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Florida gov appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 7:13 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

Florida high court hears arguments on felon voting rights

Nov. 6, 2019 1:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court began considering Wednesday whether a voter-approved constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of felons who complete their sentences means they also have to pay court-ordered fines, fees and restitution. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis believes...

Deputy arrested for throwing student to the ground

Nov. 5, 2019 5:11 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy who worked at a school for children with emotional and behavioral problems is facing a felony charge after video shows him slamming a female student to the ground after she tapped his knee with her foot. Broward County Deputy Willard Miller was...

Sunshine State considers banning sunscreen bans

Nov. 5, 2019 4:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida tourist haven Key West wants to protect coral reefs that attract divers, so it's banning sunscreens that contain chemicals that could harm them. But Florida lawmakers who think it's more important to protect humans are moving toward outlawing the Key West's sunscreen ban...

New Florida sheriff to run against ousted predecessor

Nov. 4, 2019 7:19 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff who took office after the previous sheriff was suspended over the Parkland high school massacre will run to keep his job. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced his campaign Monday for the 2020 election. Tony will face former sheriff Scott Israel in the...

Florida trappers step up efforts, catch 3,600 pythons

Nov. 4, 2019 5:10 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — More than 3,600 Burmese pythons have been captured in Florida under an effort to control the invasive species that wildlife officials say is choking the delicate Everglades ecosystem. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday the Python Action Team had removed 1,000 pythons from the wild. That's on top of...

Florida officials remain mum on election security breaches

Nov. 1, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials vowed transparency in securing next year's elections but are continuing to shed little light on how Russian hackers infiltrated systems in at least two Florida counties . During a news conference in Tallahassee on Friday with state and federal officials, Florida...

Florida elections chief: State systems prepared for hackers

Oct. 29, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's top elections officer insisted Tuesday that her state's voting systems are adequately prepared for electronic attacks despite persistent concerns that hackers could again infiltrate the state's voting systems. Earlier this year, the Mueller Report referenced at least one...

Florida governor signals another push for E-Verify system

Oct. 29, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urged lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation that would require employers to use a federally operated electronic database to verify the immigration status of workers.  But it's unclear if that effort will get any traction among lawmakers during next...

Florida considers allowing college athletes to earn money

Oct. 24, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Following California's lead, Florida lawmakers are tackling NCAA rules that prohibit college athletes from reaping financial benefits from their prowess in the arena of big-money sports. With a bounty of marquee college sports programs, Florida could help student athletes flex...