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Category Archives: State & Local Politics

Reps. Morales and Benjamin’s Bill on Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Heads to the Florida House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – Representative Daisy Morales’s (D-Orlando) and Representative Christopher Benjamin’s (D- Miami Gardens) HB 1347, that will provide disabled veterans the opportunity to receive certain federal educational assistance benefits passed it final committee of reference Thursday. It received 19 yeas and 0 nays. This bill would allow those veterans who are deemed eligible the opportunity to…

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Barber Services Bill Heads to Governor Ron DeSantis’ Desk

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis kicked off his Deregathon at Valencia College in Orlando. DeSantis was looking at ways to remove “harmful” professional licensing regulations, and highlighted barriers against licensed barbers. On Wednesday, state lawmakers passed identical bills unanimously in the Florida House and Senate that would allow barbers to cut…

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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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Fried on Piney Point: Emergency De-Escalated, but ‘Many Balls Were Dropped in the Process’

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN) – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried addressed the Piney Point reservoir water leak in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, saying she was informed that “the emergency has de-escalated” over the last 24 hours, but warned that this situation could have been prevented were it not for what she called…

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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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Florida House Erupts In Celebration After Passing Rep. Morales Barber Services Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida House held its Thursday session for nearly two hours with state lawmakers debating and voting on approximately forty bills, including Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando)’s Barber Services bill, HB 855. Voters who live in an area represented by a first-time state representative shouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens to bills from their…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Proposal of $1,000 Bonuses for Florida’s Principals and Teachers

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (FNN) – Source: Governor’s Office // Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a proposal to provide $1,000 bonuses to public school principals and full-time classroom teachers for grades Pre-K through 12th grade in Florida. The funding for the bonuses would be $216 million from the third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency…

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