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House Memorial Urges Congress to Make Florida Home to U.S. Space Force

March 26, 2019 - 2:45pm

House Memorial 1281 by Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Cocoa, passed the first of its two committees of reference with unanimous support today. The memorial requests Congress to approve the creation of the United States Space Force and the establishment of the Space Force and United States Space Command in Florida. It follows a recent White House proposal by President Donald Trump, and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call for the Space Force to be headquartered in Florida.

Keeping $200 Million Coming for Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades a Major Scott Priority

March 26, 2019 - 7:15am
Rick Scott in Naples Monday

Sen. Rick Scott visited the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples Monday to highlight his Fighting for Florida budget agenda, which includes a more than $200 million investment to protect Lake Okeechobee and the Florida Everglades.

NRCC Targets Debbie Mucarsel-Powell on Mueller Report

March 25, 2019 - 2:30pm
Debbie Mucarsel Powell

With the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) looking to take down U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., next year, the GOP is looking to make the Mueller report an issue in her South Florida district. 

On Monday, the NRCC pointed to a tweet Mucarsel-Powell posted in 2017 in which she insists there was collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump and called for his impeachment. 

Unemployment Rose to 3.5 Percent in Florida in February

March 22, 2019 - 12:15pm
Ron DeSantis
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the unemployment rate in Florida rose slightly to 3.5 percent in February. It had been 3.4 percent in January. DeSantis took over at the start of the second week in January from then Gov. Rick Scott.  
 
DeSantis showcased the state outpaced the nation when it came to job growth. While the nation saw 1.9 percent job growth last month, Florida saw 2.7 percent job growth. 
 

Senate Ups Budget to $1.8 Billion for Hurricane Michael Recovery

March 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Hurricane Michael aftermath, Panama City
The Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations Thursday released components of the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which bring the total state investment in Hurricane Michael Recovery to $1.8 billion.
 

The True Cost of Educating a K-12 Public School Student: TaxWatch Releases an Update

March 21, 2019 - 9:00am

A new report by taxpayer research institute 40-year-old Florida TaxWatch provides an update of the true average cost of educating a K-12 public school student in Florida. The government watchdog released a similar independent study in March 2017 that considered all categories of expenditures necessary for the operation of public schools.

'Will of the Voters' Be Done: DeSantis Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

March 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Ron DeSantis
Patients who get medical marijuana from their doctors will be able to smoke it legally, under a bill Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday.
 
DeSantis signed SB 182 “Medical Use of Marijuana” (Ch. 2019-1 SB 182, Laws of Florida). Additionally, he filed a joint motion to dismiss People United for Medical Marijuana v. Department of Health and to vacate the lower court decision which had held the prior law to be unconstitutional.
 

SFWMD Prepares for Deluge over Much of South Florida Tuesday

March 18, 2019 - 8:00pm
Rainfall totals as high as 4-6 inches are expected in major portions of the South Florida Water Management District's 16 counties on Tuesday, and SFWMD staff are preparing the system now by lowering canals to handle stormwater.
 
Watch the video on this page to see what the District is doing to get the regional flood control system ready to handle rainfall from the predicted upper level weather disturbance.
 

Ron DeSantis Starts in Tallahassee With Unemployment Rate at 3.4 Percent

March 11, 2019 - 2:00pm

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the unemployment rate in Florida fell to 3.4 percent in January. It had been 3.5 percent in December, the last full month that Gov. Rick Scott held office in Tallahassee. DeSantis took over at the start of the second week in January. 

DeSantis showcased the state outpaced the nation when it came to job growth in the past. While the nation saw 2.1 percent job growth last year, Florida saw 2.7 percent job growth. 

Brian Mast Co-Introducer on Legislation to End Deadly USDA Experiments on Kittens

March 8, 2019 - 10:30am

U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast, R-Fla. and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif. introduced on Thursday the bipartisan Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2019, or KITTEN Act. The bill directs the Secretary of Agriculture to end the use of cats in experiments that cause pain or stress. 

Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) performs parasite-related experiments on cats and kittens. This taxpayer-funded testing results in thousands of kittens bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat and then killed.

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