Latest Florida state government News

Florida makes quarantine optional for exposed students

Sep. 22, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who has tested...

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

Sep. 22, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against doctors who violate it. The legislation filed by Republican Rep. Webster...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September XX, 2021. Editorial: The time is now: $5B of the $3.5T budget bill must go to completing Everglades restoration Everglades restoration has been one of Florida’s longest-running bipartisan issues. Getting the...

Federal judge: Florida immigration law racially motivated

Sep. 22, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down portions of a Florida immigration enforcement law that was a priority of the state's Republican governor, saying in her ruling that the measure was racially motivated. U.S. Judge Beth Bloom on Tuesday rejected...

Florida firefighter hit by truck while responding to crash

Sep. 22, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A Florida firefighter was in critical condition after being was struck by a pickup truck while responding to a crash early Wednesday morning, officials said. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene of a traffic crash just before...

Report: Florida men crashed car, carjacked good Samaritans

Sep. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two men who were involved in a crash on Interstate 75 are accused of carjacking the good Samaritans who stopped to help them, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened when the driver lost control of the vechile and hit a barrier wall on...

New Florida surgeon general on COVID: 'We're done with fear'

Sep. 21, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis named a UCLA doctor and health policy researcher who shares his approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic to serve as the state's surgeon general Tuesday. Like DeSantis, Dr. Jospeh Ladapo said he doesn't...

Florida House picks conservative to serve as next speaker

Sep. 21, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House formally voted to pick its next speaker on Tuesday, a former U.S. Navy commander who outlined his firmly conservative beliefs during his acceptance speech. Republican Rep. Paul Renner will lead the House after next November's...

Florida surpasses 50K COVID deaths after battling delta wave

Sep. 16, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant. The U.S....

Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

Sep. 15, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled...