Latest Florida state government News

Former Fox News guest charged with exploiting her mom

Dec. 09, 2022 17:07 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former regular guest on Fox News stole at least $224,000 from her 88-year-old mother and unnecessarily put her in a nursing home twice against her will, including by once dragging her mom from her home, Florida authorities said Friday. Cathy Areu, who...

Florida grand jury calls for new laws on illegal immigration

Dec. 09, 2022 14:51 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A statewide grand jury empaneled at the request of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has called for lawmakers to create new criminal penalties for harboring undocumented immigrants. The recommendations were released Wednesday. DeSantis this summer asked the Florida...

USDA: Florida orange crop down 36% after twin hurricanes

Dec. 09, 2022 14:09 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Production of oranges in Florida this season is forecast to be down 36% from earlier estimates, in part a reflection of twin hurricanes that battered growing regions, according to U.S. Agriculture Department figures released Friday. The latest forecast...

Florida high court mulls police anonymity under Marsy's Law

Dec. 07, 2022 15:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is considering a case that will decide whether police officers who use deadly force can remain anonymous under a law designed to protect crime victims. The court heard short oral arguments Wednesday in the trial between the city...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 07, 2022 13:28 PM EST

Sun Sentinel. December 3, 2022. Editorial: Lax Florida sex trafficking laws pose grave danger to kids In a four-part series and a podcast, the Sun Sentinel’s investigation team has laid out the results of a year-long investigation of child sex trafficking in Florida...

Florida lawmakers set to meet on ailing insurance market

Dec. 06, 2022 12:56 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature will meet next week for a special session on property insurance and property tax relief in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Ian, officials announced Tuesday. The leaders of the Florida House and Senate issued the proclamation...

Ex-Miami US Rep. David Rivera arrested in Venezuela probe

Dec. 06, 2022 10:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government was arrested Monday on charges of money laundering and representing a foreign government without registering. David Rivera, a Republican who has been...

Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot deputy in 'avoidable' accident

Dec. 05, 2022 13:00 PM EST

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — A deputy mistakenly shot and killed his roommate, who was also a deputy, as the two took a break from playing an online game with friends while they were off duty, a Florida sheriff said. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey called the shooting “an extremely...

DeSantis 2024 prospects prompt Fla. lawmakers to review law

Dec. 02, 2022 09:41 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A “resign to run” law requires state officeholders to commit to leave their positions if they run for...

Trial over DeSantis removal of prosecutor on abortion ends

Dec. 01, 2022 19:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wasn't seeking political retaliation when he removed a prosecutor over abortion and transgender views, but simply wanted to ensure state law would be enforced, the governor's attorney told a federal judge Thursday. ...