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Session to open without COVID-19 restrictions

January 4, 2022
Legislative leaders are monitoring the spike in coronavirus cases across Florida but haven’t made plans to reimpose restrictions on public access that were used during the 2021 session.

GOP lawmakers seek to restrict ballot initiatives

January 4, 2022
Two Republican lawmakers filed proposals Monday that would restrict subjects that could be included in ballot initiatives. Sen. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, and Rep. Mike Beltran, R-Lithia, filed the …

Head Start vaccination mandate blocked

January 3, 2022
A federal judge has blocked a Biden administration rule that would require staff members at Head Start preschool centers in Florida to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Florida unemployment claims at pre-pandemic levels

January 3, 2022
First-time unemployment claims in Florida rolled in last month at a pace similar to the period before the coronavirus pandemic pounded the economy.

By the Numbers: November home prices

December 30, 2021
A report released by the industry group Florida Realtors shows the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in November was $364,900, up 19.6 percent from the previous year.

University System Officials Urge Masks, Vaccinations

December 29, 2021
Saying it is “clear the pandemic is not over,” top university system officials are asking students and employees to wear masks on campus and get booster shots to protect against COVID-19 as the sp…

10 Things DeSantis Wants in 2022 Session

December 28, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis recently released a $99.7 billion budget blueprint for the 2022 legislative session and has touted a series of other proposals.

Florida, Texas see largest population increases

December 27, 2021
Florida trailed only Texas in population increases from 2020 to 2021, while the nation had the slowest growth rate in its history, according to information released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Burea…

By the Numbers: COVID-19 cases surge

December 27, 2021
The Florida Department of Health released a report Friday that reflected a surge in COVID-19 cases this month. Here are totals of new cases for the past 10 weeks: — Week starting Oct. 15: 15,29…

Longtime corrections leader Wainwright dies

December 23, 2021
Louie Wainwright, a longtime leader of Florida’s corrections system whose name is on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright, died Thursday in Tallahassee. He was 98.
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