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20 hours ago

Challenge to Florida pronoun law gets go-ahead

The law requires teachers to use pronouns that align with their sex assigned at birth.…

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The Florida Realtors opposed the vacation rentals bill. | Picasa/Konstantin L, Stock.Adobe.Com
June 28, 2024

DeSantis vetoes contentious vacation rental bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the bill would create bureaucratic red tape for local officials.…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis and Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. reached a gambling deal in 2021. | News Service of Florida
June 17, 2024

Supreme Court turns down Florida sports betting challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to upend a multibillion-dollar deal giving the Seminole Tribe control of sports betting throughout Florida.…

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June 10, 2024

DeSantis vetoes bill targeting hemp industry

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the bill placed “debilitating regulatory burdens” on small businesses.…

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June 6, 2024

St. Johns parents challenge state book-objection law

Two St. Johns County parents are among three who filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Florida law that increased scrutiny…

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A Duval County ballot for the election Nov. 8, 2022.
June 3, 2024

Elections supervisors wary of ballot rule

Supervisors worry that a rule proposed by the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis could lead to votes being rejected.…

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Former Judge Scott DuPont. | News4Jax
May 29, 2024

Former Northeast Florida judge blocked from ballot

Former Judge Scott DuPont was suspended from practicing law after the Supreme Court removed him as a circuit judge in…

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May 29, 2024

Jacksonville murder case leads to death penalty challenge

Michael James Jackson was convicted of burying a couple alive in 2005. Death penalty opponents say his case illustrates that…

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A judge blocked Florida education officials from enforcing a law requiring a transgender teacher to use pronouns that align with her sex assigned at birth. | WGCU file
April 10, 2024

Federal judge blocks restriction on teacher pronoun use

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida violates a teacher’s First Amendment rights by restricting which pronouns she can…

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April 1, 2024

Recreational marijuana is going on the ballot

A divided Florida Supreme Court approved placing a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.…

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Jacksonville Beach would be among the communities impacted by proposed vacation rentals legislation. | ill Bortzfield, WJCT News 89.9
March 26, 2024

Realtors and lodging industry clash over vacation rentals

Jacksonville Beach Vice Mayor Sandy Golding said proposed changes would make it problematic for local officials to ensure visitors are…

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March 22, 2024

Florida justices turn down challenge to sports betting

The Florida Supreme Court said opponents of the Seminole Tribe’s gambling agreement were taking the wrong approach to challenge it.…

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Sen. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, led efforts to expand the number of medical marijuana licenses earmarked for Black farmers. | Colin Hackley, News Service of Florida.
March 19, 2024

Lawmakers expand marijuana licenses for Black farmers

Expansion of medical marijuana licenses for Black farmers was included in a wide-ranging bill championed by Sen. Tracie Davis of…

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Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue turned out for a Florida Supreme Court hearing Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. | Tom Urban, News Service of Florida
February 7, 2024

Justices weigh abortion rights amendment for ballot

Florida Supreme Court justices on Wednesday heard arguments about a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at guaranteeing abortion rights in the…

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February 6, 2024

Lawmakers may limit potency for recreational pot

Florida lawmakers are taking steps toward imposing limits on the amount of euphoria-inducing THC in pot products.…

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January 26, 2024

Appeals court weighs limits on voter registration groups

A 2023 law banned third-party groups from using non-U.S. citizens to help people sign up to vote.…

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Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, R-Fort Myers, is sponsoring a bill about lawsuits over "unborn child" deaths. | Colin Hackley, News Service of Florida
January 19, 2024

Legislation allows lawsuits over ‘unborn child’ deaths

The bill would allow parents to sue when an “unborn child” dies because of wrongful acts or negligence.…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will lead to the history of communism being taught from kindergarten through 12th grade. | Phil Sears, AP file
January 3, 2024

Battle heats up over DeSantis’ travel records

The Washington Post contends that aides to Gov. Ron DeSantis have stifled the release of information about DeSantis’ flights.…

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The Seminole Tribe will add craps, roulette and sports betting at its casinos. | Wayne Parry, AP
November 1, 2023

Seminole Tribe plans major gambling expansion in Florida

The tribe will add roulette, craps and sports betting at its casinos in Florida in December.…

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September 29, 2023

Sports betting in Florida still paused despite court ruling

As legal challenges grind through state and federal courts, gamblers in Florida shouldn’t plan on placing sports bets from their…

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Record heat has made conditions tougher inside Florida's prisons.
August 2, 2023

Florida prisons grapple with ‘oppressive’ heat

Sen. Jennifer Bradley of Fleming Island says conditions are brutal inside prisons without air conditioning.…

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June 26, 2023

Judge blocks ‘drag show’ law sponsored by Jacksonville lawmaker

A Hamburger Mary’s restaurant filed a legal challenge over the law, which was sponsored by Republican Sen. Clay Yarborough of…

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April 12, 2023

Senate passes drag show bill; it could derail pride parades, critics say

The measure from Republican Sen. Clay Yarborough of Jacksonville blocks venues from admitting children to “adult live performances.”…

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March 24, 2023

Northeast Florida families challenge transgender rules

Families from Duval and St. Johns counties are among four challenging new rules that prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming treatment…