FL Legislature 2022

FL education officials approve military vet teaching pathway; DeSantis and Diaz on the defensive

BY: - August 17, 2022

State education officials Wednesday approved a new rule to allow military veterans who meet certain qualifications to head a Florida classroom without receiving a bachelor’s degree, though thousands of teachers are required to get a four-year college degree. In this case, a veteran with a military background would be under the guidance of an experienced […]

Falling fuel prices could take some savor out of FL Legislature’s coming gas tax holiday

BY: - August 15, 2022

Falling gas prices, which have contributed to a slowing rise in inflation, suggest the Florida Legislature missed the mark in timing a gas tax holiday for October. Gov. Ron DeSantis first proposed halting enforcement of the 25.3-cents levy in November, during a press conference in which he blamed rising inflation on President Joe Biden. Actually, […]

First day of 2022-23 school year feels ‘more normal’ but uncertainties and unease remain

BY: - August 10, 2022

The vast majority of school districts opened their classroom doors Wednesday, with hopes of a more normal school setting following a rocky two years that included the COVID pandemic, remote learning, mask controversies, an overhaul for statewide testing and prohibitions on certain school topics. “It feels like this year is closer to how it was […]

Religion-based claims are piling up against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban

BY: - August 9, 2022

Legal complaints are stacking up against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, all of them arguing that the law imposes a narrowly sectarian definition of when life begins upon other elements of the faith community that hold markedly different ideas about the matter. The trend began in early June, when Barry Silver, a South Florida lawyer and […]

The dizzying realities of battling cancer: First Lady announces launch of FL cancer resource site

BY: - August 3, 2022

First Lady Casey DeSantis on Wednesday announced the launch of Florida Cancer Connect, an online resource site for cancer patients to hear from survivors and access information to help navigate the dizzying realities of battling cancer. At a press conference at the Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville, she noted that while some cancer-focused non-profits are […]

Appellate court rules the state can continue to enforce 15-week abortion ban

BY: - July 21, 2022

A split state appeals court has refused to reinstate a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of Florida’s new 15-week abortion ban, meaning Florida’s 15-week abortion ban remains in effect. In a ruling handed down after 5 p.m. on Thursday, the First District Court of Appeal also rejected the state’s request to send the dispute directly to […]

Report: FL leads clean-energy growth in Southeast, but power industry must do more

BY: - July 20, 2022

Power companies’ pursuit of solar energy in Florida is outpacing efforts in other Southern states, and Florida Power and Light’s “Real Zero” plan to slash its climate-altering carbon emissions sets a new high bar, according to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). Florida far surpasses six other states in the number of solar panels […]

FL Attorney General Moody mum on abortion at ‘Moms’ summit as pro-choice protesters shout outside

BY: - July 16, 2022

TAMPA — Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody railed Saturday in Tampa about radical “programming of our children,” COVID lockdowns, censorship by Big Tech, lack of enforcement of border laws, and her work to oppose a COVID vaccine mandate in federal government. But with pro-choice demonstrators gathered on a corner near the Marriott Water Street, where […]

DeSantis calls on conservative ‘Moms’ at national summit to fight ‘leftist’ agenda

BY: - July 15, 2022

TAMPA — Claiming that Florida schools are undergoing “leftist indoctrination,” a “leftist agenda,” and “sexualization of children,” Gov. Ron DeSantis called on hundreds of members of “Moms For Liberty,” gathered in Tampa Friday, to fight. “You’ve got to stand up and you’ve got to fight,” DeSantis said in a keynote speech to the conservative, nearly […]

In national roundtable with VP Harris, state Rep. Driskell condemns FL abortion ban

BY: and - July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris met Friday with Democratic state legislators from Indiana, Florida, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana to discuss ways to protect reproductive rights. “The U.S. Supreme Court took away a constitutional right,” Harris said, adding that the overturning of Roe v. Wade poses one of the most challenging and troubling issues […]

FL prisons propose cutting visitation of inmates, cite chronic staffing shortages

BY: - July 8, 2022

Florida’s state-run prisons would be allowed to cut visitation with inmates in half to mirror staffing shortages under new rules proposed this week by the state Department of Corrections. Advocates for inmates and their families object, saying visitation is a boon to inmate behavior and helps maintain family ties critical for the success of inmates […]

Although the dropout rate has declined for decades, millions didn’t complete high school in 2020

BY: - July 7, 2022

In 2020, some 2 million American students between 16 to 24 years of age dropped out of school, according to federal data. Despite the large number, the drop-out rate had actually declined from 10 years before, meaning a lower percentage of students were considered dropouts than in 2010. The report measures the “status dropout rate,” […]