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Florida's governor sued over new 'anti-riot' law

Apr. 21, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A social justice group has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others two days after the Republican signed a bill to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. The nonprofit group Legacy Entertainment...

Records: Superintendent lied to jury investigating massacre

Apr. 21, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The superintendent of the Florida school district where 17 students and staff died in a 2018 high school massacre was arrested Wednesday after investigators said he lied to a grand jury investigating events surrounding the shooting. Broward...

Florida House overwhelmingly approves consumer privacy bill

Apr. 21, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House resoundingly approved a consumer privacy bill on Wednesday, giving the public an opportunity to regain ownership of the personal data collected by companies and the right to sue companies for mishandling information in a marketplace where consumers...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 21, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 21 The South Florida Sun Sentinel on the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's killing: A murderer has been found guilty of his crime. That...

DeSantis signs Florida's anti-riot bill, cites Chauvin trial

Apr. 19, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's top Republicans cited events in cities around the country — but not the Jan. 6 riots in Washington — as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. The...

GOP White House hopefuls move forward as Trump considers run

Apr. 18, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than three months after former President Donald Trump left the White House, the race to succeed him atop the Republican Party is already beginning. Trump's former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has launched an aggressive schedule, visiting...

As session wanes, Florida lawmakers race to complete agenda

Apr. 18, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With just two weeks left before their scheduled adjournment, both chambers of the Republican-controlled Legislature are inching closer to a budget deal as they continue to work on a slate of bills central to the governor's legislative agenda. In...

DeSantis says he doesn't favor raising unemployment benefits

Apr. 16, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he doesn't favor raising Florida's unemployment benefits, which are some of the nation's lowest, but is focused instead on getting people back to work. At an event in Lakeland, the Republican governor also urged...

Gaetz and DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability

Apr. 16, 2021 06:26 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When he launched his campaign to become Florida’s governor in January 2018, few expected Ron DeSantis to prevail in America’s toughest political battleground. The 39-year-old congressman was largely unknown outside his Daytona Beach...

Florida 'anti-riot' bill goes to governor amid racial strife

Apr. 15, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature approved stiffer penalties against violent protesters on Thursday, handing a major legislative victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who began campaigning for the measure last year following a summer of turmoil across the country...