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Category Archives: Tallahassee

Federal judge orders Florida to make voting rights changes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is being ordered by a federal judge to come up with a new way of deciding how and when former prisoners can get their voting rights restored. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Tuesday blocked the state’s current system of forcing ex-felons to wait at least five years before they…

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Governor Rick Scott Names Brad Piepenbrink as Chief of Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Brad Piepenbrink as Chief of Staff of the Governor’s Office beginning today, March 26th. Jackie Schutz Zeckman resigned yesterday and will be pursuing other opportunities. Governor Scott said, “Brad has done an incredible job in the many important positions he has held throughout my administration. He effectively…

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Gov. Scott, Senate President Negron and House Speaker Corcoran Announce Appointments to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced appointments to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Governor Scott also named Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri as Chairman. The Commission was established by SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman…

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Governor Rick Scott Signs 30 Bills Into Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law: SB 146 Appointment of Attorneys for Dependent Children with Special Needs – This bill requires certain court costs be paid by the state when pro bono attorneys represent special needs children in dependency proceedings.  SB 220 Bankruptcy Matters in Foreclosure Proceedings – This bill authorizes…

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State Representative Randy Fine and Waste Management, Inc., Released Statement on Brevard County Solid Waste Service

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State Representative Randy Fine (R-South Brevard County) and Waste Management Inc. of Florida (“Waste Management”) authorize and release the following statement: Hurricane Irma seriously impacted the residents of Florida, Brevard County, and the City of Palm Bay in a multitude of ways.   One particular challenge in Palm Bay was garbage collection service…

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Senate Panel Fails To Adopt Assault Weapons Ban, Senator Stewart Vows To Persist

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Honoring a pledge she made immediately following the 2016 massacre at Pulse Nightclub, State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) on Wednesday reissued her call on Senate lawmakers to adopt amendments banning assault weapons, high capacity magazines and bump-fire stocks, as well as strengthening school safety zones. So far, every one of these amendments has…

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Unveils 500 Million Dollar Safety Plan After Parkland Deadly School Shooting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jamie Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alexander Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang. Unfortunately, none of the plans I’m announcing today will bring any of them back, but it’s important…

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Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Advocates Call for Passage of Statewide Cannabis Decriminalization Bills

Tallahassee FL – Standing outside the House Chamber doors, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith alongside cannabis advocates from across the state called for an end to the state’s draconian cannabis policies, and passage of HB 1203/SB 1602. During the press conference, Rep. Smith revealed disturbing new data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) related to statewide…

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Attorney General Bondi Backs Andrew Fay For Florida Public Service Commission Seat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today issued the following statement congratulating Special Counsel to the Attorney General and Director of Legislative Affairs, Cabinet Affairs and Public Policy:  “I am thrilled for Andrew Fay and proud to have fully supported his appointment throughout this process. The citizens of Florida will be served well by such an…

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State Senator Linda Stewart Fires Up Crowd At Women’s Equal Pay Rally

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State Senator Linda Stewart (D–Orlando) on Tuesday addressed advocates of women’s economic equality who gathered at the Florida Capitol to speak out against the various barriers women encounter in the workplace. In an impassioned appeal to her colleagues in the legislature, Stewart urged for a hearing on Senate Bill 594, which she has introduced…

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Mikaela Nix Pushes Vocational Education, School Safety and Diversity for FL House District 47 Seat

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Attorney Mikaela Nix, the second Republican to put her name…

VIDEO: Governor Ricardo Rossello Energizes Puerto Ricans To Vote With New Platform

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello spoke at length at the Anna…

Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin and Local National Bar Association hosts free family and housing legal clinic

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Need advice about a family and housing law matter? Orange County…






Toy Story Land To Open At Walt Disney World Resort On June 30

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  – It’s a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only Disney can create,…

VIDEO: Black History Month Spotlight Bronze Kingdom Art Gallery Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) In celebration of Black History Month, Florida National News lifestyle reporter…

11 Little-Known Orlando Theme Park Experiences

ORLANDO, Fla., /Visit Orlando/ -- To celebrate the unparalleled collection of unique experiences that can be…

Busch Gardens Celebrates The Return Of Preschool Card With Sesame Street Safari Of Fun Pirate Parrrrrty!

TAMPA, Fla. – Back by popular demand, Florida preschoolers can now enjoy all Busch Gardens® Tampa…

SeaWorld Offers Free Admission for Florida Preschoolers

ORLANDO, Fla. – Now through December 31, 2018, Florida kids ages five and younger can…

Macklemore, Sean Paul and Fifth Harmony Among Stars Performing Live at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2018 Mardi Gras Celebration

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando Resort today announced the headlining acts of its 2018 Mardi Gras…