Latest Florida state government News

Florida House condemns Democratic Socialism in resolution

Apr. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House took the unusual step of denouncing democratic socialism Tuesday with the sponsor of a non-binding resolution invoking the name of the country’s most prominent champion of the ideology, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, in calling it a threat to American...

Florida to close wastewater reservoir with leak history

Apr. 13, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. ...

Governor: Florida pausing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida is temporarily suspending Johnson & Johnson vaccinations because a half-dozen people developed blood clots after getting the shot. During a news conference on Tuesday, DeSantis said Florida is following...

Teen electrocuted during storm was 'outstanding student'

Apr. 13, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teenager less than two months away from graduating from high school was electrocuted when she stepped on a live power line that fell onto the road during a severe thunderstorm and set fire to her car. On Sunday afternoon, Valentina...

Gambling bill on Florida pari-mutuels gets first approval

Apr. 12, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's jai alai frontons, quarter horse and harness horse racing tracks could choose not to conduct live events and still be able to operate poker and slot machine rooms under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Monday. ...

DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video

Apr. 12, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked YouTube and its parent company Google on Monday, accusing the tech giant of censorship for its decision last week to remove from its platform video of a coronavirus discussion he organized where his panel criticized lockdowns...

Teenager dies when electrocuted during Florida storm

Apr. 11, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl died Sunday during a strong storm that swept through central Florida, damaging homes and businesses. The woman was driving in Spring Hill, north of Tampa, when her car struck a downed power line, the Florida Highway Patrol...

Time ticks on Florida bills on protestors, budget, voting

Apr. 11, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers have little time to waste as they debate and finalize legislative proposals, big and small, in the waning days of the legislative session — including a state budget, a nationally watched elections bill and a so-called “anti-riot” bill that is...

Florida Senate committee advances 'anti-riot' measure

Apr. 09, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would increase penalties against violent protestors narrowly cleared a Florida Senate committee on Friday — after hours of passionate debate with deep racial overtones — and is another step closer to reaching the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis. ...

Florida Senate approves changes to public retirement system

Apr. 08, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposal pushed by the leader of the Florida Senate to close the state's pension plan to most new enrollees won approval Thursday from the Republican-controlled chamber, but its fate was uncertain as it headed to the House for possible...