Latest Florida state government News

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....

Florida deputy's cruiser strikes, kills 62-year-old woman

Jul. 11, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a pedestrian is dead after being struck by an unmarked sheriff's office cruiser. Sgt. Steve Gaskins said in a news release that 29-year-old Deputy Daniel Daugherty was driving north along U.S. 19 in Port Richey on Wednesday night when a 62-year-old...

Florida deputy accused of planting drugs in traffic stops

Jul. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in the Florida Panhandle was arrested Wednesday on charges that he routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, planted drugs and then arrested them on made-up drug charges, including one victim who lost custody of his daughter because of...

Man dies after crashing into truck helping disabled car

Jul. 10, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man died after crashing his minivan into a parked Road Ranger pickup truck that had stopped to help a disabled car. News outlets report that the crash happened Monday afternoon on Interstate 4 near Lakeland. Florida Highway Patrol says the truck was parked on...

Groups sue Florida over early voting on college campuses

Jul. 9, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights advocates accused Florida officials of attempting to stifle turnout among young voters, contending in federal court that new elections rules could make it impossible to hold early voting on college campuses. An elections package signed into law last month by Gov. Ron...

Airline starts seasonal flights between Orlando and Israel

Jul. 9, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Direct flights between Israel and Florida's busiest airport are starting next week. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials on Tuesday announced the kickoff of the weekly, seasonal flights on El Al Airlines from Orlando International Airport to Israel. It will be the second...

Environmentalists, state officials disagree on toxin limits

Jul. 8, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Environmental activists and state environmental officials disagree about how regulations should be used to combat algae blooms in Florida's waterways. The state Department of Environmental Protection is considering new regulations on how much toxins are allowed in the state's waterways....

Hurricane center says tropical depression likely in Gulf

Jul. 8, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. Forecasters in Miami said Monday that a trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf where a broad area of low pressure will...