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Bill would end tenure of long-time public advocate on utilities with major rate cases...

Legislation that would force out veteran Public Counsel J.R. Kelly, who represents ordinary utility customers before the Florida Public Service Commission, passed its first...
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At session midpoint, FL lawmakers continue to ignore clean-energy bills that could slow harmful...

Despite recently acknowledging that climate change is real and increasingly dangerous, the Republican-controlled Legislature still is advancing virtually no legislation to reduce greenhouse gas...
A 'monster' of plastic litter stands outside Florida's historic capitol as Catherine Uden, Southast Florida campaign organizaer for Oceana, calls on lawmakers to reduce plastic waste. Photo: Laura Cassels

Plastics ‘monster’ haunts Capitol to call for waste reduction

A 15-foot-tall monster made of thousands of pieces of plastic litter was in the Florida Capitol this week to illustrate how much plastic enters...

Slap-down against Democrat Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried: GOP votes to take away her energy...

The Republican-controlled budget committee in the Florida House voted Wednesday to wrest control of the state Office of Energy away from the state's lone...

Sunscreen battle pits FL Republicans against Key West, Hawaii, FDA, and members of Congress

While Republican lawmakers in Florida rush to pass legislation shielding all sunscreens from local government restrictions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two Florida...

Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme...

FL Senate votes to block cities from banning some sunscreens, while FDA casts doubt...

The Florida Senate has voted to block cities from banning certain sunscreens, claiming use of the products should be encouraged to help protect people...

DeSantis moves to consolidate power; Fried pushes back to keep Office of Energy

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving in on Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried's turf - and she's not happy about...
preemption

Progressives condemn the state’s conservative attacks on home rule

Labor representatives, environmentalists, LGBTQ supporters, and others gathered in the Capitol Thursday to condemn legislative attacks on home rule that are killing progressive policies...

FL Senate ready to act on a bill that would block local governments from...

The Florida Senate is poised to block cities, like Key West, from banning the sale of sunscreen.When the Senate holds its first floor session...

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