Nick Evans

Nick Evans is a masters student in communications at Florida State University.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

Enterprise Florida’s board of directors are trying to accentuate the positives at their meeting in Tallahassee this week.  The agency is tightening its belt as lawmakers sour on funding the public private business recruiter.

After weeks in a holding pattern, Florida Governor Rick Scott has the budget for the coming fiscal year on his desk.

Activists statewide are urging U.S. Senator Marco Rubio reject a controversial healthcare overhaul approved earlier this month by the House.  They showed up Tuesday at the Republican’s offices throughout the state.

The U.S. Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it:  capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences.  But many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.

Environmental groups are encouraging Floridians to be careful of shorebirds when they head to the beach for the holiday weekend.  Nick Evans has more.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is regrouping after a data breach under its roof.  The commissioner, who is also running for higher office, is working to allay concerns.

Agriculture Commissioner, and Republican candidate for governor, Adam Putnam is adding his voice to the chorus calling for a medical marijuana special session.

The US Supreme Court is refusing to take up a further challenge in Florida’s precedent setting capital case Hurst v. Florida.

This week could mark the beginning of the end for a long-running restriction on liquor sales.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has until Wednesday to take action on a measure allowing stores to sell groceries and liquor under the same roof.

Florida service providers are wasting no time taking advantage of nearly $30 million in federal money for addressing the opioid epidemic.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is tapping a former aide and water management district chief to head up the state’s environmental agency.

While lawmakers weigh whether to call a special session for medical marijuana, dispensaries are pushing ahead.  One grower is preparing to open its first retail outlet.

The Florida Legislature has passed its budget and gone home.  But the manner in which lawmakers closed out this year’s session raises a number of questions about process, special session, and the veto pen.

Florida’s medical examiners are seeing a precipitous rise in fentanyl deaths.  They recently published their interim 2016 report on drug-related fatalities.

Florida lawmakers are approving a measure giving state workers a raise in exchange for revamping benefit plans.  The proposal passed alongside the state budget on the final day of Florida’s legislative session.

The Florida Legislature has lined up a series of spending measures to complete the state budget.  Leaders are cramming some of the largest and thorniest issues into measures that some lawmakers will be debating for the first time.

The Florida Legislature is cramming some its largest and thorniest spending issues into the final days for the legislative session.  House leaders are calling this year’s budget the most open and transparent in history, but just as they have in previous years, leaders are slipping some pork in at the last minute.

The Florida House is pushing to change how money in one of the state’s primary environmental trust funds is spent.  But most lawmakers were in the dark about how much money the fund will get as the measure went to a vote.

The full Florida Senate is preparing to take up a modified version of the House’s tax cut proposal.  But a property tax measure may be more important to House leaders.

The Florida House and Senate budget teams are bumping numerous issues up to the chambers’ presiding officers.  The groups bundled a few major priorities for up or down votes ahead of the floor.

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