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Orange County Commission Board Meeting Recap: Earth Day, COVID-19 Response, Gun Violence Prevention

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Orange County Board of County Commissioners met on April 13, 2021, with the first item of business being the reading of a proclamation by Jeff Williamson, Manager – Communictions Division, declaring April 22, 2021, as Earth Day in Orange County. The proclamation was given to David Jones, Manager – Environmental…

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Officials Fear Piney Point Reservoir Collapse, Gov. DeSantis Declares State of Emergency

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN) – Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-82 declaring a state of emergency in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas counties due to their proximity to the Eastport Terminal Facility – Piney Point Phosphate Processing Plant reservoir. The reservoir holds 480 million gallons of a mix of seawater, remnant process water from the…

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House Public Integrity and Election Committee Hears Sen. Marco Rubio’s Chinese Interference Update

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – The House Public Integrity and Election Committee met and received an update on Chinese interference from US Senator Marco Rubio back on February 15, 2021. Senator Rubio said that Chinese interference is “unlike any counter-intelligence threat we have ever faced.” He went on to say that China feels they have the…

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Senate Committee Hears Update on Florida’s Hemp Program and How FWC Spends $49.95 Million on Invasive Species

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government met on February 16, 2021. The committee received an update on Florida’s Hemp Program from Holly Bell, Director of Cannabis for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (FDACS). Ms. Bell said that Florida’s program has become a model program for…

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Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy Pass Four Bills Heading into Session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – The Senate Committee on Health Policy voted on several key proposed bills during its February 17th meeting including pediatric health care, Moffitt Cancer & Research Center funding, telehealth service reimbusrement, health insurance licensure requirements, among others. The first bill taken up by the Committee was Senate Bill 362 (SB 362) –…

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Reps. Maggard, Plascencia, Hunschofsky Bills Pass Environment, Agriculture and Flooding Subcommittee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – The Environment, Agriculture, and Flooding Subcommittee voted on three bills during its February 16, 2021 meeting. The committee first voted on House Bill 169 (HB 169) – Purchase of Commodities and Services by the Water Management Districts, presented by Representative Tobin Overdorf for Representative Randall Maggard, (R-38), who was unable to…

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