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Both Republicans, One Florida Senator Wants to Protect Undocumented Migrants, Another Wants to Punish Them

| July 22, 2019

Senate Judiciary Chairman David Simmons would give undocumented immigrants legal permits to work and drive in Florida while Sen. Joe Gruters would harshen up penalties for the undocumented.

As Hate Incidents Rise, Florida and Other States Increasingly Require Teaching the Holocaust

| July 21, 2019

Ignorance about the Holocaust is growing, particularly among young people. A survey last year showed that two-thirds of U.S. millennials were not familiar with Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp complex.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rises to 4.1%, Florida’s Keeps Hovering in 3.4% Range for 12th Month

| July 19, 2019

The June unemployment figures for Flagler and Florida suggest both the state and the county have bottomed out in a job market at the closest to full employment they may see in this economic cycle.

Florida GOP Leaders Hedge or Keep Silent Before Disavowing Bigoted Chant at Trump Rally

| July 18, 2019

Florida Republican leaders were mostly silent Thursday when asked about a “Send her back!” chant at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump. But once the president disavowed the chant, some GOP elected officials spoke out against it.

As Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund Struggles, Reimbursements May Be Reduced Significantly

| July 16, 2019

Certain crime victims who want financial aid for out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, lost wages or mental health counseling, will hit a lower cap on reimbursements from the fund if a proposal by the attorney general is approved.

Total Cost of Governor’s Israel Trip: Taxpayers, $131,000. Political Donors: $311,500

| July 15, 2019

While in Jerusalem, members of the delegations stayed at David Citadel, a five-star luxury hotel selected by Enterprise Florida which cost $425 per night.

Citing Police Role and Trust, South Miami Will Challenge New Law Banning Sanctuary Cities

| July 11, 2019

“As soon as [police] are seen as somebody who might turn you in if you called for assistance, they’re no longer trusted and they can no longer do their primary job,” the South Miami mayor says.

Florida’s New Poll Tax Will Cost the State $365 Million a Year

| July 10, 2019

A report by the Institute for Policy Studies cites new research illustrating the cost of felony disenfranchisement in Florida, where recidivism is higher and therefore more costly to taxpayers than in states where it’s lower.

Appeals Court Rules Florida Marijuana Law’s Restrictions Violate Amendment Legalizing Medical Pot

| July 10, 2019

Florida’s law requiring pot operators to grow, process and distribute cannabis and related products created an “oligopoly” and runs afoul of a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, an appellate court ruled Tuesday.

Court Rules Brevard County Commission’s Prayer at Meetings Discriminatory Against Non-Believers

| July 9, 2019

“Brevard County has selected invocation speakers in a way that favors certain monotheistic religions and categorically excludes from consideration other religions solely based on their belief systems,” a federal appeals court ruled.

Florida Is The Latest Republican-Led State To Adopt Clean Needle Exchanges

| July 8, 2019

The timing of the statewide legalization of needle exchanges comes as Florida grapples with a huge heroin and fentanyl problem. When people share dirty needles to inject drugs, it puts them at high risk for spreading bloodborne infections like HIV and hepatitis C. For years, Florida has had America’s highest rates of HIV.

Some People Wouldn’t Count: How Citizenship Question Could Reshape State Politics

| July 7, 2019

Some districts could get more in-state political power if Florida decides to use voting-age citizens as the basis for drawing districts, rather than total population, including children and immigrants who aren’t citizens.

Costs Pile Up For Governor and Cabinet’s $400-a-Night Israel Junket, as Do Questions

| July 5, 2019

When Florida Cabinet members jetted off to Israel in late May, some state employees who traveled at taxpayer expense stayed in a more than $400-a-night luxury hotel in Jerusalem, where a Cabinet meeting was held.

Florida Turns to the Public To Solicit Ideas on Fighting Toxic Algae Blooms

| July 1, 2019

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is formally accepting information through July 15 on ways to prevent, combat or clean up harmful algal blooms in freshwater bodies and estuaries.

Citing Impact on Education Funding, DeSantis Kills ‘Addiction’ Warning on Lottery Tickets

| June 30, 2019

Noting potential impacts to money for education, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a controversial bill that sought to require warnings about addiction and caution to play responsibly on the front of all lottery tickets.

Interested In Adding More Longleaf Pine Acreage to Flagler County? Forest Service Wants To Help, Including Incentive Money

| June 30, 2019

The Longleaf Pine Incentive Program offers incentive payments for the completion of timber stand improvement, invasive species control, prescribed burning, planting longleaf pine, establishing native plant understory and mechanical underbrush treatments.

Barbara Petersen, Fierce Open Government Advocate for 25 Years, Is Stepping Down From First Amendment Foundation

| June 30, 2019

Barbara Petersen’s retirement from the First Amendment Foundation, after 25 years, takes place as legislators have piled up 1,122 exemptions to Florida’s open government laws.

Group Files Federal Suit Challenging Florida Restrictions on Felons’ Voting Rights Moments After DeSantis Signs New Law

| June 29, 2019

A partisan firestorm erupted in the waning days of this year’s legislative session after Republicans tacked onto the elections package provisions aimed at implementing the voter-approved constitutional amendment that restores the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences.

Vaping, School Vouchers, Texting While Driving: New Florida Laws Take Effect Monday

| June 28, 2019

A new ban on texting while driving and a ban on vaping, adding toll roads and preventing local governments from uprooting vegetable gardens are among the new laws that take effect in Florida Monday.

Citing Trump’s ‘Contrived’ Reasoning, Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question on Census–For Now

| June 27, 2019

The 5-4 decision, however, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion, leaves open the possibility that the Trump Administration could readdress the citizenship question, if it can justify it.

Death Penalty: Now It’s Florida’s Conservative Supreme Court’s Turn To Be Accused of ‘Judicial Activism’

| June 26, 2019

Reversing the state’s retroactive consideration of certain death-penalty cases would amount to “the most egregious judicial activism in the history of Florida,” a lawyer for a Death Row inmate argued in a brief filed this week.

State and Utilities Gang Up Against Proposed Amendment Deregulating Electricity

| June 25, 2019

The proposal, backed by Citizens for Energy Choices, calls for creating “competitive” electricity markets in which customers would have the right to choose electricity providers or to produce their own power.

Calling It ‘Fiscally Responsible,’ Governor Signs $91 Billion Budget, Vetoing Just $131 Million

| June 23, 2019

Gov. DeSantis praised lawmakers for exceeding his request for spending on environmental projects and for a boost in per-student funding in public schools, though as FlaglerLive previously reported, that funding increase is not necessarily what it seems.

5th Amendment Extends to iPhone Passcode, Court Rules, Denying Police Access to Defendant’s Phone

| June 20, 2019

The ruling by a panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in a 2018 Alachua County robbery case came after two other state appellate courts came to different conclusions about forcing defendants to supply passcodes to unlock cell phones.

Combative Exchanges Punctuate Hearing on Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s Fate

| June 19, 2019

Israel and his lawyers maintain that the suspension, something DeSantis pledged to do while running for office last year, was a political ploy aimed at winning favor with voters in Democrat-rich Broward County and supporters of the National Rifle Association.

New Legislation Adds to Early-Voting
Fight on Florida’s College Campuses

| June 18, 2019

A bill Gov. DeSantis is about to sign deals with a variety of elections issues, but a lawsuit is focused on a provision requiring early-voting sites to provide “nonpermitted parking,” which could exclude college campuses.

Denying Voting Rights to Felons Should Be Beneath Us

| June 17, 2019

Who gets to vote should be driven by citizenship, the spirit of the United States Constitution and all America stands for, not by blowhardism and dirty tricks, argues Nancy Smith.

‘Shared Savings’ By Shopping For Lower Health Care Costs? Ballyhooed Florida Plan a Bust

| June 17, 2019

The idea of Florida’s ballyhooed shared-savings programs is to give policyholders an incentive to look for cheaper health services. Early results show no such benefits.

Owners and Dealers of Anacondas Sue to Reverse Florida’s Broad Ban on Invasive Snake

| June 13, 2019

Owners and dealers of anacondas have launched a legal challenge after the state largely banned the snakes amid a struggle to control damaging invasive species.

DeSantis Signs Death Warrant of Homophobic Serial Killer Gary Bowles

| June 12, 2019

Gary Bowles murdered six people in 1994. He is serving life sentences in the murders of John Roberts in Daytona Beach and Albert Morris in Nassau County, and is being killed for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville.

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