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A state trooper on patrol along the Gandy Bridge in Tampa pulled over a Nissan GTR traveling over 100 mph on Oct. 20, 2023. The driver was charged with street racing. | Florida Highway Patrol via WUSF
May 8, 2024

DeSantis signs bill increasing penalties for street racing

Rep. Kiyan Michael, a Jacksonville Republican, co-sponsored the bill. She said current penalities have not been a deterrent for many…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis came to Jacksonville to sign a bill allowing the state to deposit money in credit unions. | News4Jax
May 2, 2024

DeSantis signs credit union bill in Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s financial services industry could benefit from a bill that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Thursday at VyStar Credit Union headquarters.…

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Religious chaplains will be permitted to act as school counselors in K-12 schools in Florida.
April 18, 2024

DeSantis signs bill allowing chaplains in public schools

Parental pemission will be required for children to participate in counseling by volunteer chaplains.…

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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
April 17, 2024

DeSantis signs bill for anti-communism lessons in schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a measure that will lead to the history of communism being taught in grades…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed shows HB 3, the social media restrictions he signed Monday, March 25, 2024, at Cornerstone Classical Academy in Jacksonville. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
March 25, 2024

DeSantis comes to Jacksonville to sign social media limits on kids

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB3 at Cornerstone Classical Academy, banning children younger than 14 from having social media accounts.…

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A person sits near their tent in an empty lot near Ashley and Clay streets in Downtown Jacksonville on March 8, 2024. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
March 21, 2024

Jacksonville works to comply with new homeless law

Mayor Donna Deegan says the law adds urgency to efforts the city has already begun to get people off the…

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March 18, 2024

Florida Legislature continues to reduce local authority

The 2024 Florida Legislature passed a number of “preemption bills” on issues ranging from local wages to vacation rentals and…

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General Counsel Michael Fackler advises the Jacksonville Ethics Commission about its opposition to recently passed ethics legislation. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
March 15, 2024

Jacksonville panel urges DeSantis to veto ethics bill

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission says a bill passed in the Legislature would gut its ability to root out wrongdoing in…

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Uncertainty surrounds Jax ethics commission following ethics legislation approval.
March 12, 2024

Ethics officials worry new law will tie their hands

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission says new restrictions on ethics complaints could foster misconduct by public officials.…

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Protesters speak out against a bill that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in Florida at a demonstration on West Brevard Street outside the governor's mansion on Thursday, March 7, 2024. | Valerie Crowder, WFSU News
March 11, 2024

Protesters call on DeSantis to veto vaping regulations

Opponents say a bill prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes would be damaging for businesses.…

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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
March 11, 2024

Here are 10 big issues the Legislature addressed this year

The 2024 legislative session included action on working teens, social media for children, education, health care, homlessness and more.…

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Religious chaplains will be permitted to act as school counselors in K-12 schools in Florida.
March 8, 2024

Chaplains may be allowed in public schools

The Florida Senate approved a bill that lets school districts and charter schools adopt policies allowing volunteers to serve as…

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Lawmakers haven’t identified which social media companies are affected by a ban for young children.
March 8, 2024

Which social media are banned for teens? No one knows

A social media ban approved by the Legislature is so narrowly crafted that it’s not clear which popular online platforms…

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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 6, 2024

Lawakers approve history of communism for schools

Under a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Robert Charles Brannan III of Macclenny, the history of communism would be taught in…

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A homeless camp is shown in Immokalee. Legislation that would bar cities and counties from allowing people to sleep at places such as public buildings and in public rights of way is now on its way to Gov. DeSantis to sign. | Andrea Melendez, WGCU
March 6, 2024

Legislature votes to ban homeless sleeping in public

The bill bars cities and counties from allowing people to sleep at places such as public buildings and in public…

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Lawmakers haven’t identified which social media companies are affected by a ban for young children.
March 6, 2024

Florida’s social media ban for kids called unconstitutional 

Florida’s proposed social media regulations for children would require anyone who sets up an account to prove they’re old enough…

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People of different faiths wear the Jewish kippah during a demonstration against anti-Semitism in Germany in April. | Jens Meyer, AP
March 5, 2024

Security funding approved for Jewish day schools

Legislation sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis would bolster security at a time of rising antisemitic incidents.…

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Dick Colon, one of the white house boys, walks through grave sites near the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. | Phil Coale, AP
March 4, 2024

Dozier victims endured woeful abuse under Florida’s watch

The Legislature has approved restitution for men who were physically and sexually abused as boys while in state custody at…

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March 1, 2024

House passes Palatka rep’s bill to lower gun-buying age

The House passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Bobby Payne that would lower the minimum age to buy rifles and…

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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 23, 2024

Legislature restricts driving in the left lane

A bill sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis would prohibit driving in the left lane on highways except under certain conditions,…

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The "Social Media Use for Minors" bill was passed by the Florida Senate on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. | Lauren Witte, Fresh Take Florida
February 22, 2024

Legislature approves social media ban for kids

HB 1 bans all kids under 16 from using social media and requires everyone else to prove they are adults…