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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2 days ago

Questions raised in Florida immigration fight

A federal appeals court is looking at whether Florida can legally challenge Biden administration immigration policies.…

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Florida State University's football team plays at Doak Campbell Stadium. | News Service of Florida
3 days ago

Judge refuses to halt FSU’s lawsuit against ACC

Florida State University contends it would owe $500 million in penalties to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference.…

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April 9, 2024

Abortion ballot issue might not end legal fights

Three Supreme Court justices warned about legal fights if the abortion rights amendment passes in Florida.…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on Jan. 9, 2024. | Gary McCullough, AP
April 4, 2024

Six issues headed to the November ballot

Floridians will consider six proposed constitutional amendments including abortion rights, recreational marijuana and partisan school board elections.…

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Hundreds rally at the Duval County Courthouse on June 24, 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today.
April 1, 2024

Voters will decide whether to guarantee abortion rights

The Florida Supreme Court approved an abortion rights amendment for the ballot, but the court also allowed a six-week abortion…

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March 29, 2024

Supreme Court decisions likely Monday on abortion and pot

The Florida Supreme Court is considering whether constitutional amendments on abortion rights and recreational marijuana should appear on the ballot.…

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A transgender teacher at Lennard High School is seeking an injunction against a law that restricts pronouns and titles that educators can use in Florida public schools. | Hillsborough County Public Schools
March 28, 2024

Judge to consider Florida’s school pronoun restrictions

A lawsuit contends the restrictions violate a federal civil rights law and the First Amendment.…

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LGBTQ+ advocates gather before a Duval School Board meeting. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
March 12, 2024

Settlement reached over Florida’s parental rights law

The state settled a lawsuit over a law that critics call “Don’t Say Gay.” The settlement allows LGBTQ+ references in…

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The Florida Legislature approved a bill that would prevent children under age 16 from opening social media accounts without their parents' permission.
March 7, 2024

How your legislators voted on social media crackdown

The Florida Legislature has approved a bill that seeks to keep children off social media platforms. Gov. Ron DeSantis is…

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March 5, 2024

Appeals court rejects Florida’s ‘Stop WOKE’ restrictions

The three-judge panel said restrictions on workplace training violate First Amendment rights.…

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The Florida Legislature passed a bill aimed at keeping children under age 16 off social media platforms. | JackF, Adobe Stock
February 29, 2024

Florida leaders seek other options on social media ban

Gov. Ron DeSantis has until Friday to sign, veto or allow a law to take effect banning children from social…

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February 23, 2024

Major Florida health plan heads to governor

The wide-ranging plan seeks to keep more doctors in Florida, promote innovation and shift patients away from emergency rooms.…

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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…

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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…

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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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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024. | Gary McCullough, AP
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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Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota, is helping sponsor a bill designed to prevent social media use by minors under age 16. | Colin Hacjket, News Servcie of Florida
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…

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Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, proposed lowering a minimum gun-buying age from 21 to 18. | Colin Hackley, News Service of Florida
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…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address to start the 2022 legislative session. | Tom Urban, News Service of Florida
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…

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case about a 2021 Florida law that would place restrictions on major social-media companies.
December 29, 2023

10 big legal issues to watch in 2024

State and federal courts in 2024 are expected to buzz with major Florida cases.…

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Parents of transgender youth and legal groups sued to block the state's ban on doctors prescribing gender-affirming treatment to minors. | Daylina Miller, WUSF
December 13, 2023

St. Johns County mom fights transgender treatment ban

A trial began Wednesday over Florida’s restrictions on such things as puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender people.…