Latest Florida state government News

Florida first lady finishes chemotherapy for breast cancer

Jan. 20, 2022 11:24 AM EST

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. (AP) — Florida first lady Casey DeSantis has completed her final chemotherapy treatment after a breast cancer diagnosis, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday. The first lady’s diagnosis was made public in October. The governor said she finished the chemotherapy...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 19, 2022 17:17 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. January 13, 2022. Editorial: DeSantis plays fast and loose with COVID facts to justify expired tests After Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried claimed that Florida might allow nearly one million COVID-19 tests to expire, a spokesman for...

Florida mayor critical of DeSantis virus response has COVID

Jan. 19, 2022 11:29 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A county mayor who has been a vocal critic of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' recent handling of the latest wave of the coronavirus has COVID-19. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings was experiencing mild symptoms and would be working from home this week, according to...

Florida could shield whites from 'discomfort' of racist past

Jan. 18, 2022 20:09 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation's past received its first approval...

Florida suspends health official in probe over vaccine law

Jan. 18, 2022 18:13 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A health official who has helped lead central Florida's response to the pandemic has been put on administrative leave as state officials investigate whether he tried to compel employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in violation of state law. The state health...

In unusual move, Gov. DeSantis submits redistricting map

Jan. 18, 2022 17:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has submitted a proposal to reshape the state's congressional map and carve up districts held by Black Democrats, as the Republican takes the unusual step of inserting himself into the redistricting process. The proposed...

Prominent Democratic fundraiser dies from pancreatic cancer

Jan. 17, 2022 12:22 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Michael Moskowitz, an attorney, prominent Democratic fundraiser and father of Broward County Commissioner Jared Moskowitz, has died following a bout with pancreatic cancer, his family announced. He was 68. Moskowitz died just days after attending the swearing...

Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed

Jan. 14, 2022 13:08 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The...

Senate committee approves new Florida congressional map

Jan. 13, 2022 17:11 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Senate Reapportion Committee approved a new Florida congressional map Thursday with no discussion or debate. Only one committee member, Democratic Sen. Audrey Gibson, voted against the plan, which adds a new 28th district in central Florida which should...

Florida bill would designate Nov. 7 as Communism Victims Day

Jan. 13, 2022 16:12 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation moving through the Florida House would designate Nov. 7 as an annual Communism Victims Day and also teach high school students about the ills of communist governments. Florida is home to tens of thousands of people who have fled communist...