Briefs

Land acquisition: FL senator tries again to secure funds for conservation program mandated by 2014 voters

BY: - January 24, 2022

Despite a constitutional amendment in 2014 mandating a vigorous program to buy and preserve sensitive land in Florida, funding for the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund has been unreliable and by most accounts not what voters had in mind. On Monday, state Sen. Linda Stewart, an Orange County Democrat, reintroduced her annual effort to require […]

Civil-rights groups accuse south FL detention center of deleting video amid allegations of ‘inhumane’ treatment

BY: - January 24, 2022

A Glades County jail being used as a federal detention center is illegally destroying video footage that could substantiate reports of abuse of migrants held there, according to complaint filed Monday by civil-rights organizations. Glades County is in rural, inland south Florida just west of Lake Okeechobee. The complaint is a letter to federal agencies […]

FL has exceeded a 5 million mark for COVID-19 cases in the U.S., with numbers still growing

BY: - January 24, 2022

COVID-19 cases in Florida have exceeded 5 million — higher than only California and Texas, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most recent figure from the CDC for Florida is 5,303,818 cases, a cumulation of infections dating back to early 2020, when COVID-19 showed up and spread […]

FL is well behind other states when it comes to getting COVID booster shots

BY: - January 21, 2022

When Gov. Ron DeSantis hinted Friday that he hasn’t gotten a COVID booster shot, it wouldn’t be unusual. Florida is below the national average and well behind other states when it comes to COVID booster shots that can help ward off COVID-19, according to federal data. But the numbers show that many people across the […]

DeSantis, needled by Trump, hints that he’s skipped out on taking his COVID booster

BY: - January 21, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis came as close as he has to date Friday to acknowledging he has not taken a COVID booster shot — this after former President Donald Trump denounced “gutless” politicians who fail to disclose their vaccine status. DeSantis and his aides previously had maintained that the question was a private one. And, certainly, […]

First Lady DeSantis completes final chemo treatment after her breast cancer diagnosis, gov says

BY: - January 20, 2022

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis received her last treatment of chemotherapy for breast cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. It’s been almost five months since her diagnosis was made public by the governor’s office in early October. The governor updated Floridians and the press on her treatment milestone at the end of a Thursday press […]

Almost all FL abortions in 2020 were at 12 weeks or under; Hearing set Wednesday on 15-week ban

BY: and - January 18, 2022

The first legislative hearing on a proposed 15-week abortion ban in Florida is set for Wednesday, with new numbers showing that the vast majority of abortions in FL in 2020 were performed at 12 weeks or under. The data came from a 17-page legislative analysis released Tuesday and is related to a scheduled hearing Wednesday […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

FL’s growing medical marijuana program could lead to changes, from better access to stricter rules

BY: - January 14, 2022

With Florida’s medical marijuana program continuing to grow as more patients seek approval for marijuana cards, some state lawmakers in the 2022 session are pursuing changes to make it easier to access medical marijuana, raising concerns from some marijuana activists that physicians could be negatively impacted. The changes could mean everything from allowing patients to […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general from Ohio, Missouri, […]

‘Whatever it takes’: Abortion rights activists are preparing for battle

BY: - January 13, 2022

The Florida National Organization for Women (NOW) on Thursday said they’ll be pushing a “forceful statewide campaign to protect reproductive health and rights,” with lawmakers, lobbyists and various organizations preparing for a fight over a proposed 15-week abortion ban. And it’s only Day 3 in the Florida Legislature. HB 5 and SB 146 are the […]

Sinema won’t support changes in the Senate filibuster, in setback for voting rights

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday appeared to end a drive by Democrats to change the Senate’s filibuster rules and pass major voting rights legislation. Sinema said during a Senate floor speech that she believed any changes to the filibuster would continue to create political division, despite her concerns over a wave of […]