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Search and Rescue Efforts Underway Following Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 29th, afternoon, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. Earlier on Sep 29th, Governor DeSantis,…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Donations Are Pouring in to the Florida Disaster Fund to Help Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ian

The Florida Disaster Fund Has Received More Than $10 million in Donations TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Sep 29th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that within hours of activating, the Florida Disaster Fund has received over $10 million in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on State Preparedness for Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 28th, evening, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. Full remarks are available here. Ian…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Requests President Biden Approve Major Disaster Declaration and 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for 60 Days for Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis requested President Biden grant a Major Disaster Declaration for all 67 counties, for all categories, and all types of assistance, due to the ongoing devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian. If…

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First Lady DeSantis Announces Activation of Florida Disaster Fund in Preparation for Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 28th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund to support Florida’s communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida's official…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Requests President Biden Approve Major Disaster Declaration and 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for 60 Days for Hurricane Ian

Governor Ron DeSantis Requests President Biden Approve Major Disaster Declaration and 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for 60 Days for Hurricane Ian TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis requested President Biden grant a Major…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on State Response to Tropical Storm Ian, State Emergency Operations Center Activated to Level One

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Tropical Storm Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. Full remarks from this morning's press…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $1.9 Million to Expand Entrepreneurship Education and Training

Florida’s education system is now the number one in the world for entrepreneurship education and training Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $1.9 million to support entrepreneurship education and training…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Declares State of Emergency for 24 Counties, Urges Floridians to Prepare for Impacts from Tropical Depression 9

Governor DeSantis has also requested a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Sep 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-218, declaring a State of Emergency for 24 counties in the potential path…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Four Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. First Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Shelley…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Two Appointments to Florida’s Judicial Qualifications Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the appointment of Jonathan Bronitsky and Michelle Montanaro to the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is charged with investigating…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Counteracts Malign Influence by China and Other Hostile Nations in Florida through New Action

Miami — On Sep 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced executive action and legislative proposals to address threats posed by the Communist Party of China and other hostile foreign powers in cyberspace, real estate, and academia. These measures…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Timothy Bobanic as Brevard County Supervisor of Elections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Timothy Bobanic as Brevard County Supervisor of Elections. The appointment is effective October 1, 2022. Timothy Bobanic Bobanic, of Melbourne, is the…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Florida Cancer Connect Spanish Translations

Updates include a Spanish translation of all web pages, release of new survivor videos in Spanish and English and Spanish subtitles to all current survivor videos Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 21st, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced updates…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-215 (Executive Order of Suspension)

On Sep 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-215 (Executive Order of Suspension), suspending Jose Angel Martinez from his position as County Commissioner for Miami-Dade County, District 11. On August 30, 2022, an Information was…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2023 Legislative Proposal to Provide Family Focused Tax Relief

Bradenton, FL. — On Sep 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a portion of his tax relief proposal for the upcoming legislative session which would provide $1.1 billion in tax relief for Florida families through multiple tax holidays, if…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Celebrates Constitution Day

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis marked the 235th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s Constitution, which will be commemorated tomorrow, September 17th. To download a video of his remarks courtesy…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Barbers’ Board

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jorge Rivera and the reappointment of Edwin Stewart to the Barbers’ Board. Jorge Rivera Rivera, of Orlando, is the Owner and a Barber at Classic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Board of Cosmetology

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Trena Giddens and the reappointment of Marisol Marin to the Board of Cosmetology. Trena Giddens Giddens, of Quincy, is the Owner and a Stylist at…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Boating Advisory Council

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Hunter Bland, Christopher Castelli, and Robert Hilliard to the Boating Advisory Council. Hunter Bland Bland, of Williston, is a National Boating Safety…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Leads the Nation with the Lowest Unemployment Rate among the Nation’s Ten Largest States and the Most New Business Formations in the Country

Florida’s Labor Force and Private Sector Employment Maintains Steady Growth While National Unemployment Rate Increases Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s unemployment rate remained strong…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Nearly $30 Million through Groundbreaking Initiative to Support Workforce Development in Florida’s Space Coast

Florida Makes Strides towards Becoming First in the Nation for Workforce Education Daytona Beach, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that nearly $30 million will be dedicated to support workforce development in the Space…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Expansion of CDL Training Opportunities and Apprenticeship Programs in Florida

Niceville, FL – On Sep 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced major expansion of Florida’s Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training as well as the creation of new opportunities for apprenticeships in Florida. Governor DeSantis awarded…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Highlights Success of Continue the Mission Initiative to Recruit Veterans to Care for Florida’s Most Vulnerable Children

Continue the Mission recruits veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers to serve as CPIs, APIs, DCF case managers and mentors Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 13th, First Lady Casey DeSantis highlighted the success of her…

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Florida Public Universities Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that U.S. News and World Report released their 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, with Florida Public Universities earning top spots across multiple categories. The Best Colleges…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Recognition Payments for Florida’s First Responders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Sep 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis met with first responders from The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department to deliver $1,000 bonuses that reward our first responders and recognize them for their dedicated public…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Commemorates 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Irma, Encourages Floridians to Prepare for Historical Peak of Hurricane Season

Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 9th, on the eve of the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma, Governor Ron DeSantis celebrates the resiliency of impacted communities across the state and encourages all Floridians to remain prepared as Florida enters…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Hosts a Women of Faith Lunch Reception to Discuss Hope Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Sep 9th, First Lady Casey DeSantis welcomed female faith leaders from across Florida into the Governor’s Mansion to discuss her Hope Florida initiative and identify additional ways to partner with Florida’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Florida’s Number One Ranking for Education Freedom

Orlando, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at the unveiling of The Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Education Freedom Report Card where he highlighted Florida’s number one ranking. The report lauds Florida’s dedication…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Robert “Bruce” Deardoff and Dr. Edgar Figueroa to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees. Robert “Bruce”…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jaymie Carter, Tracy Knight, Ryan Moore and Rodney Thomson to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees. Jaymie Carter …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Pensacola State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gabriel Bullaro, Julie Sheppard, and Gordon Sprague and the reappointment of Kevin Lacz to the Pensacola State College District Board of Trustees. Gabriel…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Good, Amy Lockhart and Shawn Molsberger to the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees. John Good Good is Vice President of Good Capital…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Kelly Kwiatek and the reappointment of Garry Lubi and Randall Howard to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees. Kelly Kwiatek Kwiatek is…

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MEMORANDUM: Executive Order 22-213 (Activating Florida National Guard to Assist the Department of Corrections)

On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-213 activating the Florida National Guard to assist the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) in an effort to reduce overtime and provide relief for correctional officers on a temporary…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On Sep 8th, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96. She was with her closest friends and family at her Balmoral estate in Scotland. Her 70-year reign was the longest of any monarch of the United Kingdom and encompassed over a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2023 Legislative Proposal for Toll Relief at All Florida Toll Facilities

Proposal will save the average commuter $550 over one year MIAMI — On Sep 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his legislative proposal to provide discounts on tolls for frequent commuters using any toll roads across the state. Under…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes 36 Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On June 2, 2022, HB 7027 became law and “the terms of all members of the judicial nominating commissions of the First District Court of Appeal, the Second District Court of Appeal, and the Fifth District Court of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Omar 'Sean' Martin to the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss and Projection Methodology

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Sep 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Omar “Sean” Martin to the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss and Projection Methodology. Omar “Sean” Martin Martin, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Halifax Health Board of Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Audrey Butler and the reappointment of Dr. Carl “Rick” Lentz III to the Halifax Health Board of Commissioners. Audrey Butler, PhD Butler is…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Meghan Collins to the Council for Early Grade Success

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Meghan Collins to the Council for Early Grade Success. Meghan Collins Collins, of Tallahassee, is a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Florida’s…

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On Medicare, Florida’s Rick Scott Picks A Fight He Cannot Win — MSNBC

Here’s what you need to know: Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott is trying to steal from the poor and give to the rich. His new plan taxes working families, while the wealthy and corporations continue to enjoy big tax breaks... Not only that,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Lawsuit Against Biden Administration’s Reckless Delay of Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program

Lakeland, FL — On Aug 31st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to their unreasonable delay of more than 630 days in approving Florida’s proposal for its Canadian…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $2.7 Million to City of Fort Pierce for Infrastructure Improvements Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Fort Pierce, FL -- On Aug 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $2.7 million to the City of Fort Pierce through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The City of Fort Pierce will facilitate infrastructure improvements and the redevelopment of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $1.9 Million to Suwannee County for Infrastructure Expansion Through the Job Growth Grant Fund

Live Oak, FL — On Aug 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $1.9 million to Suwannee County through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The project will support business growth of the Suwannee County Catalyst Site, a 500-acre industrial…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Expands Hope Florida to Support Seniors Through ‘A Pathway to Purpose’

The Villages, FL. — On Aug 30th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the expansion of her Hope Florida initiative to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. This expansion, called Hope Florida – A Pathway to Purpose, will provide…

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Video Releases: Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Celebrate Special Olympians

Tallahassee, FL — Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis welcomed Special Olympians to the Governor’s Mansion for an event which included medal winners from the Special Olympics 2022 USA Games and athletes and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $68 Million for Electric Transit Buses

Electric buses modernize public transit, reduce emissions, and improve air quality Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis celebrated another step in the state’s efforts to modernize public transit and reduce air…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Suspends Four Broward School Board Members from Office

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Broward School Board Members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson from office following the recommendations of the Twentieth Statewide Grand Jury to…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Anniversary of the Death of American Servicemembers During the Evacuation from Afghanistan

One year ago, a detachment of brave American servicemembers was guarding the gates of the Hamid Karzai International Airport while hundreds of Americans and allies evacuated from Kabul as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. These soldiers…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Special Agent Jose Perez

On Saturday, August 20, 2022, Special Agent Jose Perez passed away 17 days after sustaining injuries from a vehicle crash while responding to a building alarm. Special Agent Perez joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after retiring as a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints David Corbin to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of David Corbin to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners. David Corbin Corbin, of Chipley, is the Owner of Chipley Gun and Pawn, Inc. He is a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Commission on Ethics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Edwin Moore and the reappointment of Glenton Gilzean to the Florida Commission on Ethics. Edwin Moore, PhD Moore is the former President and Chief…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Lake-Sumter State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Bret Jones, Timothy Morris, and Marlene O’Toole and the reappointment of David Hidalgo and Ivy Parks to the Lake-Sumter State College District Board of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, Fla. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Melissa Cauley, Travis “Dell” Corbin, James Dean, Joel Paul, Daniel Ryals III, and Karla Worley to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees. …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Russell Branson, Fredrick Roberts Jr., Charlie Stone, and Dr. Michael Torres to the College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees. Russell Branson…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the College of the Florida Keys District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Leben, Kevin Madok, Michelle Maxwell, Michael Puto, Stephanie Scuderi, Sheldon Suga, and Richard Weinstein to the College of the Florida Keys District…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Niva Falk to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Niva Falk to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Niva Falk Falk, of Parkland, owns and operates her own practice as a Speech-Language…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces SunPass Savings

New Program Will Provide Toll Discounts for Commuters Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of “SunPass Savings,” a new toll discount program for customers who use Florida’s Turnpike…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2022-2023 Student and Educator Contests

For the first year, student essay and art contests will now include Native American Heritage Month in addition to the recurring Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 25th, First Lady Casey DeSantis…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Cabinet Invest More than $56 Million to Acquire Nearly 20,000 Acres for Conservation

Tallahassee, FL. — On Aug 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet invested more than $56 million to acquire seven properties across the state that will be designated for conservation. The seven parcels total nearly 20,000 acres,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Eliminates ESG Considerations from State Pension Investments

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis along with fellow Trustees of the State Board of Administration (SBA) passed a resolution directing the state of Florida’s fund managers to invest state funds in a manner that…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Mark Glass as Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the approval of Mark Glass as Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Glass has been serving as the Acting Commissioner since May 1, 2022. “As…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Detective Cesar 'Echy' Echaverry

On Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry passed from critical injuries sustained in the line of duty on August 15, 2022. He served the community as a law enforcement officer for the last five years in Miami-Dade…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $3.8 Million for Hazard Mitigation Projects in Northwest Florida

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $3.8 million to Bay County, Chipola College, the City of Cottondale, and the Town of Havana for hazard mitigation projects. These projects will construct, rehabilitate, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Amanda Eldridge and Martha Robertson and the reappointment of Jennie Goodman to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation. Amanda Eldridge Eldridge, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Ten to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Annmarie Chavarria, Kristina Cloversettle, Julianne Colle, Mary Ann Enns, Michele Heston, Robert Keiser, Louisana Louis, Robin McGuinness, Jacqueline Munro, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Pinellas County Housing Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chloe Firebaugh, Veronica Hickey, Wayne Mineo, and Alen Tomczak to the Pinellas County Housing Authority. Chloe Firebaugh Firebaugh, of St. Petersburg,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Melissa Raburn and Stacie Ward to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. Melissa Raburn Raburn, of Lithia, is a Real Estate Agent for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gregory Burke, Holly Dennis, Gerald “Steve” Jernigan, and Timothy Nolen to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Gregory Burke …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $22 Million for Community Development Projects in 10 Florida Communities

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $22 million for community development projects in 10 Florida communities through the Community Development Block Grant - CV (CDBG-CV) program. The CDBG-CV program,…

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Governor DeSantis Announces the Arrest of 20 Elections Criminals

In Florida, if you commit an Elections Crime, you will do the time Fort Lauderdale, FL -- On Aug 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that following investigations by the Florida Office of Election Crimes and Security and the Florida…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Historic 2.7 Percent as State’s Job Creation Skyrockets

Florida Reaches Record Levels of Unemployment and Job Creation as Florida’s Labor Force Grows and Floridians Connect with Job Opportunities TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gregory Burke, Holly Dennis, Gerald “Steve” Jernigan, and Timothy Nolen to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Gregory Burke Burke is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $22 Million for Community Development Projects in 10 Florida Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $22 million for community development projects in 10 Florida communities through the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) program. The CDBG-CV program,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Pinellas County Housing Authority

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chloe Firebaugh, Veronica Hickey, Wayne Mineo, and Alen Tomczak to the Pinellas County Housing Authority. Chloe Firebaugh Firebaugh, of St. Petersburg, is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Melissa Raburn and Stacie Ward to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. Melissa Raburn Raburn, of Lithia, is a Real Estate Agent for Fischbach…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Ten to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Annmarie Chavarria, Kristina Cloversettle, Julianne Colle, Mary Ann Enns, Michele Heston, Robert Keiser, Louisana Louis, Robin McGuinness, Jacqueline Munro, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Teacher Recruitment Initiatives and Education Rule Changes that Allow Florida Veterans to Receive College Credit for Military Courses

Pensacola, FL. — On Aug 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted proposals for the 2023 Legislative Session that will help support and grow Florida’s teaching workforce and leverage the talents of Florida’s retired veterans and…

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Senator Taddeo, Joined by 37 Democrat FL Legislators, Urge White House to Renew and Redesignate TPS For Nicaraguans

Miami, FL -- On Wednesday, August 17th, Senator Annette Taddeo, joined by 37 Democrat Florida Legislators, urged the Biden administration to renew and redesignate TPS for Nicaraguans. Since taking power, the Ortega-Murillo regime has destabilized…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $3.8 Million for Hazard Mitigation Projects in Northwest Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $3.8 million to Bay County, Chipola College, the City of Cottondale, and the Town of Havana for hazard mitigation projects. These projects will construct, rehabilitate, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Amanda Eldridge and Martha Robertson and the reappointment of Jennie Goodman to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation. Amanda Eldridge Eldridge, of Ponce de…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Three New Initiatives to Elevate Teachers and Students’ Learning

New Port Richey, FL — On Aug 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced three proposals for the 2023 Legislative Session that will help support and grow Florida’s teaching workforce and leverage the talents of Florida’s retired veterans…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Veterans to Apply for Temporary Teaching Certificates

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a new webpage to help recruit qualified military veterans to join schools across the state. On August 17th, the State Board of Education will consider a rule to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $276,000 to Foster Economic Development Through the Competitive Florida Partnership Program

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $276,000 through the Competitive Florida Partnership program to fund the creation of strategic plans for fostering economic development in Archer, Gretna, Keystone Heights, North…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Josie Tamayo as CEO of Volunteer Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Josefina “Josie” Tamayo has been appointed as CEO of Volunteer Florida. Tamayo most recently served as General Counsel at the Agency for Health Care…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Nearly $1.6 Million to Tallahassee Community College Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded nearly $1.6 million to Tallahassee Community College (TCC) through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to enhance workforce education opportunities in the healthcare industry. This…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Mayor Susan Whelchel

On August 5, 2022, Former Mayor Susan Whelchel of Boca Raton passed away. Whelchel was a resident of Boca Raton for the last 44 years. She served as Mayor of Boca Raton from 2008 to 2014. Prior to serving as Mayor, Whelchel served three terms as…

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ICYMI From First Lady Casey DeSantis: Florida Helps, Then Gets Out of the Way

First Lady Casey DeSantis recently provided commentary on her innovative initiative “Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity” in the Wall Street Journal. Tallahassee, FL -- As Florida’s first lady, and a mom with three…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Nine to the Florida Citrus Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Christopher Groom, Steve Johnson, Carlos Martinez, Martin McKenna, Paul Meador, William Poulton, John “Pat” Schirard, John Smoak, and Daniel Sutton…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the State Apprenticeship Advisory Council

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Karen Nichols and Robert Tidwell to the State Apprenticeship Advisory Council. Karen Nichols Nichols, of Kissimmee, is the Training Director for the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Northwest Florida State College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jack “Tanner” Peacock and Dr. Jon Ward and the reappointment of Lori Kelley to the Northwest Florida State College District Board of Trustees. …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ralph Hadley, Owen McCaul and Dr. Thomas Zavelson and the reappointment of Christine Chapman to the Board of Trustees for the Florida School for the Deaf and the…

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Beware of "Pig Butchering" Cryptocurrency Scam

Floridians, This week, I issued a consumer alert warning all Floridians to beware of a recent cryptocurrency scam known as "pig butchering" or "pig slaughtering." These scammers are getting people to put large sums of money into a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Judge Renatha Francis to Serve on the Florida Supreme Court

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court. Francis’ appointment fills the vacancy of former Florida Supreme Court Justice Al Lawson, who…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Kicks Off Florida Python Challenge Competition

MIAMI — On Aug 5th, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined hundreds of competitors to kick off the 2022 Florida Python Challenge. Over 800 participants and counting, from 32 states and Canada, are beginning their search to find and remove invasive…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Three Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces three judicial appointments: one to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, one to the Hillsborough County Court, and one to the Hernando County Court. Cynthia Oster, of Tampa,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Suspends State Attorney Andrew Warren for Refusing to Enforce Florida Law

Governor DeSantis appoints current Hillsborough County Judge Susan Lopez to serve as Acting State Attorney of the 13th Judicial Circuit Tampa, FL— On Aug 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Opioid Recovery Program in Florida

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – On Aug 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida health officials to announce the expansion of a new, piloted substance abuse and recovery network to disrupt the opioid epidemic. The network of addiction care –…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Launches Florida Cancer Connect

A Statewide Initiative to Provide Cancer Information and Survivor Stories Jacksonville, Fla. – On Aug 3rd, First Lady Casey DeSantis unveiled Florida Cancer Connect, an initiative that focuses on providing information on cancer treatment,…

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Memorandum: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of United States Representative Jackie Walorski

On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, United States Representative Jackie Walorski passed away at the age of 58. She represented Indiana’s Second Congressional District from 2013 until her recent passing. During her time as a United States…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Education Commission of the States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Angela Falconetti and Henry Mack to the Education Commission of the States. Angela Falconetti, EdD Falconetti, of Winter Haven, is the President of Polk State…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Lee "Gene" Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Lee "Gene" Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lee “Gene” Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County. Cherie Hill Hill, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors. Erin Knight Knight, of Coral Gables, is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board. Adria Starkey Starkey, of Naples, is the Collier County President of FineMark…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gary Lester and Gary Nicklaus and the reappointment of Steven Hudson to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Steven Hudson…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Lee 'Gene' Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lee “Gene” Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners. Lee “Gene” Bailey Bailey, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Jeffery Moore to the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jeffery Moore to the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners. Jeffery Moore Moore, of Havana, is a former Tax Law…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County. Cherie Hill Hill, of Lake City, is an Adjunct Instructor at Saint Leo…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees. Eugene Lamb, Jr. Lamb, of Midway, is a retired teacher who taught in Leon,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board. Adria Starkey…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gary Lester and Gary Nicklaus and the reappointment of Steven…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Initiatives to Protect Floridians from ESG Financial Fraud

Tampa, FL — On July 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced legislative proposals and administrative actions to protect Floridians from the environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) movement which threatens the vitality of the…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Leads Mission to United Kingdom for Farnborough International Airshow

Tallahassee, Fla. — On July 27th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez highlighted her aerospace and aviation mission to the United Kingdom for the Farnborough International Airshow, which took place from July 16—20. During the…

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$12 Million in Down Payment Assistance Awarded to Hometown Heroes Since June 1

Tallahassee, FL — On July 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that since the Hometown Heroes housing assistance program launched on June 1, Florida Housing Finance Corporation has provided more than $12 million in down payment assistance to…

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Senator Taddeo Hosts Free Citizenship Drive With The Florida Immigrant Coalition and New Americans Campaign To Assist Immigrants In Our Community

MIAMI -- On Saturday, July 30th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Senator Taddeo is partnering with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the New Americans Campaign for a FREE Citizenship Drive at the Kendall Branch Library, by appointment only. This…

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Governor DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Save on Back to School Items During Sales Tax Holiday

2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Extended to 14 Days TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida families prepare for another school year, Governor Ron DeSantis is encouraging Floridians to save money on school supplies from July 25 - August 7.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Jeanette Rubio to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking

Tallahassee, FL — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Jeanette Rubio to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Michael Greenwell to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Greenwell to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. Michael Greenwell Greenwell, of Alva, is the owner of 31 Produce and the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Alicia Beshears as Taylor County’s Superintendent of Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Alicia Beshears as Taylor County’s Superintendent of Schools. Alicia Beshears Beshears, of Perry, was previously the Grants Coordinator for the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Board of Pilot Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robert Benson, Sheldon Bernau, Bruce Cumings, Thomas “Jason” Hodge, and Brian Seuter and the reappointment of Michael Jaccoma to the Board of Pilot…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Defense Support Task Force

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gregory Billman and Steven “Reeves” Valentine to the Florida Defense Support Task Force. Gregory Billman Billman, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Denounces the Cuban Regime’s Attempts to Steal from Americans with Deceitful Foreign Investment Policies

Tallahassee, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida to issue an alert warning Floridians not to let the communist Cuban regime steal their money through a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis is excited to announce two judicial appointments, one to the First Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Escambia County Court. Randall “Todd” Harris, of Cantonment, to…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Awards Hope Florida Funds to Five Northwest Florida Organizations Giving Hope to Florida Families

Freeport, FL — On July 21st, First Lady Casey DeSantis awarded five outstanding Northwest Florida organizations with $5,000 each through the Hope Florida Fund. She also awarded each organization with the First Lady’s Medal for Courage,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida’s Statewide Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8 Percent, Despite National Economic Conditions

More Floridians Enter the Workforce as National Labor Force Shrinks Tallahassee, FL —On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s June 2022 data indicates that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Over $4.2 Million to Lee County Port Authority through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Tallahassee, FL — On July 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded over $4.2 million to the Lee County Port Authority through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to rehabilitate Chamberlin Parkway at Southwest Florida International Airport. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes 50 Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On July 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission Fred Karlinsky,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $430,000 to Manatee Technical College through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for Workforce Development

Tallahassee, FL — On July 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $430,000 to Manatee Technical College through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The award funds a Diesel Systems Technology course to prepare a highly skilled workforce for…

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Governor DeSantis Awards $6.5 Million to Launch Civics Academies, Training the Next Generation of State and Local Leaders

Tallahassee, FL — On July 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded Polk State College, Broward College, and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) with $6.5 million to launch the Career Pathways for Public Service Initiative, which will…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Makes Major Announcements to Support the Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity Initiative

Tampa, FL — On July 15th, First Lady Casey DeSantis held a roundtable discussion to highlight how the State of Florida is working to support and empower Florida’s foster and adoptive families through the Hope Florida – A Pathway to…

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In Case You Missed It: From the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council

New Seaports Report Shows Florida’s Ports Well-Positioned to Take Advantage of Realignment in Global Trade Routes Florida’s “Open for Business” Strategy Answering Supply Chain Demands Tallahassee, FL – Strong…

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Governor Signs Local Bill to Help Apopka Restaurants

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently approved House Bill 1431 Relating to the City of Apopka, which grants small restaurants located in the Apopka Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) District the authority to get a Special Food Service license…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

Tallahassee, FL – On July 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. Craig McCarthy, of Orlando, to serve as Judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court McCarthy has served as a General…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Recognizes Florida’s Teacher of the Year Finalists

ORLANDO, Fla. – On July 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis attended Florida’s annual Teacher of the Year Conference in Orlando to recognize the best educators in the state. At the event, Governor DeSantis highlighted five teacher of the year…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Additional Actions to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Floridians

Cape Coral, FL — On July 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-164 to drive transparency in prescription costs for Floridians. This order will ensure reforms are in place to hold Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs) accountable…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Auctioneers

Tallahassee, FL — On Jul 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Donald Cotton, Stan Crooks, Ransom Hartman, and Pamela Steele to the Board of Auctioneers. Donald Cotton Cotton, of Cantonment, is a Realtor with ERA…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Steve Moore to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Clarence “Steve” Moore to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees. Clarence “Steve” Moore Moore, of Saint Johns,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On July 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis makes one judicial appointment to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Melanie Surber, of Delray Beach, to serve as Judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court Surber …

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Statewide Public Health Advisory Following Press Conference and Agency Roundtable in Gadsden County

Quincy, FL – On July 7th, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Shevaun Harris, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Acting Commissioner Mark Glass, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record Surplus for Fiscal Year 2021-22

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On July 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the surplus for Fiscal Year 2021-22 is $21.8 billion – the highest in state history and more than 21 percent above the state budget for the fiscal year. Collections in May…

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ICYMI from the Department of Education: Florida School Grades Far Exceed Expectations

Data shows Florida’s schools performed much better than expected due to policies that kept schools open and kept students in the classroom Tallahassee, FL – On July 7th, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released school grades…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Appointment of Peter Antonacci as Director of the Office of Election Crimes and Security

Tallahassee, FL -- On July 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Peter Antonacci as Director of the Office of Election Crimes and Security, housed within the Florida Department of State. The Office of Election Crimes and Security…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Students’ Elevating their Excellence in Civics

Despite Biden Administration’s Attempts to Devolve History into Squishy Theory, Florida’s Students Continue to Learn Real History and Civic Responsibility SANFORD, Fla. — On June 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis released the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the Commission for Independent Education

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Mildred Coyne, Jeff Cross, Judith Marty, Troy Stefano, Sharon Taylor-Ellis, Kristin Whitaker, and Burton “Tra” Williams III to the Commission for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $15.6 Million to Expand Access to Cybersecurity and IT Training

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz announced $15.6 million to expand cybersecurity and IT training in Florida. This announcement is part of Governor DeSantis’ goal to make…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Abraham “Abe” Alangaden, Erick Arroyo, Bayne Beecher, Melvin “Mel” Ponder, Brian Sartain, Meredith Stanfield, and Representative Dana…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Expand Opportunities for Bright Futures Scholarship

Tampa, FL — On June 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 461 to expand eligibility requirements for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to include paid work experience as a substitute for service hours. This expansion will allow…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Miya’s Law to Strengthen Renter Safety

Tallahassee, FL — On June 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 898, designated as “Miya’s Law”, to strengthen residential tenant safety measures including requiring background checks for prospective employees,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 461 – Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Student Service Requirements CS/SB 898 – Lodging Standards To read the transmittal…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Pedro Allende as Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services

Tallahassee, FL — On June 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Pedro Allende as Secretary of the Department of Management Services (DMS). Allende, an attorney, has been a member of Florida’s Cybersecurity Advisory…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirty Three Bills and Vetoes Five Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 144 – Identification Cards SB 156 – Loss Run Statements CS/SB 254 – Religious Institutions SB 288 – Electronic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three Judges of Compensation Claims

Tallahassee, FL – On June 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces three appointments to the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims. Jill Jacobs, of Satellite Beach, to serve as a Judge of Compensation Claims Jacobs has served as a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record Breaking Alzheimer’s Funding and Innovative Florida Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence

Fort Lauderdale, FL — On June 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted record funding for Alzheimer’s and related dementias and signed Senate Bill 806, to establish the Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On June 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/SB 806 – Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Forms of Dementia Education and Public Awareness To read the transmittal letter, click…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Continue the Mission Initiative

Pensacola, FL — On June 22nd, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of the Continue the Mission initiative, which will recruit veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers to be child protective investigators and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Delivers Victory for Special Olympians Restricted from Competing in USA Games, Extends Invitation for Florida Showcase

Tallahassee, FL. – On June 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis is proud to announce that after receiving notice of a fine from the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Special Olympics International (SOI) has agreed to honor athletes from across the…

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Floridians' Tax Dollars Prohibited from Going to Corporations That Facilitate the Transport of Illegal Aliens into Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – On Friday, June 17, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1808, which prohibits governmental entities, including state agencies and local governments, from contracting with common carriers who knowingly transport…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $4 Million to the Town of Callahan Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

CALLAHAN, FL -- On June 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $4 million to the Town of Callahan through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to construct a clean water supply plant at Crawford Diamond Industrial Park, which is a 1,800-acre industrial…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Twelve Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/SB 196 – Florida Housing Finance Corporation CS/CS/SB 596 – Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels CS/SB 598 – Public…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $28.4 Million in Funding for Economic Growth to 23 Florida Communities

Tallahassee, FL — On June 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $28.4 million in funding for economic growth and community resiliency to 23 Florida communities through the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV)…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the State Retirement Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Kessie and Azhar Khan to the State Retirement Commission. Michael Kessie Kessie, of Bradenton, is the former Chief of Police of the New…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints David Hodges Jr. to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of David Hodges Jr. to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. David Hodges Jr. Hodges, of Jacksonville, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Medicine

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Amy Derick, Dr. Patrick Hunter, and Nicole Justice and the reappointment of Dr. David Diamond to the Board of Medicine. Dr. Amy Derick Dr. Derick…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints John Holley to the Florida Athletic Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Holley to the Florida Athletic Commission. John Holley Holley, of Tallahassee, is the Vice President of State Government Affairs at Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Thirty Seven Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 30, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 1808 – Immigration Enforcement SB 144 – …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: -- CS/SB 1534 - Retail Theft -- CS/SB 1808 - Immigration Enforcement To read the transmittal letter, click…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Senior Investigator Kyle Patterson

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Senior Investigator Kyle Patterson was killed at the age of 35 after a vehicle accident while on duty. He graduated from the FWC Law Enforcement Academy and began working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Four Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 30, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/HB 1499 – City of Key West, Monroe County…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Additional Actions to Protect Floridians from Biden’s Border Crisis

Pensacola, FL — On June 17th, Governor DeSantis announced three significant actions Florida is taking to address the Biden Border Crisis. First, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida has formed a strike force of state and local law…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Three Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/SB 364 – Specialty License Plates CS/CS/SB 1062 – Service of Process CS/CS/CS/SB 1078 – Soil and Water Conservation Districts…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2022 Florida Python Challenge

MIAMI — On June 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that registration for the 2022 Florida Python Challenge® has opened and the annual 10-day event will be held August 5-14, 2022. Members of the public are now able to take the required…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Awards to Assist with Community Planning Projects

Tallahassee, FL — On June 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $1.5 million in awards to assist Florida communities with community planning projects through the Community Planning Technical Assistance (CPTA) and the Rural…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Officer Christopher Fariello

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Officer Christopher Fariello was killed at the age of 34 when a fleeing suspect hit his patrol car head-on. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 and began working for the Wilton Manors Police Department.…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Pasco County Commissioner Sylvia Young

On June 7, 2022, Former Pasco County Commissioner Sylvia Young passed away at the age of 83. Young was a lifelong resident of Darby, Florida. She served on the Pasco County Commission from 1980 until 2000 and was one of the first females to do so.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Unveils the Florida State Guard

Madeira Beach, FL — On June 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reestablishment of the Florida State Guard and introduced the new director of this emergency-focused civilian volunteer force, retired Marine Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Chris…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Certified List of Candidates for Florida Supreme Court

Tallahassee, FL — On June 13th, the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) provided Governor DeSantis’ Office the certified list of nominees to fill the vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court created by the retirement of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Support Retired Law Enforcement K-9s

Bunnell, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 226, establishing the Care for Retired Police Dogs program. The program will help caregivers of retired police dogs pay for veterinary costs of the dogs. The program is…

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More than 30,000 Floridians Assisted through First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity

Family-centered initiative reaches new milestone Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity has now helped more than 30,000 Floridians on their road to economic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Donald Wiley to the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Donald Wiley to the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners. Donald Wiley Wiley, of The Villages, is the Owner of Gold Wingnut…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee

Tallahassee, FL -- On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Matthew Eaton and Samantha Ferrin to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee. Matthew Eaton Eaton, of Kissimmee, is the Vice…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Healthy Kids Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Andrea Gary and Jason Weida to the Florida Healthy Kids Board of Directors. Andrea Gary Gary, of Tallahassee, is the Bureau Chief of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: -- CS/SB 226 – Care for Retired Police Dogs To read the transmittal letter, click…

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Memorandum: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Pulse Remembrance Day

Six years ago, on June 12, 2016, a shooter claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant committed a horrific act of terrorism against the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, it was…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Jigisa Patel-Dookhoo, of Rockledge, to serve as Judge on the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Six Bills to Support Florida’s Military Families

Fort Walton Beach, FL — On June 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed six bills to support veterans, military members, and their families in finding employment and educational opportunities in Florida. These pieces of legislation build on funding…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Raemi Eagle-Glenn to the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Jun 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Raemi Eagle-Glenn to the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County. Raemi Eagle-Glenn Eagle-Glenn, of Gainesville, is a lawyer…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Ten Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On June 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 24, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 196 – Florida Housing Finance…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Six Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 45 – Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans CS/SB 430 – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Surpasses Four-Year Goal for Everglades Restoration and the Protection of Water Resources

FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. — On June 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted the signing of the Freedom First Budget and more than $1.2 billion for Everglades restoration and the protection of Florida’s water resources. Through the Freedom…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $500 Million Building Upon His Historic Commitment to Enhancing Community Resiliency

West Palm Beach, FL — On June 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted more than $500 million for resiliency included in the FY 2022-23 Freedom First Budget. This investment includes more than $270 million to fully fund all three years of the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Eight Bills and Vetoes One

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On June 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 914 – Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles CS/CS/SB 962 – Residential Development Projects for Affordable Housing CS/CS/SB 1000…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 1421, Improving School Safety in Florida

Tallahassee, FL — On June 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1421, which takes several measures to improve school safety in Florida. The steps taken by HB 1421 build on legislation over the last three years to implement the additional…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Five Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 905 – Protective Injunctions CS/CS/CS/HB 1421 – School Safety CS/SB 1244 – Statutes of Limitation for Offenses Relating to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Seven Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL. —On June 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 22, 2022, to act on these bills. HB 1431 – City of Apopka, Orange County …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $10 Million to Support Florida’s World-Class Urban Search and Rescue Teams

Jacksonville, FL – On June 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $10 million for Florida’s eight Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams to support operations and training exercises to ensure that they are ready to respond immediately in the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On June 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 21, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/HB 45 – Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Pat Ivey as Interim Sheriff to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Jacksonville, Fl. — On June 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Pat Ivey as Interim Sheriff to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Pat Ivey Ivey was previously the Undersheriff for the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs the Freedom First Budget Providing Historic Investments to Support Our Communities, Promote Education, and Protect the Environment

The Villages, FL – On June 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Freedom First budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 which prioritizes the freedoms of Floridians to live, work, and have successful businesses in the state. The budget totals $109.9…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirteen Bills and Vetoes Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 2514 – Electronic Filing of Taxes SB 2516 – Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims SB 2518 – Information Technology …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Ensures All Athletes Can Play, Announces Special Olympic Games Drops Vaccine Mandate

Orlando, FL – On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Special Olympic International (SOI) athletes and their families, coaches, and disability community members to show support for all athletes competing in the 2022 USA Games, which…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Tyler Brandeburg to the School Board of Lake County

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Tyler Brandeburg to the School Board of Lake County. Tyler Brandeburg Brandeburg, of Leesburg, is a Commercial Insurance Advisor for Brown and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Southwest Florida Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Elijah “Ed” Armstrong III and William Hogarth to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Elijah “Ed” Armstrong III …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Northwest Florida Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Theodore “Ted” Everett and the reappointment of Nicholas “Nick” Patronis and George Roberts to the Northwest Florida Water Management…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the South Florida Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Ronald “Ron” Bergeron and Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch to the South Florida Water Management District. Ronald “Ron” Bergeron …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the St. John’s River Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Cole Oliver and Janet Price to the St. John’s River Water Management District. Cole Oliver Oliver, of Merritt Island, is an Attorney and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Suwannee River Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Charles Keith and Larry Sessions to the Suwannee River Water Management District. Charles Keith Keith is the President and Owner of American…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Six Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/CS/HB 749 – Fraud Prevention CS/HB 615 – Human Trafficking CS/SB 444 – Indecent, Lewd, or Lascivious Touching CS/CS/SB 692…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Ten Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 18, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 430 – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $3 Million in Awards to Support Florida’s Military Communities

Tallahassee, FL – On June 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $3 million in awards to military communities through the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program, the Defense Reinvestment Grant Program, and the Florida Defense Support…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Eighteen Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On June 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 17, 2022, to act on these bills. HB 5001 – General Appropriations Act - 2022 HB 5003…

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Application Portal Open for Director of the New Florida State Guard

Tallahassee, FL – The newly re-established Florida State Guard (FLSG), Florida’s civilian force that will assist in supporting state emergency response, is looking for a Director. Florida seeks an individual with a strong background in…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Announces Winners of the Spring 2022 Florida Space Art Contest for K-5 Students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 1st, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced ten finalists and two grand prize winners for the 2022 Florida Space Art Contest. “I want to thank all of our K-5 students who participated in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Richard Corcoran to the Board of Governors of the State University System

Tallahassee, FL —On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Richard Corcoran to the Board of Governors of the State University System. Richard Corcoran Corcoran is a practicing attorney and the former…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Development Finance Corporation

Tallahassee, Fla. — On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Charbel Barakat, John “Michael” Quijano, and Taylor Smith to the Florida Development Finance Corporation. Charbel Barakat …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Robert Flippo to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robert Flippo to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees Robert Flippo Flippo, is the Chief Executive Officer of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments, one to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Lake County Court. Danielle Brewer, of Arcadia, to serve as Judge on the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Eleven Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 10, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 2-D – Property Insurance SB 4-D - Building…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Ten Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/SB 2-D – Property Insurance SB 4-D - Building Safety CS/CS/SB 494 – Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission CS/SB 722 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bipartisan Property Insurance and Condominium Safety Reforms

Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed bipartisan legislation implementing the most significant and comprehensive property insurance reforms Florida has seen in decades to provide short- and long-term relief to Floridians…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Encourages Floridians to Splash Safely During Water Safety Month

Coral Gables, FL – On May 27th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez was at the historic Venetian pool, the largest freshwater pool in the nation, to discuss drowning prevention and boating safety. Also there to discuss water safety tips…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Participate in Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Ahead of 2022 Hurricane Season

The 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will last two weeks, beginning May 28 through June 10 Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) encouraged Floridians to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Nine Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 9, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 722 – Education for Student Inmates CS/CS/SB 758…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Ten Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 159 – Public Records CS/CS/HB 389 – Money Services Businesses CS/CS/HB 423 – Building Regulation CS/CS/HB 837 –…

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Senator Annette Taddeo’s Statement Following the Essentially 24 Hour Special Session

Tallahassee, Florida – On Monday, March 23rd, the special session on insurance was called to address the impending crashing property insurance market. Yesterday, Tuesday March 24th, the bill was rammed through the Senate floor with no…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $9 Million for Infrastructure and Economic Development for Gadsden County Communities

Havana, FL — On May 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $9 million in funding for Gadsden County communities for infrastructure and economic development projects across the county. This funding is provided by the Department of…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Florida Highway Patrol Host Roundtable to Highlight Human Trafficking and Drug Trafficking Prevention Efforts

LAKE CITY, Fla. — On May 23rd, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and the Florida Highway Patrol hosted a roundtable discussion with local North Florida law enforcement about efforts to combat human trafficking and drug trafficking…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Eight Bills and Vetoes One

Tallahassee, FL — On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/SB 58 – Relief of Yeilyn Quiroz Otero by Miami-Dade County CS/SB 70 – Relief of Donna Catalano by the Department of Agriculture and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Launch of Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program

Cape Coral, FL — On May 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the June 1 launch of the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program to help Floridians in over 50 critical professions purchase their first home. The Hometown Heroes Housing Program…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record Budget Surplus as Florida’s Economy Continues to Outperform the Nation

Florida continues to make investments in education, infrastructure, and other programs while having a record $20 billion in reserves West Palm Beach, FL — On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida continues to outperform…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Eight Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL -- On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 4, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 58 – Relief of Yeilyn Quiroz Otero by Miami-Dade County …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Building Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Brian Swope and Tim Tolbert to the Florida Building Commission. Brian Swope Swope, of Wesley Chapel, is the Vice President of the Tampa Roofing…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Sonya Rood to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Sonya Rood to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Sonya Rood Rood, of St. Augustine, is involved in the management of her…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the North Broward Hospital District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Stacy Angier and Paul Tanner to the North Broward Hospital District. Stacy Angier Angier, of Margate, is the Principal at Abundant Life…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Laura Moody to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Laura Moody to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees. Laura Moody Moody is the Chief Legal Counsel for the Brevard…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Ten Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 4, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/CS/HB 389 – Money Services Businesses CS/CS/HB 423…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Hosts High School Assembly on The Facts. Your Future. To Raise Awareness of Dangers of Substance Abuse

Kissimmee, FL — On May 19th, First Lady Casey DeSantis hosted a high school The Facts. Your Future. assembly at Tohopekaliga High School to highlight the dangers of youth substance abuse, especially for teens. These assemblies will count…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation Cracking Down on Opioid Dealers and Traffickers

Lakeland, FL — On May 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 95, which enhances penalties for the sale and distribution of opioids in Florida, including fentanyl. “Floridians of all walks of life have witnessed the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL — On May 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/HB 95 – Controlled Substances For the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Fourteen Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 2, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 336 – Uniform Commercial Code SB 352 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirteen Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/SB 336 – Uniform Commercial Code SB 352 – Construction Liens CS/SB 518 – Private Property Rights to Prune, Trim and remove Trees…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $3.2 Million to Expand Manufacturing in Okaloosa County

This investment will double the number of manufacturing jobs in Okaloosa County Crestview, FL — On May 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $3.2 million to Okaloosa County through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to expand roads, rail…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Approves Over $125 Million for Nursing Education to Provide Scholarships and Expand Infrastructure at Colleges and Universities for Clinical Training

Sanford, FL — On May 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his approval of over $125 million for nursing education for the 2022 - 2023 Fiscal Year, bringing the total amount of investment in workforce education funding to more than $5 billion…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Protects Floridians from Protests Outside Their Homes

Tallahassee, FL —On May 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1571, which prohibits picketing and protesting outside of a person’s place of residence. “Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Eight Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 471 – Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Palm Beach County HB 927 – Downtown Crystal River Entertainment District, Citrus County CS/HB 1047…

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Governor DeSantis Approves Historic $100 Million for Cancer Care and Research at NCI Facilities

MIAMI — On May 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the approval of $100 million for cancer research and care in the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget, a $37 million increase over the current budget. Last year, the…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

Peace Officers Memorial Day honors the lives of local, state, and federal officers who have died or become disabled in the line of duty. On May 15, we pay tribute to these officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the safety and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Representative Cord Byrd as Secretary of State

Tallahassee, Fla. — On May 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Representative Cord Byrd as Florida’s Secretary of State. Rep. Byrd, a Jacksonville attorney, has been a staunch advocate for election security, public…

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Florida Tourism Continues to Grow in Q1 2022

Tallahassee, FL – On May 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida welcomed 36 million total visitors between January and March 2022 according to VISIT FLORIDA estimates. This is a 14 percent increase from Q4 2021, and the third…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Patrick Hogan to the Board of Directors of Florida Achieving a Better Life Experience

Tallahassee, FL — On May 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Patrick Hogan to the Board of Directors of Florida Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE). Patrick Hogan Hogan, of Land…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Control for Southern Regional Education

Tallahassee, FL — On May 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Megan Crombie, Arthur Keiser, Representative Alex Rizo, and G. “Devin” Stephenson to the Board of Control for Southern Regional Education. …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Kevin Rollin to the Board of Optometry

Tallahassee, FL -- On May 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Kevin Rollin to the Board of Optometry. Kevin Rollin Rollin, of Sebastian, is a Partner at Napier and Rollin, PLLC. He currently…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Gary Jennings to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On May 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gary Jennings to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Gary Jennings Jennings, of Windermere, is the Director of Keep…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints James Brown to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On May 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of James Brown to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. James Brown Brown, of Apalachicola, is the former Law Enforcement…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirteen Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 454 – Florida Commission on Offender Review CS/CS/SB 856 – Private Provider Inspections of onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Eight Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 27, 2022, to act on these bills. HB 471 – Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Palm Beach County …

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Governor DeSantis Honors Florida’s Police Force and Their Families During National Police Week

Tallahassee, FL — Beginning Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – Tuesday, May 17, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis will honor the men and women of Florida’s police force by lighting the Florida Historic Capitol blue in recognition of National…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights $6.5 Million For Lafayette County

Mayo, FL — On May 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted more than $6.5 million in budget allocations for projects throughout Lafayette County for the upcoming 2022-2023 Fiscal Year. The Governor’s intent to approve these projects in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights $23 Million For Gilchrist County

Trenton, FL — On May 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his intent to approve more than $23.3 million in budget allocations for Gilchrist County projects, highlighting the administration’s strong commitment to growing rural economies.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Five Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On May 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 25, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/CS/SB 856 – Private Provider Inspections of Onsite Sewage…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Five Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 7049 – Legal Notices SB 542 – Evidentiary Standards for actions arising during an Emergency CS/CS/SB 634 – Judicial Notice …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Eleven Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 929 – City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County HB 1107 – City of Inverness, Citrus County HB 1135 – Santa Rosa County CS/HB 7071…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Boating Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Larry DeHays, John Stephens, James Suber, Christopher Wagoner, and James Zurbrick to the Boating Advisory Council. Larry DeHays DeHays, of Fort…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Bruce Grant to the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Bruce Grant to the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council. Bruce Grant, PhD Grant, of Tallahassee, is a retired Colonel from the United States…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Rafael “Tony” Arza and Kelly Garcia to the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees. Raphael “Tony” Arza, PhD Arza, of Miami,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Anthony Barbar to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Anthony Barbar to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. Anthony Barbar Barbar, of Boynton Beach, is President and Chief Executive Officer of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Florida Gaming Control Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John MacIver and John D’Aquila and the reappointment of Julie Imanuel Brown, Michael Yaworsky and Charles Drago to the Florida Gaming Control Commission. …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Eight to the Florida Rehabilitation Council

Tallahassee, FL — On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Victoria Gaitanis, Canada West and the reappointment of Tammy Davis, Allison Klein, Lisa Mason, Jose Morales, Sandra Rancano, and John “JB” Seiner to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services

Tallahassee, FL — On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Joseph Brandenburg, Vincent Ferreira, Janis Liotta, Jill Peeples, and Darrin Williams of to the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services. Joseph…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Honor Victims of Communism and Preserve History of the Freedom Tower

MIAMI – On May 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 395, establishing November 7 as “Victims of Communism Day” to honor the hundreds of millions of people who have suffered under communist regimes across the world. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes a Judicial Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On May 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces a judicial appointment to the Baker County Court. Lorelie Brannan, of Macclenny, to serve as Judge on the Baker County Court Brannan has served as an…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Seventeen Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 20, 2022, to act on these bills. SB 7016 – OGSR/Information Submitted by Insurers/Department…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Largest Tax Relief Package in Florida’s History

More Than $1.2 Billion in Tax Relief for Floridians OCALA, FL -- On May 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7071 which provides more than $1.2 billion of tax relief for Floridians. The bill provides for ten sales tax holidays for a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Twenty Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 18, 2022, to act on these bills. SB 638 – Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Award of Nearly $20 Million for 98 Projects Through the Resilient Florida Grant Program

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL — On May 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of grants totaling nearly $20 million in state funds (FY 2021-22) for the Resilient Florida Program Planning Grants. This funding will support 98 awards to develop or…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Ten Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/HB 1445 – A Review under the Open Government Sunset Review Act HB 7009 – A Review under the Open Government Sunset Review Act HB…

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Governor DeSantis Announces U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans Available to Residents Impacted by Southwest Florida Tornadoes

Tallahassee, FL — On May 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted the State’s request for a Disaster Declaration, which makes…

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Florida Propels U.S. to Surpass China in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certifications

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On May 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than 7,500 students have earned an entrepreneurship and small business (ESB) certification between July 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022. Due to Florida’s leadership…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Funding to Continue Supporting Red Tide Research and Innovative Mitigation Technologies

Clearwater, FL — On May 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to nearly $14 million in the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget to continue Florida’s investment in combatting red tide. This funding will support dedicated research…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Historic $30 Million in Funding for Manatee Rescue Programs and Habitat Restoration

Jacksonville, FL – On May 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to supporting more than $30 million in the Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget to enhance and expand manatee rescue and rehabilitation efforts and provide habitat restoration…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $22 Million for Broadband, Infrastructure and Workforce Development in Florida Communities

Williston, FL — On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $22 million in funding to 15 Florida communities through the CDBG-CV program. These awards will support projects including expanding broadband internet services, improvements to…

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Governor DeSantis Thanks Retiring Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson for His Service

Tallahassee, FL -- On April 29th, Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson announced his retirement after serving as the 86th Justice of the Florida Supreme Court since his appointment in December 2016. A native of Lakeland, Justice Lawson had…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Dr. Marc Klein to the Board of Podiatric Medicine

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Marc Klein to the Board of Podiatric Medicine. Marc Klein Dr. Klein, of Boca Raton, is a practicing podiatrist at Florida Foot Specialists.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints James Scholl to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of James Scholl to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners. James Scholl Scholl, of Key West, served as the City Manager for the City…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Foganholi to the School Board of Broward County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Foganholi to the School Board of Broward County. Daniel Foganholi Foganholi, of Coral Springs, is currently a Design Consultant for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Eight to the State Apprenticeship Advisory Council

Tallahassee, FL — On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Kirk Barras, Steve Cona III, Marcelo Dossantos, Eric Kennedy, David McCraw, Lee Middleton, Natasha Sherwood, and Kathryn Starkey to the State Apprenticeship…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors

Tallahassee, FL. — On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Charles Howe, Jane Decker, Mark Grenier, Alexander Hernandez, Peter Ringle, and Steven Schoeff to the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors. …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Construction Industry Licensing Board

Tallahassee, FL — On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Bradley Barreto, Robert Maphis, Michael Sasso, Michael Strickland, and Brian Zettle to the Construction Industry Licensing Board. Bradley Barreto …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

Tallahassee, FL – On April 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces a judicial appointment to the Volusia County Court. Rachel Myers, of DeLand, to serve as Judge on the Volusia County Court Myers has served as the Managing Partner of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Ten Bills and Vetoes One Bill

Tallahassee, FL — On April 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 375 – Structural Engineering Recognition Program for Professional Engineers CS/HB 481 – Temporary Underground Power Panels …

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Senator Taddeo Joins Democratic Colleagues in Call to Expand the Special Session to Include Rental Relief

Miami, FL — Governor DeSantis’ outright refusal to address the massive housing crisis has forced millions of Floridians to pay excessive rent and home insurance rate hikes. Not only has the Governor intentionally neglected this crisis…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Eleven Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On April 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 12, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/HB 375 – Structural Engineering Recognition Program for…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Community Partners Host Roundtable to Highlight Human Trafficking Prevention Efforts in Central Florida

Lakeland, FL — On April 26th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez hosted a roundtable discussion aimed at combating human trafficking and highlighting strong community partnerships in the Polk County area. The roundtable brought together…

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Memo: Calling on the Legislature to Hold a Special Session Regarding Property Insurance

On April 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation, calling for a special session to consider legislation related to property insurance, reinsurance, changes to the Florida Building Code to improve the affordability of property insurance,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Create Lawful Congressional Districts and Remove Special Interest Carveouts

HIALEAH GARDENS, FL -- On April 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed three bills passed by the Legislature during the Special Legislative Session that took place from April 19-21. These bills will establish the Congressional Districts of the state,…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Announces Prizes for Winners of the Spring 2022 Florida Space Art Contest for K-5 Students, Contest Extended to May 2nd

Tallahassee, FL — On April 25th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced prizes for the 2022 Florida Space Art Contest. Ten total winners will be selected, five from the K-2 and 3-5 categories. Each winner selected, and his or…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On April 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 10, 2022, to act on this bill. -- CS/SC/SB 524 – Election…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Strengthen Florida’s Election Integrity

Spring Hill, FL — On April 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 524, Election Administration, to ensure that Florida continues to have secure and accurate elections. This legislation will strengthen election security measures by…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On April 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: -- CS/CS/SB 524 – Election Administration For the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On April 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 6, 2022, to act on these bills. SB 2-C – The Congressional Districts of the State SB…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

Tallahassee, FL – On April 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments, one to the Orange County Court and one to the Pinellas County Court. Doug Walker, of Winter Garden, to serve as Judge on the Orange County Court…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $15.6 Million to 10 Florida Communities for Community Development

Tallahassee, FL -- On April 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $15 million to ten Florida communities through the Rural Infrastructure Fund and the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) program. Additionally, when the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On April 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 7, 2022, to act on these bills. -- CS/HB 7- Individual…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Protect Floridians from Discrimination and Woke Indoctrination

HIALEAH GARDENS, FL — On April 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 7, to give businesses, employees, children and families tools to stand up against discrimination and woke indoctrination. The bill includes provisions to prevent…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Four Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On April 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 2-C – The Congressional Districts of the State SB 4-C – Independent Special Districts SB 6-C – Social Media Platforms CS/HB 7…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL. — On April 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: -- CS/CS/SB 768 - Department of Health For the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 57-Day 2022 Gulf Red Snapper Season

Destin, FL -- On April 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2022 Gulf red snapper recreational season which will total 57 days, the longest season since the state assumed management of red snapper and will include both a summer and fall season.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Recommends Senator Manny Diaz Jr. as Education Commissioner

Tallahassee, FL — On April 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis recommended that Senator Manny Diaz Jr. be appointed as Education Commissioner by the State Board of Education following the departure of Commissioner Richard Corcoran. Sen. Diaz has…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Reform Higher Education in Florida

DeSantis signs SB 7044 is guardianship of our future. On April 19th, marks another great chapter, because there is no doubt tenure without accountability is an invitation to abuse. General education courses should be reliably robust and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Funding for Leon Haley Jr., MD Trauma Center in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL — On April 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to funding the Leon Haley, Jr., MD Trauma Center at University of Florida (UF) Health, Jacksonville. The trauma center, named after former UF Health Jacksonville…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On April 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 4, 2022, to act on this bill. SB 7044 – Postsecondary…

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Senator Annette Taddeo will Boycott DeSantis’ Special Session

Miami, FL -- On April 19th, Senator Annette Taddeo will be boycotting the special session in Tallahassee. The announcement came last week after the legislature abdicated its duty, handed its authority over to Desantis, and threw out the…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Joins Attorney General Ashley Moody to Recognize Hillsborough County Detective

TAMPA, FL — On April 14th, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined Attorney General Ashley Moody at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to recognize Corporal Mike Blair with the Attorney General’s Back the Blue award, while…

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Florida’s Economy Continues to Thrive

Largest single month of growth in manufacturing since May 2020 Tallahassee, FL – On April 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s March 2022 employment data, including a declining unemployment rate and strong job growth. In…

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Governor DeSantis Awards More Than $700,000 for Workforce Training in Everglades Agricultural Communities

Three educational institutions in Belle Glade, West Palm Beach and Royal Palm Beach will receive funding for workforce training Tallahassee, FL – On April 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $700,000 has been awarded to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Funding for Infrastructure Improvements in Dixie County

Cross City, FL – On April 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to funding three projects in Dixie County as part of the General Appropriations Act, recently passed by the Florida Legislature. This funding will provide for the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Protect the Lives of Florida’s Most Vulnerable

Kissimmee, FL -- On April 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 5, the Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality Act, to protect the lives of Florida’s most vulnerable by prohibiting all abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. More on Governor…

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What They Are Saying: Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Protect the Lives of Florida’s Most Vulnerable

Kissimmee, FL — On April 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by pro-life advocates and community leaders to sign HB 5, the Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality Act, to protect the lives of Florida’s most vulnerable by prohibiting all…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL -- On April 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/HB 5 — Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality For the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Albert Maury to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On April 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Albert Maury to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Albert Maury Maury, of Coral Gables, is the President and Chief…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Seven Judicial Appointments

Tallahassee, FL – On April 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis appoints seven judges across the state, one to the First Judicial Circuit Court, one to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, one to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, one to the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On April 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 29, 2022, to act on this bill. CS/HB 5 – Reducing Fetal and Infant…

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Senator Taddeo’s Statement On Governor DeSantis Signing HB 5

Miami, Florida - Senator Taddeo offered the following statement to Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of House Bill 5, a 15-week ban on women’s access to reproductive care. Senator Taddeo offered multiple amendments to the bill which would…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL -- On April 12, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 27, 2022, to act on this bill -- CS/SB 7034 – Child…

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Senator Taddeo Calls Out Governor DeSantis for Approving an Insurance Company Funded By Communist China

Miami, FL — Governor DeSantis’ outright refusal to address the massive housing crisis has forced millions of Floridians to pay excessive rent and home insurance rate hikes. Not only has the Governor intentionally neglected this crisis…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Increase Support for Foster Parents and Former Foster Youth

Miami, FL — On April 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by foster families and legislative leaders to sign Senate Bill 7034, furthering Florida’s support for foster families. Among its provisions, Senate Bill 7034 raises monthly…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On April 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 26, 2022, to act on this bill. -- HB 7065 – Child…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Groundbreaking Legislation to Support Involved Fatherhood in Florida

St. Petersburg, FL — On April 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 7065, which includes educational programs, mentorship programs and one-on-one support to encourage responsible and involved fatherhood in Florida. The bill is tied to nearly…

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Governor DeSantis Awards the Governor’s Medal of Freedom to Benjamin Ferencz, the Last Surviving Nuremberg Prosecutor

Boca Raton, FL – On April 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded the Governor’s Medal of Freedom to the last living prosecutor of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Benjamin Ferencz. Governor DeSantis also recognized two Holocaust survivors,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $23.1 Million in Funding to Support Panhandle Communities

Tallahassee, FL — On April 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $23.1 million in funding to Northwest Florida communities through the Rural Infrastructure Fund and Community Development Block Grant programs. “The best…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Workforce and Infrastructure Awards for Apalachicola

Apalachicola, FL — On April 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Apalachicola to announce more than $1.3 million in awards through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Mayor Glenn Troast

On March 23, 2022, Mayor Glenn Troast of Lighthouse Point, Florida, passed away. Troast was a resident of Lighthouse Point for the past 20 years. He spent his last years serving as the Mayor of Lighthouse Point since his election in 2014. Prior to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Jared W. Perdue as Secretary of the Department of Transportation

Tallahassee, FL -- On April 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his appointment of Jared W. Perdue, P.E., as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Perdue has extensive experience with FDOT where he has served for nearly 18…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Guarantee Visitation Rights for Patients and their Families

Measure enshrines the right to visit loved ones in Florida hospitals and long-term care facilities TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 988, the No Patient Left Alone Act, to guarantee Florida families the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Forty-Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On April 6, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 255 - Private Instructional Personnel Providing Applied Behavior Analysis Services HB 459 - Step-Therapy Protocols CS/HB 469 - Patient…

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Let's Build a Florida for All

It's no secret that Ron DeSantis has failed our state. After failing to lead during the greatest health and economic crisis of our lifetimes, and trying to further stack the deck against the middle class, Ron DeSantis's time as governor must end.…

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Senator Taddeo was Honored To Receive The 2022 Elected Official of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 150,000 members in 56 chapters nationwide. The organization promotes, develops, and protects the practice of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Thirty-Five Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On April 5, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 20, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/CS/HB 1239 - Nursing Homes HB 539 - Nursing Home…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $5.4 Million to Hamilton County through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Jasper, FL. — On April 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $5.4 million to Hamilton County through the Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to facilitate the buildout of a 57-acre parcel at the intersection of I-75 and SR-6…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $4.2 Million to City of Monticello Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

MONTICELLO, FL — on April 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $4.2 million to the City of Monticello through the Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to extend wastewater services to the I-10 and SR-59 exchange. The project…

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Governor DeSantis Condemns Biden Administration’s Termination of Title 42

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On April 4, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis condemned the Biden administration’s termination of Title 42 despite fears of another mass influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border. Title 42 has been in place since March…

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Governor DeSantis Signs HB 3, the Strongest Law Enforcement Recruitment and Support Initiative in the Nation

TITUSVILLE, FL — On April 1, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis furthered his commitment to making Florida the most law enforcement-friendly state in the nation by signing HB 3, legislation that encourages Floridians to join the law enforcement…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On April 1, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/HB 3 – Law Enforcement For the transmittal letter, click…

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Josh Weil: Democrat for U.S. Senate (FL) - April 1, 2022

Another quarter come and gone, our fifth since starting this campaign, and the last three months saw us begin to rack up significant endorsements across the state, and propel ourselves to the front of the field of Progressives challenging Val…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 31, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 15, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/HB 3 – Law…

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Governor DeSantis Announces SBA Disaster Loans Available for Florida Businesses and Residents Impacted by Central Florida Tornado

TALLAHASSEE, FL -– On March 31st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida businesses and residents affected by the tornado on March 12, 2022, may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces First Responders Will Receive $1,000 Bonuses for Second Year in a Row

West Palm Beach, FL — On March 31, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis in Ponte Vedra Beach and West Palm Beach to announce that Florida first responders employed by local governments will receive…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity Milestone: More Than 25,000 Floridians Served

Tallahassee, FL – On March 30, 2022, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity has now provided family-centered assistance to more than 25,000 Floridians to help them achieve economic sufficiency. The…

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Governor DeSantis Approves 10 Land and Conservation Easement Acquisitions Totaling More Than 17,000 Acres

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet approved 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions to protect Florida’s natural environment. The properties, totaling more than 17,000 acres, will be managed and…

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Man Who Brutally Murdered Daytona Beach Couple During Bike Week was an Illegal Immigrant with Multiple Prior Drug Charges

Tallahassee, FL — The Biden Administration’s dangerous immigration policies, as well as the soft on crime policies of the 9th Circuit State Attorney’s Office (Orange and Osceola counties), have once again resulted in the needless…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $10.5 Million in Funding to Expand Registered Apprenticeship and Preapprenticeship Programs

Tallahassee, FL – On March 30, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announce $10.5 million in continued investments to expand registered apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs at 11 colleges across…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Four Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 29, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 13, 2022, to act on these bills. SB 236 – Children with Developmental Delays SB…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody Announce Lawsuit Against the CDC’s Unlawful Mask Mandate on Public Transportation

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 29, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Florida is leading 20 states in a multistate action against the unlawful mask mandate on public transportation kept in place by the Biden…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Calls Special Session of the Florida Legislature to Establish Lawful Congressional Districts

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On March 29, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis called a Special Session of the Florida Legislature to produce a new map that will establish lawful congressional voting districts in Florida. Governor DeSantis vetoed CS/SB 102 this…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Seven Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On March 28, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 12, 2022, to act on these bills. HB 459 – Step-Therapy Protocols HB 593 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Historic Bill to Protect Parental Rights in Education

Spring Hill, FL – On March 28, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 1557, Parental Rights in Education, which reinforces parents' fundamental rights to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their children. The bill prohibits…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL – On March 28, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/CS/HB 1557 – Parental Rights in Education For the transmittal letters, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Peter Sulick, Michael Wynn, Erika Donalds, and Luis Rivera to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees. Peter Sulick …

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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida Continues to Outpace the Nation as the State’s Employers Add Jobs for 22 Consecutive Months and Unemployment Continues to Fall

Tallahassee, FL – On March 25, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida businesses continue to have robust employment opportunities, a benefit of a competitive and energized workforce where employers have added jobs for 22…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill That Requires Curriculum Transparency

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —On March 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1467, which requires school districts to be transparent in the selection of instructional materials, including library and reading materials. As a part of the Year of the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Four Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 25, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 173 – Care of Students with Epilepsy or Seizure Disorders HB 235 – Restraint of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright passed away at the age of 84 after battling cancer. In 1996, Albright became the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State. While serving in this…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces The Facts. Your Future. Digital Media Campaign to Educate Students on the Impacts of Substance Abuse

Tallahassee, FL – This week, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced digital components of her campaign designed to educate young Floridians about the impacts of substance abuse. TheFactsYourFuture.org is a new website that contains The Facts.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Two Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 5, 2022, to act on these bills. SB 418 – The Assistive Technology Advisory…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

Tallahassee, FL – On March 21, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis is excited to announce two judicial appointments, one to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court. James Kallaher, of Fleming Island, to serve…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces USDA Approves Disaster Declaration Request for Agricultural Producers Impacted by Freezing Temperatures

Tallahassee, FL – On March 22, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) disaster designation for 17 counties and 10 contiguous counties…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On March 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 6, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/HB 173 – Care of Students with Epilepsy or Seizure…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Financial Literacy Bill to Support Florida’s Students

Wesley Chapel, FL — On March 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1054, titled the Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act, which will require high school students to take a financial literacy course to receive a standard high…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 22, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: SB 1054 – Financial Literacy Instruction in Public Schools For the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Pay Raises for Florida Teachers

WELLINGTON, FL – On March 21st, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $800 million in this year’s budget to raise minimum teacher pay and increase veteran teacher salaries in Florida. The $800 million is a $250 million increase over last…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Provides Relief to Lee and Charlotte Residents Impacted by Tornadoes

FORT MYERS, FL — On March 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) distributed $430,000 to 43 households impacted by the Southwest Florida tornadoes through the State of Florida’s tornado…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $29.5 Million Available to Floridians Impacted by Severe Weather in Marion County

OCALA, Fla. — On March 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis and Secretary Dane Eagle announced that more than $29.5 million in funding and resources is available to assist income-qualified individuals, including the families and individuals in Marion…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On March 18, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Diane Spencer and Roberta Ulrich to the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners. Diane Spencer Spencer, of The Villages, is a retired…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On March 18, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Bimal Bhojani as Chair, Jacob Horner, and Manuel “Manny” Santana to the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties. Bimal…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Anna Upton to the Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On March 18, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Anna Upton to the Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Anna Upton Upton, of Tallahassee, is the General Counsel and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On March 18, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Gonzalez and Corinne Labyak to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee Dr. Jonathan Gonzalez Dr. Gonzalez, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 18, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lillian Barrios and Donald Elwell and the reappointment of Marsha “Renee” Knight, Phil Stevens, and Robin Tellez to the Florida Commission for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On March 18, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Stephens, Scott Stryker, and Stephanie Wardein and the reappointment of Sarah Glassner to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council. Michael…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights the End of the FSA with Teachers and Parents in Okaloosa County

MARY ESTHER, FL -- On March 17, 2022 Governor Ron DeSantis visited Florosa Elementary School in Okaloosa County to highlight groundbreaking legislation signed on Tuesday that eliminates the high-stakes Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) test and…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Winners of the Black History Month Student Contests

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —On March 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the winners of the Black History Month student essay and art contests as well as the Excellence in Education Awards. Students from grades K-3 were invited to participate in the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $289 Million for Programs that Close Achievement Gaps, Improve STEM Education and Boost Student Resiliency

Hialeah, FL -- On March 16, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $289 million across Florida for programs that will ensure Florida is continuing to meet the needs of its students, teachers and families while remaining a national leader in closing…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Groundbreaking Legislation to Make Florida a National Leader by Eliminating High-Stakes Testing

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — On March 15, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Speaker Chris Sprowls, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and legislative leaders to sign Senate Bill 1048, which officially replaces the Florida Standards…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On March 15, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: - CS/SB 520 – Public Records and Public Meetings - CS/SB 1048 – Student Assessments For the transmittal letter, click…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-56 (Emergency Management - Severe Weather in Northeast and Central Florida)

On March 12, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-56 (Emergency Management- Severe Weather in Northeast and Central Florida), which declares that a state of emergency exists in Clay, Highlands, Marion, and Putnam Counties. A…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida Kicked off the Year with Continued Economic Growth

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 14, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that in January, Florida continued to have steady growth and economic stability. In January 2022, Florida’s unemployment rate decreased by 2.5 percentage points over the…

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Senator Taddeo Comments on the Passage of Florida’s Historic $112.1 Billion Budget

Tallahassee, FL -- Florida’s historic $112.1 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, House Bill 5001, the General Appropriations Act, was finalized this afternoon with a final vote. In addition, the Florida Senate on March 14th,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Two Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On March 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 29, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 520 – Public Records and Public…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Kevin Karnes to the Clerk of the Court and Comptroller of Lee County

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 11, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Kevin Karnes to the Clerk of the Court and Comptroller of Lee County. Kevin Karnes Karnes, of Cape Coral, is currently the Chief Operating…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Robert 'Bob' Ward to the Florida Talent Development Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On March 11, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robert “Bob” Ward to the Florida Talent Development Council, designating him as Chair. Robert “Bob” Ward …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Craig Mateer to the Board of Governors of the State University System

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 11, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Craig Mateer to the Board of Governors of the State University System. Craig Mateer Mateer, of Orlando, is Founder and Chief Executive…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the State Board of Education

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 11, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Esther Byrd and Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie to the State Board of Education. Esther Byrd Byrd, of Neptune Beach, is currently the Legal…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Eight to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 11, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robert “Wayne” Ivey, Robert Bage, Edgar Rosa, and James Reaves and the reappointment of Eugene “Tommy” Ford, Jeff Pearson, James…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Nine to the State Emergency Response Commission

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 11, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Frances Coyle, Tracie Crawford, Michael Davis, Sam Graves, Sasha Jones, Adam “Shayne” Morgan, Dharma Ramos, Holland Thompson, and Colonel James…

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Governor DeSantis Announces $2 Million in Housing Assistance and Additional Resources Available for Communities Impacted by Southwest Florida Tornado

TALLAHASSEE, FL –- On March 10, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $2 million is available to communities impacted by the January 16, 2022, tornado in Southwest Florida through the State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP). This…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 10, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: - CS/SB 282 – Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders - CS/SB 1658 – Executive Appointments For the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor DeSantis Lambasts Biden Administration’s Engagement with Maduro Regime and Its Destructive Domestic Energy Policies

Doral, FL — On March 11, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Venezuelan Americans in Miami-Dade County to discuss the Biden administration’s unconscionable resumption of high-level diplomatic contact with the brutal Maduro regime…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 10, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 17, 2022, to act on this bill. CS/SB 1658 – Executive…

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Video Included: Senator Taddeo's Statement on 'Stop Woke Act'Passage

Tallahassee, Florida - Senator Annette Taddeo on March 10, 2022 released a statement on the Senate passage of the “Stop Woke Act”. A bill that censors teachings in schools and the workplace which are “divisive” or…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Additional Resources for Northwest Florida Families Impacted by Wildfires

BAY COUNTY, FL – On March 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced additional state resources through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to support families impacted by the…

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Governor DeSantis Closes the Curtain on COVID Theater

West Palm Beach, FL – On March 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo and world-renowned physicians and epidemiologists to discuss the failures of lockdowns and mandates in response to COVID-19. Lockdown…

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Black Women’s Group Recruits Its First Candidate for Florida Cabinet

Florida Democratic Black Women’s Consortium will help launch campaign for Aramis Ayala for Attorney General of Florida on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Democratic Black Women’s Consortium (FDBWC)…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Officially Designate Strawberry Shortcake as the State Dessert

PLANT CITY, FL -- On March 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1006, designating the Strawberry Shortcake with natural Florida dairy topping as the official state dessert. The official designation is a tribute to Florida strawberry…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez Announces Spring 2022 Florida Space Art Contest for K-5 Students

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On March 8th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced the launch of the 2022 Florida Space Art Contest. With March being Youth Art Month, students are encouraged to create an art piece inspired by the theme Florida is…

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Senator Taddeo's Statement on 'Don’t Say Gay' Bill Passage

Tallahassee, FL -- Senator Annette Taddeo on March 8th, commented on the Senate passage of SB 1834 Parental Rights in Education Bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill”. This bill is just another example of the culture wars the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Shipping Company Shifting Operations from Backlogged California Port to JAXPORT

JACKSONVILLE, FL — On March 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Sea-Lead Shipping will be moving part of their operations from California to JAXPORT in order to bypass heavy congestion at the Port of Long Beach. This will be the first U.S.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 11, 2022, to act on this bill. CS/SB 1006 – State…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-54 (Emergency Management - Bay County Wildfires)

On March 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-54 (Emergency Management - Bay County Wildfires). The Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is actively communicating with local law enforcement and response teams in surrounding…

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Amidst Passage of SB 524, Senator Taddeo Thanks Senator Hutson for Acknowledging Her Effort in Uncovering Statewide Voter Registration Fraud

Tallahassee, FL - Voters across Florida, most of them elderly Hispanic, have reported their voter registrations changed to the Republican Party without their knowledge. For more than three months voters have been contacting Senator Taddeo’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Visits Bay County for Adkins Avenue Fire, Florida’s Request for Fire Management Assistance Grant Approved

SPRINGFIELD, Fla. — On March 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis, FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis toured damage from the wildfire and met with local officials to provide state support. This morning, FDEM began…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-55 (Emergency Management – Northwest Florida Wildfires – Amending Executive Order 22-54)

On March 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-55 (Emergency Management – Northwest Florida Wildfires – Amending Executive Order 22-54), which expands the State of Emergency to include Calhoun and Gulf counties. A…

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Senator Taddeo, 'Christina Pushaw’s Comments Warrants Action by the Governor'

Tallahassee, FL -- Senator Taddeo responds to the reckless comments made by Governor DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw when she baselessly accused multiple members of the legislature of pedophilia. Senator Annette Taddeo issued…

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Senator Taddeo Sends Letter to Department of Justice About Voter Registration Fraud With Support From The Entire Senate Democratic Caucus and 38 Democratic House Members

Tallahassee, Florida - On March 7th, Senator Annette Taddeo announced that she sent a letter to the Department of Justice urging them to investigate the coordinated efforts to unknowingly switch voter registrations across Florida. Senator Taddeo…

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Governor DeSantis Calls on Legislature to Defend Free Speech of Florida Health Care Workers

PANAMA CITY, FL — On March 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis called on the Florida Legislature to protect health care practitioners’ freedom of speech and bolster patient access to and education of COVID-19 treatments through right to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis: First Lady Casey DeSantis is Cancer Free

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On March 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis released the following video update regarding First Lady Casey DeSantis: “Hi, this is Governor Ron DeSantis. I have a positive update about my wife Casey DeSantis. After going…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL —On March 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 10, 2022, to act on this bill. CS/SB 282 – Mental Health and Substance Use…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $20 Million to Create Cybersecurity and Information Technology Workforce Education Opportunities

TAMPA, FL -– On March 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $20 million in funding to create and expand cybersecurity and IT training opportunities. Governor DeSantis made the announcement at Cyber Florida, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $4.4 Million in Funding to Southeast Florida Communities Through DEO’s Rural Infrastructure Fund, Community Development Block Grant Programs

FELLSMERE, FL -- On Feb 28, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $4.4 million in funding to communities in Southeast Florida through the Rural Infrastructure Fund and the Community Development Block Grant-CV (CDBG-CV) Entitlement program…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints 17 as Judges of Compensation Claims

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Feb 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces 17 reappointments to the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims. The Honorable Frank Clark, of Fort Meyers, to serve as Judge of Compensation Claims …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Over $7.1 Million Available to Floridians Impacted by Southwest Florida Tornadoes

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On March 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) joined local Community Action Agencies in Charlotte and Lee counties to announce the availability of more than $7.1 million in funding and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Medal of Freedom to First Lady of Golf Barbara Nicklaus

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL -- On Feb 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis presented Barbara Nicklaus with the Governor’s Medal of Freedom, the highest honor in the State of Florida, to recognize her contributions to the well-being of children and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Over $1 Million to Moore Haven for Rural Infrastructure Improvements

MOORE HAVEN, FL -- On Feb 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $1 million in funding to the City of Moore Haven through two Rural Infrastructure Fund grants to improve and enhance the downtown area and attract new development, creating new…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Dr. Joe Ladapo Buck CDC with New Official State Guidance

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Feb 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo announced significant changes to Florida’s COVID-19 guidance including pushing back on unscientific corporate masking, reducing isolation for all…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Nine Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Feb 24, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 846 – Florida Statutes SB 848 – Florida Statutes SB 850 – Florida Statutes SB 852 – Florida Statutes SB 854 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Launches Donation Portal for Southwest Florida Tornado Survivors Following Federal Government’s Decision to Deny Assistance

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Following the federal government’s denial of Florida’s request to provide assistance to individuals impacted by the tornadoes that touched down in Charlotte and Lee counties on January 16, Governor Ron DeSantis and the…

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Senator Taddeo Applauds Adoption of Her Amendment Language to SB 524

This amendment language comes as more damning voters have contacted her office revealing party registration changes without their consent, including calls from outside Miami-Dade County. Tallahassee, FL -- One of our most fundamental freedoms in…

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Governor DeSantis Awards $11 Million to Support Infrastructure in North Florida Rural Communities

MADISON, FL — On Feb 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded nearly $11 million to support infrastructure in Madison, Suwannee, and Putnam counties through the Rural Infrastructure fund and the Community Development Block Grant program…

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Senator Taddeo Comments On The Passage of HB5 Through Its Final Committee Stop in the Senate

Tallahassee, FL - In response to the Senate Appropriations Committee passing HB5, a 15-week ban on women’s access to reproductive care. A ban that was made crueler by not including exemptions for cases of rape or incest. This bill has now…

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Governor DeSantis Urges Biden Administration to Reverse Individual Assistance Denial for Residents Impacted by Southwest Florida Tornadoes

FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Feb 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Division of Emergency Management Director (FDEM) Kevin Guthrie met with disaster survivors impacted by the recent Southwest Florida tornadoes and urged the Federal Emergency…

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ICYMI: State of Florida Receives Denial Notification of Individual Assistance for Southwest Florida Tornadoes, Plans to Appeal

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) received notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the State’s request for Individual Assistance for Floridians impacted by recent…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Feb 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: - CS/SB 96 – Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund - SB 98 – Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund For the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Nine Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL —On Feb 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until February 24, 2022, to act on these bills. SB 846 – Florida Statutes SB 848 – Florida…

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What They Are Saying: Florida Tourism Industry is Booming

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida welcomed 30.9 million visitors between October and December 2021, marking the second consecutive quarter that overall visitation has surpassed 2019, pre-pandemic levels.…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez: Create a Healthier You While Enjoying Florida’s Award-Winning State Parks

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL. – On Feb 16th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez was joined by State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Shawn Hamilton to encourage Floridians to…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis and Madison and Mason DeSantis Visit Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partner

ORLANDO, FL – First Lady Casey DeSantis and Madison and Mason DeSantis visited SeaWorld Orlando, an acute care rehabilitation facility that provides life-saving medical care to rescued manatees and a member of the Manatee Rescue and…

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Florida Tourism Continues to Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL -– On Feb 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida welcomed 30.9 million visitors between October and December 2021, marking the second consecutive quarter that overall visitation has surpassed 2019,…

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Black Women’s Group to Host Public Forums Spotlighting Democratic Candidates for Governor

Gainesville, FL -– The Florida Democratic Black Women’s Consortium (FDBWC) invites the public to a series of online forums spotlighting three Democratic candidates for governor. The series will kick off with guest speaker Congressman…

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Senator Taddeo Calls For Emergency Investigation By Senate Ethics and Elections Committee

This call comes as more damning voters have contacted her office revealing party registration changes without their consent, including calls from outside Miami-Dade County. Tallahassee, FL - In a press conference on Feb 11th, Senator Annette…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Over $91 Million in Funding to Support Storm Mitigation and Recovery for Communities Impacted by Hurricane Michael

MARIANNA, FL — On Feb 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced over $91 million in funding to communities across the Panhandle region through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Mitigation General…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Chad Poppell to the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Feb11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chad Poppell to the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council. Chad Poppell Poppell, of Tallahassee, is the Managing Director,…

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ICYMI from the Department of Children and Families: DCF Files Proposed Rule to End Participation in Federal Unaccompanied Alien Minor Program

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Feb 10th, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) filed a proposed permanent rule that prohibits the issuance or renewal of licenses for facilities or organizations that house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives 2 Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until February 17, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 96 – Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $17.5 Million to Strengthen and Establish Disaster Prevention Resources for Communities Impacted by Hurricane Michael

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Feb 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $17.5 million ($17,490,600) in awards through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program. The program funds…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Requests USDA Disaster Declaration for Agricultural Producers Impacted by Freezing Temperatures

Tallahassee, FL – On Feb 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issue a Disaster Declaration for counties impacted by freezing temperatures. In his letter, Governor DeSantis also requested…

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Statement of Administration Policy: SB 2508 – Environmental Resources

Tallahassee, FL. – On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis released a statement of administration policy regarding Senate Bill (SB) 2508, Environmental Resources: I have been a champion for Everglades restoration and oppose any measure that…

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Governor Ron DeSantis, Faith Leaders, and Pedro Pans: Biden Border Crisis is Harming Children

The organized effort to rescue the children of Communist Cuba 50 years ago is a far cry from the Biden administration’s disgraceful border disaster MIAMI, FL – On Feb 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis, Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Over $64 Million in Storm Mitigation Funding to Improve Infrastructure Across Eight Communities

BARTOW, FL -- On Feb 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $64 million awarded to eight communities, including the City of Forte Meade in Polk County, through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Sara Newhouse Appointed as Florida’s Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced the appointment of Sara Newhouse as the State Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator. “The ripple effect of a…

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Senator Taddeo Comments On The Rejection of an Exemption For Rape and Incest Cases in SB 146

Tallahassee, FL -- In response to the rejection of Leader Book’s amendment to SB 146:The Fetal and Infant Mortality Reduction ACT, which would alter the bill to include exceptions to their abortion ban in cases of rape, incest, and human…

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In Case You Missed It: Governor DeSantis and Attorney General Moody Announce Florida is Taking Legal Action Against Biden Administration for Releasing Illegal Immigrants into Florida

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 2nd, Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Florida is taking legal action against the Biden administration for ignoring federal immigration law as the out-of-control situation at the U.S. southwest border continues.…

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ICYMI: Florida Senator Annette Taddeo, Garners Unanimous Support in Committee; Passes Bill to Address Food Insecurity on College Campuses

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Feb 2nd, State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) released the following statement after the Hunger Free Campus Program (SB 1916) garnered unanimous support in the Agriculture Committee: “Working with the Florida PIRG…

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Senator Annette Taddeo Calls on Governor DeSantis to Denounce Recent Antisemitism and Address Spokesperson’s Remarks

Over the weekend, there was a display of hate-based Nazi demonstrations in Orlando, Florida along 1-4. As Governor of a State with 665,000 Jewish adult residents, these actions must be condemned swiftly. Less than a week ago, you commemorated…

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Sen. Annette Taddeo And Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith Advocate For Small Businesses Through Sales Tax Holiday

TALLAHASSEE, FL – In an effort to support small businesses and encourage consumers to shop locally, State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) and Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) have filed legislation that would exempt small…

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Sen. Annette Taddeo and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith File Legislation Torepeal Florida’s Local Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Time Preemption Law

SB 446 / HB 6047 would restore local governments’ power to set worker wages and benefits Tallahassee, FL - In order to protect Florida’s hard workers, Senator Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) and Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith…

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Statement From Senator Annette Taddeo on Governor Desantis’ Attack of Immigrants

MIAMI — On Sep 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 21-223, titled the “Biden Border Crisis” which, putting aside the fact that Florida is not a border state, further shows this governor's willingness to fuel the…

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Senator Taddeo and Representative Tant Celebrate the Signing of HB 173 Into Law

Tallahassee, FL – State Senator Annette Taddeo (D- Miami) and Representative Allison Tant (D—Tallahassee) are happy to announce the signing of HB 173 into law, legislation designed to help students with disabilities with job training and…

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Senator Annette Taddeo and Representative Allison Tant File Legislation to Revise the Requirements for Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for Transition Services for Students with Disabilities.

Tallahassee, FL – State Senator Annette Taddeo (D- Miami) and Representative Allison Tant (D—Tallahassee) have filed SB 726/HB 173, legislation designed to help students with disabilities with job training and appropriate living skill…

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