Florida State Politics

File photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at the Florida Capitol on April 30, 2021.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday at the American Legion Palm Valley post in Ponte Vedra Beach that will create a program designed to help children with guardians in the military acclimate to changing schools.

Florida Lobbying Firms Collect Millions During Second Quarter

Aug 18, 2014

With industries ranging from casinos to taxicabs looking to influence the Legislature, new reports offer a glimpse of the millions of dollars in fees that lobbying firms collected during the second quarter of the year.

The reports, due before a Thursday night deadline, show that at least four lobbying firms collected $1 million or more in fees from April 1 to June 30 --- a period that included the second half of the 60-day legislative session.

No Special Congressional Elections Until 2015 - Secretary of State

Aug 18, 2014

Proposed special elections in the seven congressional districts redrawn by the Legislature earlier this week would have to wait until at least spring of next year, Secretary of State Ken Detzner's office said in a court filing Friday.

The special elections could not take place until after the regular November vote was certified and some other post-election reports were finished --- a process that will last into December, according to the filing.

With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.

A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.

The question now is when.

Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Some states appoint special commissions to do the job, but in Florida, redistricting is done by the state Legislature.

With FSU Appointment Expected, Thrasher District Already In Play

May 30, 2014
The Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Sen. John Thrasher hasn't been named president of Florida State University. At least not yet.

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State Senator Aaron Bean is taking a page from reality television and challenging fellow legislators and their staff to lose weight for a good cause…or two.

The Fernandina Beach Republican kicked off his second annual “Biggest Loser” contest in Tallahassee Thursday.

Florida’s lowest-paid workers are set to get a roughly three-hundred-dollar annual raise starting on January first. Currently, the hourly minimum wage in the state is $7.79, and it will go up by 14 cents in January.

Due to a constitutional amendment passed in 2004, minimum wage in Florida is tied to inflation, creating the salary bump. But one state senator doesn’t think it goes far enough.

Senator Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat, has filed a bill to raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for every worker in the state. He says rising gas and food prices make it hard for low-wage earners to make ends meet.

Equality Florida

Hours after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) cleared a crucial vote in the U.S. Senate, state lawmakers called for passage of a bill with similar protections for Florida's LGBT community.

Florida State Representatives Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) and Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) were among the lawmakers who rallied at the Florida State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon for passage of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, or FCWA.

Death row inmate Marshall Lee Gore’s execution has been moved for the third time. The first two times, officials rescheduled Gore’s execution because Gore’s lawyers claimed he wasn’t sane enough for the death penalty. This time, Governor Rick Scott has rescheduled Gore’s execution because of a party.

Florida Department of Financial Services

Jewelry, coins, baseball cards, Disney pins, pocket knives, flatware keychains, lighters, and stamps.

Those are just a sample of the more than 80,000 items up for grabs at the state's second unclaimed property auction of the year, set to begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Airport Hilton.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property is previewing the auction today, showing off more than 450 lots that include a 1776 continental note, a 5.82 karat diamond ring and a baseball signed by Roberto Clemente.

Dwayne Scheuneman is a Navy veteran who was paralyzed after a diving accident.  But thanks to his drive and determination, he has become a successful wheelchair athlete – most recently winning four gold medals and three silver medals in track and field at the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Despite his athletic success, Scheuneman is more comfortable on the dance floor than the racetrack. But it opens him up to some friendly teasing from other veterans.

While a special session reviewing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law isn’t likely, one lawmaker hopes to start a discussion about the controversial law with a bill of his own. Tallahassee Democratic Representative Alan Williams has filed legislation to repeal the law.

It’s Williams’ second consecutive year filing the legislation, and he says his goal hasn’t changed.