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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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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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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Eligibility Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced new eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida. Beginning Monday, March 29, all individuals age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning the following Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Floridians are encouraged…

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Democratic Sen. Bracy hints at run for Florida governor

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State Sen. Randolph Bracy released a campaign-style video Tuesday strongly hinting that he’ll consider seeking the Democratic nomination to face Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis next year. In the video, Bracy discusses problems facing the state because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the state needs to change course and needs a governor…

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Representatives Morales and Benjamin’s Bill Allowing Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Passes First Committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando) and Representative Christopher Benjamin (D-Miami Gardens) introduced HB 1347, a bill providing disabled veterans the opportunity to receive certain federal educational assistance benefits, to the Local Administration and Veteran Affairs Subcommittee. This bill would allow those veterans who are deemed eligible the opportunity to receive awards for the…

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