Jim Saunders - News Service of Florida
Jim has been executive editor of the News Service of Florida since 2013 and has covered state government and politics in Florida since 1998. Jim came to the News Service in 2011 after stints as Tallahassee bureau chief for The Florida Times-Union, The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Health News Florida.
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February 14, 2024

UF Health included in plan to boost behavioral health care

UF Health Jacksonville would become a teaching hospital in behavioral health under two bills in the Florida Legislature.

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February 8, 2024

10 big issues at mid-session mark for Florida Legislature

Florida’s annual 60-day legislative session reached its halfway point Wednesday. Here are updates on 10 big issues in the session.

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January 29, 2024

Judge tosses out FAMU discrimination case

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle rejected a lawsuit that alleged the state has discriminated against Florida A&M University in funding and programs.

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January 25, 2024

Florida Supreme Court to take up North Florida redistricting

The court agreed to consider the case, but it appears it will not be resolved before a candidate-qualifying deadline for the November elections.

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January 18, 2024

House moves toward ban on pride flags at public buildings

Legislation would prevent the display of flags that represent “a political viewpoint,” including race, sexual orientation and political ideology.

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January 9, 2024

DeSantis in State of the State: ‘Stay the course’

Democrats blasted Gov. Ron DeSantis, saying he has focused on the presidential campaign instead of the state’s needs.

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January 8, 2024

Lawmakers want to bar children from social media

House and Senate Republicans have filed bills designed to prevent minors under age 16 from having social media accounts.

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January 5, 2024

Abortion measure has enough signatures for ballot

Now, focus will shift to the Florida Supreme Court, which has to sign off on the wording of proposed ballot initiatives.

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January 4, 2024

Palatka rep files proposal to lower gun-buying age

Republican Rep. Bobby Payne wants to lower the minimum age from 21 to 18 for people to buy rifles and long guns in Florida.

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January 3, 2024

10 big issues to watch in 2024 legislative session

Florida lawmakers will start the annual 60-day legislative session Tuesday, with Gov. Ron DeSantis giving his State of the State address.

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