered until September.

Feb 12, 2021

Unemployment claims down but future’s uncertain

Florida posted its lowest weekly total of first-time unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic, despite mounting issues confronting the travel industry.

Feb 12, 2021

House seeks to tie school money to enrollment

House Republican leaders in the upcoming budget will seek to base public school funding on “actual enrollment,” after the state made a change this year that helped bolster districts financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 11, 2021

Money sought for concealed weapons background checks

With a surge in people seeking concealed-weapons licenses, a legislative panel next week will consider approving an additional $4.34 million for processing background checks.

Feb 10, 2021

Judge sides with Iguanaland in license fight

An administrative law judge could help give a reprieve to Iguanaland. Judge Jodi-Ann Livingstone on Wednesday ruled that state wildlife officials should not have denied a license renewal for Iguanaland, a Charlotte County reptile facility.

Feb 10, 2021

Vacation rental fight revs up again

A years-long effort to block local governments from regulating vacation rentals is on the move again, as House and Senate leaders revive a proposal to prevent cities and counties from inspecting and licensing properties offered on platforms such as Airbnb.

Feb 10, 2021

COVID-19 legal protections for health industry backed

A measure that would provide broad immunity to nursing homes, hospitals and physicians from coronavirus-related lawsuits moved through a Florida Senate committee Wednesday, despite warnings from Democrats that the legislation would prevent people from pursuing legitimate claims.

Feb 8, 2021

Florida vaccine totals top $2 million

More than 2 million people in Florida have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with most ages 65 and older, according to numbers released Monday by the state Department of Health.

Feb 8, 2021

House, Senate roll out different bills for health-care protections

Lawmakers are poised this year to pass legislation to protect health-care providers and other types of businesses from lawsuits related to COVID-19.

But while the House and Senate unveiled identical bills for non-health care businesses, their proposals aren’t the same when it comes to legal protections for long-term care providers, hospitals, physicians and other parts of the health-care industry.

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