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Florida clears officials in treatment of Jeffrey Epstein

May. 10, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida detectives have cleared Palm Beach County prosecutors and sheriff's officials of criminal wrongdoing in connection with their handling of wealthy and prominent sex offender Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago, reports released Monday show. ...

Florida sued over new law that limits ballot initiatives

May. 08, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Saturday is seeking to strike down Florida's attempt to make it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution. The new law was only signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday, and it establishes a $3,000 limit on individual...

Citizen initiatives will be harder to get on Florida ballot

May. 07, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans have succeeded in making it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution under a bill Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Friday. The new law limits contributions by groups promoting ballot initiatives. Political...

Cruise giant Norwegian threatens to skip Florida's ports

May. 07, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is threatening to keep its ships out of Florida after the governor signed legislation banning businesses from requiring that customers show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. The company says the law signed by Gov. Ron...

Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call 'un-American'

May. 06, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a wide-ranging list of new voting restrictions into law Thursday, staging a misleading, made-for-TV ceremony meant to tout his credentials on a top priority for the Republican Party's conservative base. At a live...

A look at the changes in Florida's election laws

May. 06, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 48-page elections bill Thursday that, despite boasts of a flawless 2020 election, creates many significant changes in the state’s election laws. Republicans say it’s to safeguard against fraud and vote harvesting, while...

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs rewrite of Florida election rules into law; advocates say it harms minority and disabled voters

May. 06, 2021 09:00 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis signs rewrite of Florida election rules into law; advocates say it harms minority and disabled voters.

Florida inquiry clears Bloomberg over felons voting case

May. 05, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities on Wednesday closed a criminal investigation into fund-raising efforts by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pay off the outstanding fines of thousands of the state's felons seeking to reclaim their voting rights, finding no...

Florida Gov. DeSantis to unemployed: Start looking for a job

May. 05, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians receiving unemployment benefits will soon have to provide proof that they're looking for a job, according to statements made by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday. DeSantis lifted the requirement that people receiving benefits...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 05, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

Sun Sentinel. April 30, 2021. Editorial: Florida’s shame: Ten terrible decisions by a broken Legislature The 2021 session of the Legislature ended Friday — and not a moment too soon. The policy wreckage lawmakers leave behind...