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January 25, 2023

Lawmakers consider oversight of municipal utilities like JEA

Florida’s Public Service Commission has no authority over municipal utilities. Lawmakers are discussing whether to change that.

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December 31, 2022

Court backs St. Johns schools in transgender bathroom fight

After a five-year legal battle, a sharply divided federal appeals court has upheld a St. Johns County School Board policy that prevented a transgender male student from using boys’ bathrooms at a high school. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 7-4 decision on Friday, said the policy did not violate the constitutional equal protection rights of Drew

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December 22, 2022

Senate approves insurance overhaul. Will it help?

The Florida Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at shoring up the troubled property insurance system by curbing lawsuits, injecting tax dollars into reinsurance coverage and trying to shrink the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The Republican-dominated Senate voted 27-13 largely along party lines to approve the bill (SB 2-A), which is expected to pass the House on

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December 19, 2022

New North Florida judges drew legal challenges

Moving quickly after a Florida Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday made appointments to four seats on a revamped 5th District Court of Appeal — including picking two candidates who had drawn a legal challenge. DeSantis named Florida Gaming Control Commission Chairman John MacIver, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Paige Kilbane, Duval County Circuit Judge Adrian Soud and

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December 6, 2022

Florida lawmakers will tackle major insurance issues next week

With Florida’s property-insurance system in turmoil, state lawmakers could be poised to take major steps to try to stabilize the market during a special legislative session next week. Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, and House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, released a formal session proclamation Tuesday that indicated lawmakers will consider a series of hot-button insurance issues. Those issues include

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November 7, 2022

Lawsuit refiled against Duval Schools over gender instruction law

Parents, students and a nonprofit group have filed a revised lawsuit against Duval and three other school districts, challenging a new state law that restricts instruction about gender identify and sexual orientation. The revised version, filed in federal court in Orlando, alleges that the law is unconstitutional, including “chilling” First Amendment rights. Defendants are the State Board of Education and

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November 3, 2022

Employees can’t shield messages in Ascension malpractice case

An appeals court Wednesday rejected an attempt by employees of Ascension St. Vincent’s hospital to shield text messages from being disclosed in a medical malpractice case against a former physician at the Jacksonville medical center. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with former patients who filed a consolidated malpractice lawsuit last year against physician R.

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October 24, 2022

Judge dismisses challenge to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

In a lawsuit against Duval and other school districts, a federal judge has refused to block the districts from carrying out a new state law that restricts instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in classrooms, rejecting arguments by parents, students and a nonprofit organization. The ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Wendy Berger was the second time in

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October 12, 2022

Jacksonville-area lawmakers seek shield from redistricting testimony

Six lawmakers, including two from Northeast Florida, have asked a judge for a protective order that would shield them from testifying in a lawsuit about the constitutionality of a new congressional redistricting plan. Attorneys for the House and Senate late Monday filed a motion in Leon County circuit court seeking to block depositions of the lawmakers and five current and

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October 11, 2022

Feds deny increased protection for gopher tortoises

Concluding that the animals are “not in danger of extinction,” federal wildlife officials Tuesday rejected listing gopher tortoises in Florida as endangered or threatened species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a 113-page decision that said gopher tortoises would continue to be considered a threatened species in parts of southwest Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.

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