Latest Florida state government News

Florida prosecutor vows to fight Gov. DeSantis suspension

Aug. 07, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

ST. PETERSURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor vowed Sunday to fight his suspension from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis over his promise not to enforce the state's 15-week abortion ban and support for gender transition treatments for minors. Andrew Warren, a Democrat suspended last...

Black farmers feel left out of medical marijuana system

Aug. 07, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Nearly six years ago, the Florida Legislature set aside a medical marijuana license for a Black farmer like John Allen to join the burgeoning industry. But the license still has not been issued by the Florida Department of Health, which regulates the...

Florida governor appoints new Supreme Court justice

Aug. 05, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday appointed Palm Beach County Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court. The Republican governor announced Francis' appointment to the conservative-controlled Supreme Court at a news conference in West Palm Beach....

DeSantis suspends elected prosecutor over new abortion law

Aug. 04, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the elected state prosecutor of Tampa on Thursday for pledging not to enforce the state's new 15-week abortion ban and for supporting gender transition treatments for minors. The Republican governor announced the...

Florida death could be 20th in US caused by Takata air bags

Aug. 04, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Florida man who was killed in a traffic crash last month could be the 20th death in the U.S. caused by exploding Takata air bag inflators. Authorities say the driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck was killed in a crash last month near Pensacola, Florida. The...

State worker, consultant plead guilty in bribery scheme

Aug. 03, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former state child welfare worker and a substance abuse consultant pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a bribery scheme in South Florida. Alexandra Alia Cadet, 31, of West Palm Beach, and Shannel Simone Escoffery, 34, of Coral Springs,...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 03, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 28, 2022. Editorial: Public campaign financing: A good idea corrupted by big money Gov. Ron DeSantis has nearly $130 million in the bank from private contributors and the Republican Party to help him run for re-election this fall and...

Consultant pleads not guilty in 'ghost candidate' case

Aug. 02, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A political consultant who is accused of helping put a “ghost candidate" on a ballot to siphon off votes from a Democratic candidate in a state Senate race in central Florida pleaded not guilty to election finance-related charges Tuesday during his first court appearance. ...

Dogs stranded abroad as families face changing rabies rules

Jul. 30, 2022 03:16 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — She thought she had done everything necessary to bring their dog from Kenya to their new home. She’d had the rabies shots updated in Nairobi. She’d had a vet there check the spotted spaniel for worms and sent photos of Toffee’s teeth to prove she was at...

Florida to schools: Don't follow federal LGBTQ protections

Jul. 29, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida advised school districts to ignore protections for LGBTQ students that President Joe Biden's administration is trying to implement, saying the anti-discrimination language is not binding law and following the guidance could result in breaking state law. ...