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Sen. Rick Scott: Washington Seems to Have Given Up on Reforming Healthcare. I Don’t Accept That.

March 6, 2019 - 9:30am
Rick Scott

Following a roundtable discussion with Floridians and healthcare leaders to hear their personal stories of dealing with soaring prescription drug costs this week, Sen. Rick Scott spoke to the Federation of American Hospitals to share his commitment to finding common-sense solutions to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for Florida families.

Read his remarks as prepared for delivery below:

Rubio Names Hog Technologies of Stuart U.S. Senate's Small Business of the Week

March 5, 2019 - 12:00pm
Hog Technologies of Stuart

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Hog Technologies, of Stuart as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week.

Florida's senior senator released the following video message to congratulate the up-and-coming business. A broadcast quality version can be found here.

Florida Congressional Reps Urge Feds to Crack Down on Argosy University

February 28, 2019 - 4:15pm

With Argosy University, a proprietary school with campuses across the nation, failing to disperse financial aid funds to students, members of the Florida delegation are calling for action from the U.S. Department of Education. 

DeSantis Appoints Two More to the SFWMD Governing Board

February 28, 2019 - 9:00am
SFWMD HQ in West Palm Beach

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in Tallahassee Wednesday the appointments of John “Jay” Steinle and Scott Wagner to the board of the South Florida Water Management District. The appointments follow six previous appointments made by the governor to the board since taking office in January.

New Institute Forms to Focus on School, Workplace Safety in Florida

February 28, 2019 - 9:00am

The Florida Chamber of Commerce, with educators, human resource experts and law enforcement leaders, unveiled Wednesday the Institute for a Safer Florida (ISF) to focus its energy and expertise on enhancing school and workplace safety.

For more than 100 years, the Florida Chamber has been working to secure Florida’s future, and lead our state to a diverse and sustainable economy. For the past 40 years, the Florida Chamber has spawned several organizations that Floridians recognize today, including:

  • Leadership Florida,

Buchanan, Hastings Conduct Florida Delegation Hearing on Water Quality

February 28, 2019 - 9:00am
Buchanan questions witnesses at Florida delegation hearing

Red tide, oil drilling and harmful algal blooms were at the center of the discussion Wednesday at a Florida congressional delegation hearing in Washington, D.C. chaired by GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan and Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings.

On the agenda were some of the most pressing water quality issues currently affecting the Sunshine State.

It was the first meeting of the Florida congressional delegation in 2019. Some 16 congressmen attended -- more than half of the state delegation.

Two State House Democrats Bring Out Recreational Marijuana Legalization Proposal

February 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

Two Democrats in the Florida House -- state Rep. Michael Grieco of Miami Beach and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando -- introduced a proposal easing restrictions on recreational marijuana use in the Sunshine State. 

Much-Improved Florida Long-Term Care Now Ranked 7th Nationally

February 26, 2019 - 1:45pm
Amada Senior Care, Naples

Boosted by support from the Legislature, Florida is showing significant improvement in the overall quality of care at long term care centers, now ranking among the top 10 states in the nation, according to a Quality Care Report issued today by the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). 

The report shows that Florida is consistently among the strongest performers in terms of both current quality measures and gains made over the last several years, based on federal data on a wide range of standard quality measurements.

Florida Supreme Court Grants DeSantis’ Request to Impanel Statewide Grand Jury on School Safety

February 26, 2019 - 9:00am

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday issued an order directing the impanelment of a statewide grand jury on school safety. The order comes after Gov. Ron DeSantis filed a petition with the court on Feb. 13 requesting the grand jury.

“We know Broward has to be looked at. I don’t know if Hamilton County needs to be,” DeSantis said in announcing his request while surrounded by families who lost children in the Parkland shooting. “There’s more evidence in Broward than other districts. ...

Firefly Aerospace Adding 200 Jobs on the Space Coast

February 22, 2019 - 4:00pm
Governor Ron DeSantis announcing the Firefly Aerospace Inc. project in Cape Canaveral.

Firefly Aerospace is creating a launch and manufacturing project in Cape Canaveral, adding more than $50 million to Florida’s economy and adding more than 200 jobs in the area.  

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the news at a media event at Cape Canaveral on Friday as the Texas based company expanded its operations in the Sunshine State.  

“This new project will include the capability to locally manufacture, test and launch rockets delivering payloads that will harness the commercial potential of space exploration,” the governor’s office noted. 

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