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Industry, Transportation & Infrastructure

Florida passes bill to ban left lane driving with few exceptions

February 23, 2024

Via: Fox News

The state of Florida is set to crack down on life in the fast lane. The Florida legislature has passed a bill that would ban motorists from cruising in the left lane of highways, sending it to Gov. Ron DeSantis […]


Policy, State & Local

Florida heads back to court in fight with Biden admin over migrant parole releases

January 25, 2024

Via: Fox News

The state of Florida is heading back to court on Friday for oral arguments in another case with potential implications for the handling of the ongoing crisis at the southern border — after a ruling earlier this year blocked the […]


Policy, State & Local

Civil rights groups sue Florida officials over new immigration law

July 18, 2023

Via: Federal News Network

Several civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging Florida’s new immigration law. The Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, Americans for Immigrant Justice and the American Immigration Council filed the lawsuit in […]


Policy, State & Local

Florida bans Chinese citizens from buying land: ‘We don’t want the CCP in the Sunshine State,’ DeSantis says

May 8, 2023

Via: Fox News

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday banning Chinese citizens from purchasing land in Florida unless they are also a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. “We don’t want the [Chinese Communist Party] in the Sunshine State,” DeSantis said at a press […]


Policy, State & Local

Texas, Florida push border laws as governors eye presidency

March 17, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

Led by tough-talking Republican governors weighing presidential runs, Texas and Florida are debating especially strict legislation on border security as the GOP tests federal authority over immigration. The moves in the two GOP-controlled statehouses come against a backdrop of polarization […]


Policy, State & Local

DeSantis 2024 prospects prompt Fla. lawmakers to review law

December 2, 2022

Via: Washington's Top News

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A “resign to run” law requires state officeholders to commit to leave their positions if […]


Policy, State & Local

A swing state no more? GOP confidence grows in Florida

October 24, 2022

Via: Washington's Top News

Democrats are increasingly concerned that Florida, once the nation’s premier swing state, may slip away this fall and beyond as emboldened Republicans capitalize on divisive cultural issues and demographic shifts in crucial contests for governor and the U.S. Senate. The […]


Policy, State & Local

Biden to focus on hurricane victims in Florida, not politics

October 5, 2022

Via: Washington's Top News

President Joe Biden will visit hurricane-ravaged Florida with a pledge that federal, state and local governments will work as one to help rebuild homes, businesses and lives — putting politics on mute for now to focus on those in need. […]


Policy, State & Local

Florida US House election: Democrats have huge advantage

January 11, 2022

Via: Washington's Top News

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won the Democratic nomination to fill a South Florida congressional seat by five votes last November. She’s hoping Tuesday’s general election won’t be nearly as close. Cherfilus-McCormick, a health care company CEO, faces Republican Jason Mariner in the […]


Industry, Workforce

Gov. DeSantis announces $6M Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for Sumter County

October 20, 2021

Via: Transportation Today News

On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state had awarded Sumter County a $6 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to complete a one and a half-mile road expansion serving a 300-acre industrial park. The road expansion will create […]


Education, Industry

4 of Florida’s 5 largest school districts to require masks

August 19, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

As more large school districts defy Florida’s ban on strict mask mandates, worries that rapidly spreading infections could force them to close classrooms are no longer theoretical: Thousands of schoolchildren are already being sent home, only days after their school […]


Health Care, Industry

Pandemic of unvaccinated continues to rage as states set new COVID records

August 18, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

As the hypertransmissible delta coronavirus variant continues its rampage through the unvaccinated, several states continue to set new COVID-19-case records, and many hospitals are hitting their limits. At least five states have exceeded their previous peaks of seven-day averages for […]


Health Care, Industry

Amid new virus surge, Florida skeptics reconsider vaccines

August 17, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

In a rural stretch of northeastern Florida where barely half the people have gotten a coronavirus shot, Roger West had no problem telling others he was “adamantly anti-vaccination.” The co-owner of the Westside Journal weekly newspaper used his voice as […]


Health Care, Industry, Policy, State & Local

Florida in revolt as COVID cases spike, DeSantis rejects health measures

August 6, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

The dire COVID-19 situation in Florida continues to worsen as local and federal leaders push back against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and his efforts to thwart public health measures. DeSantis has banned businesses, local governments, and schools in Florida from […]


Cybersecurity

Breach of Florida unemployment site affects nearly 58,000 accounts, state says

July 27, 2021

Via: StateScoop

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said this week that it recently learned of a “data security incident” that potentially exposed the personal information belonging to nearly 58,000 accounts on the state’s unemployment insurance system. The breach, which officials said […]


Policy, State & Local

As Florida remains uncalled, Democrats claim they spent $100 million there to distract Trump from the Midwest

November 4, 2020

Via: Fortune

President Donald Trump may have won Florida, but both Democrats and Republicans spent staggering amounts of money in an attempt to steal the state. With 29 electoral votes, the Sunshine State had the most to offer of any swing state. […]


Cybersecurity

ICE mined driver’s license photos for facial recognition

July 8, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are using facial recognition software to trawl through millions of driver’s license photos provided by 21 states to search and find suspects. News broke over the weekend that the FBI and immigration officials access images […]


Cybersecurity

Florida governor orders statewide review of election cybersecurity

May 23, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday ordered the state government and all 67 counties to review the security of their election systems, with a particular focus on cybersecurity. The order came eight days after DeSantis disclosed that hackers linked to […]


Cybersecurity

Russian hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county prior to 2016 election

April 19, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Russian operatives successfully targeted and hacked “at least one” Florida county government in the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to new findings by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The report, published Thursday by the Justice Department, […]


Federal, Policy

Florida governor proposes dismantling state technology agency

February 6, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis used his first budget since being inaugurated to propose eliminating the Agency for State Technology and sign the role of managing IT operations to the Department of Management Services. If carried out, it would be the […]