State of Florida News

FTC and Florida ordered to reschedule depositions in case alleging computer company scam

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 12, 2018

FORT MYERS — The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Florida will have to identify and supply "communications with former employees" of companies accused of selling deceptive computer cleanup services and security software, according to a federal court opinion issued on Aug. 2.

Juvenile offenders avoid arrest with push for more civil citations

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 16, 2018

​In an attempt to decrease the number of juvenile arrests in Florida, civil citations have taken the place of handcuffs and a cell. Advocates see this as a better option – one that teaches young offenders that jail isn't the only option.

Reemergence of tropical bedbugs not cause for concern

By S. Laney Griffo | Mar 18, 2017

&&& Roberto Pereira, an urban entomologist in Florida, recently urged citizens to not panic over the reemergence of tropical bedbugs after his office received a sample that contained the once-prevalent bug.

Steverson resigns as secretary of state's Department of Environmental Protection

By Laura Halleman | Jan 30, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Jon Steverson has resigned from his position as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection after two years.

Okaloosa County attorney Joseph D. Lorenz honored for pro bono work

By Melissa Busch | Jan 19, 2017

FORT WALTON BEACH – For the second time in nearly two decades, attorney Joseph D. Lorenz has been recognized for his service to indigent clients in Florida.

Banked card game rights stay with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for now

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Jan 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The drama continues around who controls the ability to operate banked card games in the state of Florida.

Florida trial lawyers donate $6.2 million to political candidates

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- A recent report has revealed that trial lawyers contributed a total of $6.2 million to Florida candidates' political campaigns this election cycle.

Professor says quality appointments key for next Constitution Revision Commission

By Carrie Salls | Dec 8, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Interest in serving on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) for the 2017-2018 term is ramping up, and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga already has 32 applicants for the 15 members he can choose for the 37-member commission.

Weather prompts rescheduling of arguments in indigent care reimbursement case

By Kristin Danley-Greiner | Dec 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- Oral arguments will not resume until Feb. 8 in the constitutional battle over a 2003 state law requiring Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for providing indigent care, due to the weather.

Florida leads nation in car accident drownings, movement underway to address problem

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 27, 2016

ORLANDO -- A review of federal crash data has revealed that Florida has the highest number of deaths by car accident drowning.

Red light camera case enters Florida court system

By Dawn Geske | Nov 10, 2016

ORLANDO – Another red light camera case is in the spotlight in the Florida courts system, prompting judges to reexamine whether administrative hearings for these violations are constitutional.

Florida appeals court rules medical malpractice limits are unconstitional

By Moni West | Nov 9, 2016

LAKELAND -- A second appeals court has declared that limits can't be placed on the amount of money awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits and that setting such limits is unconstitutional.

Voters will decide if Florida should expand medical marijuana law

By Joe Dyton | Nov 7, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- On Nov. 8, Floridians can vote on a proposed revision to a state constitution amendment, Amendment 2, that would expand the law governing medical marijuana and its users.

Election general counsel sides with judge's decision about voter registration

By Karen Kidd | Nov 6, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- As Tuesday's general election approaches, a federal judge's recent rejection of a Florida Democratic Party request to allow unverified voters to cast ballots was the right decision, says an election general counsel.

Voting booth selfies banned in Florida

By Dee Thompson | Oct 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE -- People want to take “selfies” everywhere they go, which includes the voting booth. However, by law, Florida residents cannot take selfies when they vote. 

The late Norman Wolfinger honored with Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

By Kathleen McGuire Gilbert | Oct 26, 2016

MELBOURNE -- Norman Wolfinger, former state attorney in Brevard and Seminole counties, veteran and advocate for veterans and children, was posthumously awarded with the public service lifetime achievement award from Space Coast Daily.

Ocala officials offer three ordinance proposals for marijuana dispensaries

By Dawn Geske | Oct 24, 2016

OCALA -- Three versions of a medical marijuana ordinance will be created by the Ocala City Council to help officials explore the idea of allowing dispensaries to set up shop within the city.

Florida police chiefs, former justices call for rejection of revised marijuana proposal

By Carrie Salls | Oct 24, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and five former Florida Supreme Court justices have voiced opposition to a November ballot question that asks voters in the state to legalize marijuana through a constitutional amendment.  

Pulse nightclub first responders denied PTSD compensation

By Michelle de Leon | Oct 20, 2016

ORLANDO -- The state of Florida is being urged by one of the first responders in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting incident to allow those in their profession who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to receive long-term disability payments from the state.

Floridians advised to use state's price gouging hotline following the hurricane

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Oct 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE - As Hurricane Matthew moved closer to Florida, residents were doing all that they could to prepare for the damage the storm was sure to bring. For Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, this meant activating the state’s price gouging hotline.

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