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June 29, 2019 - 9:12 am
MIAMI (AP) — Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. During the spring legislative session, Democrats argued that forcing felons who've completed their prison...
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June 22, 2019 - 9:50 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a nearly $91 billion budget Friday that increases money for education and the environment — but not before cutting $131 million from the spending plan lawmakers sent him. The governor had five pages of line-item vetoes on a wide range of areas,...
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June 12, 2019 - 7:11 am
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other countries under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, if the federal government gives it a green light. The Republican governor signed the bill in The Villages,...
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May 18, 2019 - 8:47 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida will become one of the last states to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. The new law will also ban the use of any handheld wireless communications devices in school and construction zones...
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May 18, 2019 - 8:42 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida will begin planning three new major toll highways through mostly rural areas under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday over the objections of environmentalists who have otherwise praised him since taking office. The roads would take traffic off heavily...
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May 15, 2019 - 10:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Floridians will save on back-to-school and hurricane supplies under sales tax holidays Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law. DeSantis signed the bill Wednesday at the annual governor's hurricane conference. The sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies will run from May 31...
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May 12, 2019 - 9:06 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed a bill that would have prevented Florida's local governments from banning plastic straws. DeSantis rejected the environmental regulation bill Friday, his first veto since taking office earlier this year. The legislation originally...
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May 09, 2019 - 7:08 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More Florida teachers will be eligible to carry guns in the classroom under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday that immediately implements recommendations from a commission formed after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland. DeSantis signed the bill...
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April 22, 2019 - 8:07 am
MIAMI (AP) — Florida lawmakers are considering several measures to address the state's long documented election woes. Problems with ballot counting - from the controversial 2000 presidential election to the 2018 statewide election - prompted Spring Hill Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia and two House...
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