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State senators want more rehabilitation for inmates and incentives to shorten prison sentences

A bipartisan effort advancing this week in the state Senate would bolster prison rehabilitation programs to allow inmates to earn shorter sentences.That concept, called gain time, is part of legislation sponsored by Republican Sen....
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Lawmaker hopes to ban the practice of secluding FL students and limit other restrictions

State Rep. Bobby DuBose is pushing lawmakers to outright ban the traumatic practice of secluding students and limit other restrictions facing children, particularly those with disabilities in Florida.DuBose, a Democrat who represents part of...

With a one-page form, doctors can approve vaccines for people ‘extremely vulnerable to COVID-19’

In an expansion of who gets to be vaccinated in Florida, the DeSantis administration will allow doctors, using a brief one-page form, to authorize COVID-19 vaccines for people below age 65 without having to...

U.S. Senate panel splits over Xavier Becerra, Biden’s pick to lead Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel divided evenly along party lines Wednesday over the nomination of Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.The 14-14 vote came in the...

Biden urges states to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is urging states to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccines, setting a goal of ensuring that every pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educator, school staff member and childcare worker is able...

In the battle against COVID variants, FL has become a troubling anomaly

Last year, not many people knew much about the coronavirus, let alone that it would mutate. But by now, variants of the virus causing COVID-19 are sweeping across the nation, with Florida in the...

Democrats accuse GOP leaders of pitching agenda that is ‘tone-deaf’ to needs of average Floridians

Florida Democratic lawmakers blasted Republicans Tuesday for a 2021 agenda considered tone-deaf to citizens, catering to corporate interests rather than help for Floridians struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic and its myriad side effects.“Despite...

DeSantis paints a positive picture of FL, and a scary one too, as 2021 Legislature convenes

Gov. Ron DeSantis gave two starkly different views of Florida during his State of the State speech on Tuesday, one part scary and the other, in his mind, rejuvenating.Opening the 2021 session of the...

Voters who approved boosting the minimum wage likely won’t support FL Senate President’s comments

A ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026 received some pushback Tuesday from a top state lawmaker during the opening of the 2021 legislative...
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FL Legislature convenes; aside from pandemic, unrest, and climate damage, lawmakers’ minds will be on 2022 elections

The Florida Legislature convenes today for a two-month-long session expected to be loaded with campaign-style theatrics ahead of 2022 elections and partisan debate over how to handle Florida’s coronavirus-related economic and public-health crises.The Senate...
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From migrant families to dropouts: Thousands of K-12 kids go ‘missing,’ leading to truancy issues and a state budget mess

School districts across Florida are looking high and low for tens of thousands of students who apparently did not enroll in a public school this year, raising questions about truancy laws and a state...

Gov. DeSantis, legislative Republicans target Chinese government over alleged espionage, trade-secrets theft

Gov. Ron DeSantis and House leaders announced a crackdown on what they called attempts by the Chinese and other governments to sew influence and steal trade secrets through Florida colleges, universities, and state and...

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