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Florida regulators are preparing to issue one of the largest fines against a hospital in recent memory.

Under an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida counties will be required to provide Spanish and English ballots.
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By Associated Press

As a group of felons challenge a new Florida law that requires them to pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored, their attorneys say they need a court decision well before this fall's off-year elections.

Florida's elections commission is waiving a hefty $110,000 fine that had been placed on the Republican Party of Florida.

A Central Florida public defender called for an end to arrests for being broke. And the chief judge agrees the program needs to be evaluated, but for different reasons.

Orange and Osceola County Public Defender Bob Wesley is asking the chief judge to create a commission investigating court costs, fines and collection practices.

Wesley said that Tuesday morning alone, five people were arrested and brought before the court for unpaid fines – all with mental health issues.