Florida Legislators

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

Florida legislators will not meet in session again until March 5, 2019, but many lobbying groups are already getting their legislative priorities in order, including the Santa Rosa County School Board. The board approved lobbyist agency Rutledge Ecenia, PA for another term June 21 during its first official meeting at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. Read […]

Last-minute push to get insurance measure passed

Last-minute push to get insurance measure passed

After a pipe broke and leaked water into her home, Darleen Masturzo of Davenport, Florida, said she was forced out for months by a contract company abusing its power on her behalf. Masturzo said the company came in making promises to handle everything and asked Masturzo to sign a contract right away. Read the full […]

Spread of ‘Old Stinky’ in Tiger Point questioned

Spread of ‘Old Stinky’ in Tiger Point questioned

  The proposed expansion of the sewer plant at Tiger Point Golf Club won’t be quite as inexpensive as City of Gulf Breeze leaders have projected, area residents learned this week. Adding on to the plant, known as “Old Stinky” to owners of houses near the golf course, will cost an estimated $17.6 million, according […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

FLORIDA HOUSE POISED TO BAN ‘SANCTUARY CITY’ POLICIES ACROSS FLORIDA The bill debated Thursday on the full floor intends to force local officials into complying with federal authorities and threatens those who refuse to do so with hefty penalties and a potential oust from office. Florida would be able to withhold state funding from local […]

Tuition, graduation and the ever-present bottom line

Tuition, graduation and the ever-present bottom line

Florida legislators in the House and Senate are taking a long, hard look at the state’s college and university system. Legislation in both arms of the Capitol could change not only how the state’s schools of higher learning are funded, but how the students are billed and funded, too. Read the full article in the […]

Hot car bill passes Senate

Hot car bill passes Senate

Florida senators passed a bill on Thursday that will allow the rescue of unattended vulnerable pets or people from hot cars in the summer without civil liability. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office receives several calls each summer about pets trapped in hot cars and left unattended. To read the full article, click HERE to subscribe […]

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

Florida’s unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling said that the state’s sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death […]