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Parents of public-school students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be able to request that children be retained in their current grade…

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TALLAHASSEE – Speaking at a private school in Jacksonville on the first day of Pride Month, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging…

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Florida lawmakers pass gambling deal with the Seminole tribe, but a court fight is likely.

The Florida Legislature had quite a time in its now concluded 60-day session—quite a time passing legislation that will hurt Florida and Floridians—after limiting public access to testimony. Public access, public comment and public protests hold governments accountable. When governments around the world restrict public participation, they can do whatever they want. Sadly, the 2021 […]

BY BOBBY CAINA CALVAN ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers moved closer to requiring transgender athletes to undergo testosterone or genetic testing — as well as submit to having their genitalia examined — to participate on sports teams in public schools and colleges. The proposal in Florida, was approved overwhelmingly Wednesday by the state’s Republican-led […]

BY JIM TURNER NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate on Wednesday backed starting to pay for critical repairs of a reservoir at a troubled former phosphate plant in Manatee County and bumped up proposed spending on affordable housing. The Senate made the decisions as it approved an initial $95 billion budget plan […]

BY KIRBY WILSON AND ANA CEBALLOS TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS TALLAHASSEE — The latest front in the culture wars has made its way to the Florida Legislature. Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing in school-sponsored girls’ sports, arguing that the integrity of gender-specific competition is at stake. Activists for […]

DeSantis’ address to lawmakers focuses on virus and other controversial issues BY JIM SAUNDERS NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis formally launched the 2021 legislative session March 2 with a State of the State address that touted the state’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic and touched on hot-button issues that lawmakers will […]

BY JIM SAUNDERS NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The 2021 legislative session will start March 2, with Gov. Ron DeSantis giving the annual State of the State address. Lawmakers will take up a wide range of issues during the 60-day session, along with negotiating a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Here are 10 […]