Latest Florida state government News

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

Mar. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall's midterm elections. Cesar Sayoc, 57, shackled at...

SUV crashes through barrier, hits 4 kids on Florida beach

Mar. 21, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

ORMOND-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — A sports utility vehicle driven by an 82-year-old man ripped through a wooden barrier separating a parking lot from the beach and hit four children in the sand, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The children and their parents were getting ready to leave the beach for the...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution. Advocates said the language goes too far, in part by requiring civil...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Advocates who pushed for a constitutional amendment to restore most Florida felons' voting rights are opposing a bill that sets terms for restoration. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved a bill Tuesday on a 10-5 vote that defines what it means to complete a sentence....

Florida governor wants suspended sheriff's lawsuit dismissed

Mar. 14, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the sheriff who he suspended and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting. DeSantis filed the new motion Thursday. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel filed the suit earlier this...

Acting mayor accused of conspiring with ex-mayor, arrested

Mar. 14, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says a former Florida mayor conspired with the city's acting mayor to intimidate a police officer who was involved in arresting him on attempted murder charges last month. The agency found that ex-Port Richey mayor Dale Massad discussed the...

Sheriff: Father fatally runs over boy at Florida restaurant

Mar. 14, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man accidentally ran over his 3-year-old son in the parking lot of a Florida Waffle House. The Tampa Bay Times reports the parents of Jeremiah Rios each mistakenly thought the other had put the child in their SUV as they left the restaurant in Brandon on Tuesday...

County officials vacationed at vendor's Florida beach condo

Mar. 13, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa county treasurers recently vacationed with a businessman they have supported for a lucrative tax website contract, staying at his Florida beach property for free in an apparent violation of state ethics law. Dubuque County Treasurer Eric Stierman and Winneshiek County...

Florida mulls clemency for FBI informant 'White Boy Rick'

Mar. 13, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Clemency Board are considering early prison release for a man known as "White Boy Rick," once one of the FBI's youngest informants and the subject of a recent Hollywood movie. The board on Wednesday heard the case of Richard Wershe Jr., 49, who's...

Florida bill defines anti-Semitism, prohibits discrimination

Mar. 12, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would define anti-Semitism under Florida law and prohibit religion-based discrimination at public schools and universities is advancing in the Legislature. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit speech that makes...