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New FL law allows guns in schools co-located with churches; critics opposed expansion of gun rights

BY: - July 2, 2021

A new Florida law that expands rights to carry concealed firearms and erodes Florida’s prohibition of guns on school property is now in effect. The Republican-backed measure passed the Legislature this spring as Senate Bill 259 and was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday. Sen. Joe Gruters, a southwest Florida Republican and chairman […]

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49 innocent lives: Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida

BY: - June 12, 2021

Flags are at half-staff Saturday, from sunrise to sunset, commemorating the 49 lives lost and 53 wounded from the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. A proclamation from Gov. Ron DeSantis asked residents this morning to pause for a moment of silence. “The state of Florida will not tolerate hatred towards […]

Gov. DeSantis expects FL Senate to back his decision to remove suspended Broward sheriff

BY: - October 22, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Tuesday he expects the Republican-majority Florida Senate to back his removal of suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel in a floor session scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Whether that will be a slam-dunk decision isn’t clear. A Senate-appointed hearing officer, Special Master Dudley Goodlette, recommended reinstatement for the sheriff, finding that “the […]

Lawmakers begin their trek toward the 2020 session, talking budget, guns, hurricanes and more

BY: - September 16, 2019

They’re back. Florida lawmakers begin preparing for the 2020 legislative session on Monday, holding their first set of committee hearings this week. They’ll continue a series of meetings over the next four months, in preparation for the annual 60-day session, which opens Jan. 14. Lobbyists, advocacy groups, taxpayers and political gurus — 2020 will be […]

Fla. Democratic lawmakers reintroduce legislation to expand ‘red-flag’ law

BY: - August 12, 2019

In the wake of the mass shootings that took place earlier this month in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, two Florida Democrats from South Florida have filed legislation that would allow immediate family members to have the power to go before a judge to confiscate firearms from people they believe could post a significant […]

Following horrific shootings, ‘I’m trying to focus on solutions,’ Gov. DeSantis says

BY: - August 7, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis rejected suggestions Wednesday that President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric bears any responsibility for the white nationalism-inspired shootings in El Paso. “I know the media – particularly the national folks – they want to blame him for everything,” the governor told reporters. “I have no interest in being part of people’s political narratives. I […]