Supreme Court Ruling Sought in Redistricting Fight

House and Senate lawyers want to go quickly to the Florida Supreme Court in a legal battle about whether key lawmakers and staff members should be required to give depositions about a congressional redistricting plan. The lawyers filed a document…

DeSantis Not Backing Down on Disney

A spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis called “fake news” on reports that Republican lawmakers are working on legislation to scale back a law rushed through earlier this year stripping Walt Disney of its unique self-governing power in Central Florida.…

Pot Initiative Nears 50,000 Signatures

Nearly 50,000 valid petition signatures have been submitted to the state in an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational use of marijuana, according to numbers posted Wednesday on the Florida Division of Elections…

Abortion Clinic Fights Waiting Period Fine

In one of a series of similar cases, a Broward County abortion clinic is fighting a $56,000 state fine stemming from allegations that it did not properly comply with a law requiring 24-hour waiting periods before abortions can be performed. East…

Warren Testifies in Bid to Get Job Back

Andrew Warren, a twice-elected Hillsborough County state attorney suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis in August, took the stand Tuesday in a federal lawsuit aimed at getting his job back. The testimony came during the first day of a trial before U.S.…

Diaz to Continue as Education Chief

State Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. will remain in his post as Gov. Ron DeSantis begins a second term. Diaz, a Republican former state senator, was tapped by DeSantis in April to lead the Department of Education. Diaz began the job in June…

Guthrie to Stay as Emergency Management Chief

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced state Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie will remain in that post as DeSantis begins his second term. Subscribe to Florida Jolt Newsletter! “From the tragic condo collapse in Surfside to…

House Makes Changes in Committees

Incoming House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, released a plan Friday that will make changes in committees and subcommittees, including creating an Infrastructure Strategies Committee overseeing issues such as transportation, water quality and…

Candidates Draw $12.96M in Matching Funds

With more than $650,000 distributed last week, the state doled out a record $12.96 million in matching funds to this year’s statewide candidates, a 31.5 percent increase over the 2018 election cycle. Subscribe to Florida Jolt Newsletter Gov.…

Grant, Clemons Tapped for Top Posts

Incoming House Speaker Paul Renner on Thursday named Rep. Michael Grant as majority leader and Rep. Chuck Clemons as speaker pro tempore for the next two years. Subscribe to Florida Jolt Newsletter! Renner, R-Palm Coast, will formally become…