Latest Florida state government News

Florida schools to add mental health classes to curriculum

Jul. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida public schools will now be required to teach students about mental health under a new mandate passed by the state board of education. The board voted unanimously on the measure on Wednesday to require that students from sixth through 12th grade take at least five hours of mental health...

Florida inmate charged with stabbing 3 guards with shiv

Jul. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SNEADS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate is charged with attempted murder after stabbing three correctional officers with a makeshift knife. The Florida Department of Corrections says Apalachee Correctional Institution inmate Tyrece Fleming had an "interaction" with the officers Sunday and returned with the...

Florida inmate uses smuggled cellphone to capture beating

Jul. 17, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Department of Corrections is investigating a prison beating after an inmate used a smuggled cellphone to shoot video of several guards punching an inmate who was being held on the ground. An unnamed Lake Correctional Institution inmate in Clermont gave commentary as the beating...

Florida Democrats complain of Trump 'ballot bias' in 2020

Jul. 16, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Still reeling from a string of high-profile razor-thin election losses in Florida, national Democrats are asking a federal judge to discard a longstanding state law that reserves the top slot of next year's presidential ballot for the party of the state's governor. Assuming he...

Police: Worker loading ATMs with cash pocketed $100K instead

Jul. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — State authorities say a Florida worker in charge of loading cash into ATMs stole more than $100,000 from the machines instead. Florida Department of Law officials say 56-year-old Richard McWilliams was a subcontractor charged with loading several thousand dollars in cash each...

Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

Jul. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state's best educators hundreds of dollars each. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tallahassee alleges that the...

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

Florida CFO wants bank regulator fired because of complaints

Jul. 11, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's chief financial officer is asking the governor and Cabinet to fire the state's top banking regulator. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Thursday requested Gov. Ron DeSantis and the independently elected Cabinet vote on the removal of Office of Financial Regulation...

Florida legislators to consider racial impact of proposals

Jul. 11, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With African Americans accounting for nearly half of Florida's prison population, the state Senate has launched a partnership with university researchers to delve more deeply into how criminal justice legislation could disproportionately affect communities of color. Legislative...

Florida city plans to sue over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 11, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The city of South Miami plans to sue Florida over a new law that bans local governments from enacting "sanctuary" policies. The mayor and city commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday to join legal action being prepared by the Southern Poverty Law Center....