Jimmy Patronis Assumes Office as Florida’s Next CFO

Jimmy Patronis Assumes Office as Florida’s Next CFO

July 5, 2017 at 12:00 am 0 comments

On June 30, Jimmy Patronis was sworn in as the Chief Financial Officer of Florida after Jeff Atwater’s premature exit from office the same day. When Atwater announced his resignation in February to accept the position of Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and the role Chief Financial Officer at FloridaRead More

A medical cannabis shop in Denver, Colorado in 2011. (Unmodified photo by O'Dea used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/1p2b8Ke)

What’s the Status of Medical Marijuana in Florida?

July 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

The history of legal marijuana usage in Florida began in mid-2014 with the passage of Senate Bills 1030 and 1700. Following Rick Scott’s signing of this legislation, the marijuana strain known as “Charlotte’s Web” was allowed for medicinal use. With high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and low levels of tetrahydrocannabinolRead More

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran. (Unmodified photo by Scott Keeler used under a creative commons license. http://bit.ly/1E6HPMf)

Florida Legislative Wrap-Up

June 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm 0 comments

From legislative debate to bill signings, Floridians across the state have watched and expressed a wide range of emotion over the state’s major legislative session. The five big issues that were publicly followed during the 60-day session and made the journey to Governor Scott’s desk include: Budget At the startRead More

Governor Rick Scott at CPAC FL in 2011. (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Florida Takes Steps to Counter Terrorism

June 8, 2017 at 12:00 am 0 comments

One of the least controversial pieces of legislation of the past year, “Civil Remedies for Terrorism” (HB 65), was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott this past Friday. Representative Jason Fischer (R) of District 16 filed the bill last November. The provisions, now that they have been approved by the governor,Read More

Students proposing increasing mandatory retirement age with former Governor and Senator Bob Graham at the University of Florida. (Photo by Payal Majmundar/FPR)

Locals Get Say in Revision of Florida’s Constitution

May 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm 0 comments

FPR’s National Editor Payal Majmundar was a part of the 500-member group that met with Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission at the University of Florida on April 26. A unique feature of Florida’s government is making a comeback in the 2018 general election. Once every twenty years, Florida’s Constitution goes under revisionRead More

Andrew Gillum discussing the issues facing Florida at the Gainesville Tower Technology Park on April 25, 2017. (Photo by John Lievonen/FPR)

Gillum Outlines Bold Message During Local Discussion

April 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm 0 comments

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, one of two declared candidates in Florida’s 2018 gubernatorial race, spoke and listened to a group of community representatives Tuesday afternoon regarding the future of Florida. The roundtable event, which was designed to provide an outlet for locals to discuss issues pressing to them, allowed theRead More

Hurlburt Field Honor Guard presenting “the colors” at the Florida Capitol building in 2011. (Public domain photo by the U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caitlin O’Neil McKeown.)

Could Bright Futures Become Even Brighter?

April 24, 2017 at 2:32 am 0 comments

More money towards college tuition and a stipend to be used for expenses — those are two of the items being touted as big benefits of a proposed bill passed by the Florida Senate and working its way through the House. One of the major components of the Florida ExcellenceRead More

The Sunshine State Looks to Bolster Lethal Self-Defense Claims

The Sunshine State Looks to Bolster Lethal Self-Defense Claims

April 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm 0 comments

The infamous 2013 trial of State of Florida v. George Zimmerman drew national attention to the issues of self-defense and racial relations. One of the main questions posed to the jury was whether or not Florida’s self-defense laws applied to George Zimmerman, a gated community’s watchman, who shot an unarmedRead More

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado at a 2015 WWII veterans tribute. (Unmodified photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/RaejCi)

Airbnb Faces Its Toughest Review Yet

April 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm 0 comments

The Sunshine State is known for attracting a wide array of tourists whose interests span from enjoying the award-winning beaches of Clearwater to dancing in the vibrant clubs of South Beach to visiting the family-friendly locales of Orlando. But whatever the draw every visitor needs one thing in common: aRead More

Senate bill sponsor Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, in 2015. (Public domain photo by Florida House of Representatives.)

After Fast Tracking, Legislature Must Compromise on Religious Freedom in Schools

April 11, 2017 at 12:44 am 0 comments

A highly controversial proposal has elicited the attention of people from a wide array of backgrounds for better or for worse. The Florida Senate endorsed a bill – SB 436 – that will allow for more religious freedom in Florida public schools. The bill will permit religious prayer during schoolRead More