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Lawmakers Move Forward With Medical Pot Deal as Vendors Could Each Operate 25 Shops

| June 7, 2017

The state currently has seven licensed marijuana vendors, and the agreement between House and Senate leaders would require health officials to approve 10 new operators by Oct. 3.

In Blow to Collective Bargaining, Court Upholds Scott Veto of Firefighters’ Pay Raises

| June 6, 2017

Scott’s decision to veto the $1.57 million for state firefighters, including employees who fight forest fires, had drawn criticism even from Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam.

Reflecting Bruising Session, Scott Vetoes Target Two-Thirds of House Members

| June 5, 2017

The cuts, to 153 Republican projects and 55 Democratic initiatives, totaled $199 million and erased efforts of 81 different House members, just over two-thirds of the membership.

As Medical Pot Dispensaries Open Elsewhere, Flagler Official Says “We Need To Get Going”

| June 5, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien said he is not interested in continuing to extend moratoriums on medical-pot businesses as neighboring counties see such businesses open, leaving Flagler behind.

Scott Vetoes Money for Flagler’s 2nd County Judge, Bunnell Bypass, Flagler Beach Sewers

| June 3, 2017

The more than $300 million in vetoes are to make up for money restored to Visit Florida, economic development, and a bump in per-student funding.

Medical Pot Left Out of Scott’s Special Session Call, But Lawmakers Angle For Joint Effort

| June 2, 2017

Florida House and Senate leaders may expand the special session to include medical pot since they failed to reach agreement on implementing the voter-approved amendment in regular session.

Budget Deal Will Increase Per-Student Funding By $100 and Reset Visit Florida at $76 Million; Special Session Next Week

| June 2, 2017

Florida lawmakers will hold a special session next week after Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders announced Friday they have reached the outline of a budget deal.

Flagler Depleted as 2017 Hurricane Season Begins; Tax Holiday This Weekend on Emergency Supplies

| June 1, 2017

For Flagler County, a season a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms is beginning even as costly and exhausting recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew have a long way to go.

Flagler Secures Millions for Beach, Roads, Judges, But That’s Before Scott Lifts Veto Pen

| May 31, 2017

Millions of dollars through numerous Flagler-bound appropriations could potentially be vetoed as Gov. Scott today received the state’s budget, and will soon decide what stays and what goes.

In American First, Scott Signs Bill Providing for Birth Certificates In Cases of Miscarriage

| May 31, 2017

The bill, which easily cleared the Senate and House in early May, makes Florida the first state in the nation to issue birth certificates for miscarriages. The implications of the bill are unclear.

Only One Flagler Project Lands on Tax Watch’s $178 Million In Budget Turkeys

| May 26, 2017

TaxWatch flagged 111 budget items as turkeys, among them a Bunnell road project, though the organization stresses that it isn’t making a value judgment.

Prohibition-Era Liquor Wall Stays in Place as Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill to Deregulate Stores

| May 25, 2017

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Publix win, Target, Costco and Walmart lose, as Gov. Scott, opposing deregulation, signs his first veto of the year.

Home Rule: Palm Beach District Challenges Constitutionality of Charter School Law

| May 25, 2017

It’s a first step in asking the Florida Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a law that allows the State Board of Education to overturn local denials of charter-school applications.

High Court Denies Challenge to Florida’s New Unanimous Jury Requirement in Death Cases

| May 24, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision cements a state law enacted this year that requires unanimous jury recommendations for the death penalty to be considered in capital cases.

No Coal Resurgence Here: FPL Seeks to Shut Down Dirty-Energy Plant in Jacksonville

| May 23, 2017

FPL says shutting down the coal-fired plant will save customers money and have environmental benefits, including a reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions.

Go Ahead, Gov. Scott, Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

| May 23, 2017

Gov. Scott has said he wants to sign only bills that are good for Florida families. This one is not. Its process was particularly dishonest — something even committed conservatives should disown when they look at it up close.

Game Over: Lawmakers, Not Voters, Decide Whether To Allow Slot Machines, High Court Rules

| May 20, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court squashed a broad expansion of slot machines in at least eight counties, saying the decision to allow pari-mutuels to add the lucrative games rests with the Legislature, not voters.

For Overworked County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, $150,000 Worth of Help May Be Coming

| May 19, 2017

Flagler County is not getting an additional county judge, but the money appropriated will pay for the equivalent of 428 days of service by retired judges brought back on a per-day basis to handle cases.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to New Post-Recession Low, Matching Florida’s 4.5%

| May 19, 2017

In April, the number of the unemployed in Flagler County fell by almost 200, though the labor force shrank almost equally, and the overall number of Flagler County residents with jobs fell by 100.

School Board Veto Call to Scott: “Legislators Didn’t Follow Basic Tenets We Teach Students in 7th Grade Civics”

| May 18, 2017

The Flagler County School Board complete letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to veto an education bill that would “shortchange” Flagler County students. The bill was passed at the last minute with little discussion.

House Bill 7069 Will Change Education in Flagler For Generations, Not For the Better

| May 17, 2017

Flagler County School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker explains his opposition to a massive education bill, focusing on the bill’s preferential treatment of charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools.

Gov. Scott Faces Increasing Pressure to Veto Education Bill, Including From Flagler District

| May 17, 2017

The Flagler County School Board joined its voice to a growing chorus of demands from across the state that Gov. Rick Scott veto a massive education bill opponents consider damaging to school districts.

Gov. Scott Continues to Attack Lawmakers Over Tourism Budget as Visitors’ Numbers Rise

| May 16, 2017

A good showing in December aside, when year-over-year tourism tax receipts jumped 18 percent, Flagler County has done less well, and not necessarily because of Hurricane Matthew.

Anger Over Legislature’s Failures on Medical Pot Prompts Talk of Special Session

| May 12, 2017

House and Senate leaders, falling short of implementing the voter-approved amendment, were unable to reach agreement on how many retail outlets medical pot operators should be able to run.

Corrine Brown, Who Had Represented Flagler in Congress, Found Guilty of Corruption on 18 Fraud Counts

| May 11, 2017

Former Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s federal corruption trial is the latest chapter in a stunning fall for a longtime Jacksonville political institution.

Decriminalized Pot-Possession Program Will Advance in Flagler, But With Little Support From Sheriff

| May 10, 2017

The proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot possession in Flagler County has been in limbo for almost a year after a key judicial and law enforcement panel approved it last year, before the election.

Critics Urge Gov. Scott to Veto Massive Education Bill as Details of Legislation Emerge

| May 9, 2017

The bill was pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican who sparred with the governor throughout the session over economic-development incentives and tourism marketing.

Lawmakers Approve Budget With Tax Cuts, Severe Cuts to Medicaid, Minor Increase For Education and Big Boost to Charters

| May 8, 2017

The budget package includes a modest increase in per-student spending through the state’s main education formula, $521 million in Medicaid cuts for hospitals and far-reaching changes to education across the board.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala Lawyers Blast Rick Scott In Death Penalty Dispute

| May 8, 2017

Lawyers for Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala fired back Monday against Gov. Rick Scott for shifting 23 death-penalty case to another prosecutor, describing his actions as “baldly political.”

It Would Be Up to Florida to Dismantle Obamacare Protections If GOP Bill Advances

| May 8, 2017

Unless the legislation fails or changes substantially, many consumers across the country could see the amount they pay every year for premiums increase by thousands of dollars, making coverage effectively unaffordable.

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