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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, center, gestures as he speaks during a news conference with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, second from left, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., left, PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla, third from right, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, second from right, and Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., right, at a news conference, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at PortMiami in Miami. Chao announced that the department has awarded more than $280 million in a new Port Infrastructure Development Program at 15 locations to improve facility and freight infrastructure. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida Legislature is past the halfway point of its session

Feb. 15, 2020 8:29 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature is past the halfway point of its annual 60 day session and hasn't tackled any major issues. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has been sent seven bills for his signature, most of them housekeeping items. But there was also a measure that, if the governor...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, file photo, Tiffany Carr, executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right, to announce a public awareness campaign designed to prevent disaster-related domestic violence, in Tallahassee, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO, Carr, had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

Florida probes domestic violence agency that paid CEO $750K

Feb. 13, 2020 8:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. The House also voted to subpoena the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence's board of directors...

GOP House votes to move energy office now run by Democrat

Feb. 13, 2020 6:13 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Office of Energy would be moved out of the agency run by the only statewide elected Democrat and into an agency controlled by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis under a bill passed by the House on Thursday. The GOP-dominated House voted 76-40 to move the Office of Energy from...

With budgets drafted, it's crunch time for Florida lawmakers

Feb. 13, 2020 4:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers in the House and Senate passed their respective spending plans Thursday, with about a month left in this year's legislative session to reconcile a $1.4 billion gap in policy and funding priorities over state employee pay raises, the environment, teacher salaries...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 12, 2020 3:09 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Feb. 10 The Tampa Bay Times on legal notices in newspapers: Local governments have been required for decades to make a modest effort to keep residents informed about issues affecting their communities, from the common to the consequential. They have to publish...

In this, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo a worker sorts through tomatoes after they are washed before being inspected and packed, in Florida City, Fla. A Florida bill mandating that private companies verify each new hire's eligibility to work in the U.S. is worrying farmers in the agriculture-rich state. The growers complain they are struggling to find farm workers as the unemployment rate reaches record lows. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Farmers worry Florida bill will worsen labor scarcity woes

Feb. 11, 2020 7:28 PM EST

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — On a recent afternoon, many stools stood empty beside a conveyor belt where workers examined a stream of green tomatoes and tossed aside those with holes and cracks at a South Florida packing house. Paul J. DiMare, one of the country’s leading producers of fresh tomatoes,...

In this Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 photo made available by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Fla., Rebecca Fierle-Santoian is under arrest. Authorities say Fierle-Santoian filed a

Guardian for elderly arrested on abuse, neglect charges

Feb. 11, 2020 12:54 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former guardian for the elderly and incapacitated who was accused of filing "do not resuscitate" orders without her clients' permission has been arrested in Florida on felony charges. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said local authorities arrested Rebecca Fierle-Santoian in...

President Donald Trump holds hands with first lady Melania Trump as they take their seats after he spoke at the Governors' Ball, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump hosts governors, claims credit for their performance

Feb. 9, 2020 8:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed some of the credit Sunday as he congratulated America's governors for what he said is the “tremendous” yet sometimes difficult job they're doing leading their states. “Most of the states, almost everyone has set a record,” Trump...

Florida's unpopular Common Core standards are 'eradicated'

Feb. 8, 2020 12:48 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Common Core in Florida is over. The state Department of Education in a statement on Friday said the controversial set of academic standards “has been officially eradicated from Florida classrooms." Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said he is recommending that the...

Sen. Kelly Stargel gives her closing statements after debate over her bill SB 404, requiring parental consent for abortion for minors, at the Florida Capitol Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The bill passed the Senate 23-17 along party lines.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

E-Verify legislation could test Republican unity in Florida

Feb. 8, 2020 12:30 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans have mostly toed the party line during the first weeks of their legislative session. But that unity will certainly be tested when lawmakers begin debating a proposal to force private employers to use a federal database to check the immigration status of workers....