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Governor Ron DeSantis said he wouldn’t vote for a plastic straw ban if he was a city or municipal leader.

The governor made the comments to local leaders at the Florida League of Cities conference Friday in Orlando.

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Bolstered by U.S. and Canadian tourists, Florida’s visitor count continued at a record pace through the second quarter of 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said Thursday.

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Heading into a critical election year, Florida legislators may have to tighten spending because of a combination of a slowing economy and reverberations of financial decisions.

State economists on Wednesday drew up new estimates that predict the state will take in about $867 million less in revenue over two years than earlier anticipated. The new forecast was drawn up on the same day that the stock market tanked amid worries that a recession could be looming.

Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court justices to issue an opinion on whether felons must pay all fines and fees before they are eligible to register to vote.
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Florida's Republican governor on Friday asked the state's high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored in a move that competes with ongoing litigation in federal court on that same question.

Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Ronald Rubin was fired on Thursday.
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Florida’s top financial regulator was fired Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet members, after a controversy sparked by an employee lodging a sexual harassment complaint.

Students at Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo show off their drone flying skills to Governor DeSantis.
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By Carl Lisciandrello

The number of schools receiving an A grade increased by 63%, while the number of those receiving a grade of F dropped to just 15, according to number released by the Florida Department of Education on Thursday.

When Florida Cabinet members jetted off to Israel in late May, some state employees who traveled at taxpayer expense stayed in a more than $400-a-night luxury hotel in Jerusalem, where a Cabinet meeting was held.

More than a month after the trade mission ended, the full cost of the trip, proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is not clear.

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A bill that would have required warnings on all Florida Lottery tickets will not become a law.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill Friday.

In a memo that accompanied the veto, DeSantis explained that Florida Lottery revenue goes to public education and that an agency analysis showed the bill could lead to a minimum $79.4 million reduction in education funding.

By Erin O’Brien

Last March, the World Economic Forum and Treepedia ranked Tampa as the leading city in the world in the amount of green space and trees. A new law signed this week by Gov. Ron DeSantis might threaten the status.

Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said.
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 Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a bill-signing event at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Wednesday.
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By News Service of Florida, Carrie Pinkard and Adam Bakst

Governor DeSantis said in Tampa Wednesday that he wants Florida to be the number one state for veterans.

He then promptly signed legislation that would help with that goal.

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed or majorly damaged more than 7 percent of the homes in the Keys. A lot of those were ground level and mobile homes — what passes for affordable housing on the island chain.

On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came to Marathon to announce a new state program that will provide $140 million for affordable workforce housing.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a nearly $91 billion budget Friday that increases money for education and the environment — but not before cutting $131 million from the spending plan lawmakers sent him, including $18 million in projects from the Tampa Bay area..

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis essentially reversed his predecessors’ actions by giving back $2.3 million  to elections supervisors to spend on cyber security. The money was left over from a $19 million grant the federal government gave the state prior to the 2018 primary election.

Governor Ron DeSantis today signed off on a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida.  The effort sparked controversy during this legislative session, but its backers say it’s all about following the rule of law.

Florida Law To Allow Autonomous Cars - When They're Ready

Jun 14, 2019
A self-driving Google car, with no human on board. Such vehicles would be allowed to operate in Florida once they're capable of it.
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Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida — once they're finally ready for prime time — under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met with Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, calling the embattled Israeli prime minister a "strong leader" on the governor's final day of a trade mission to Israel.

The meeting came the day after Netanyahu failed to assemble a governing coalition, sending the country into a political crisis.

The Florida First Amendment Foundation and media organizations are weighing their options following a dismissed lawsuit against the governor and Cabinet for meeting in Israel this week.

Florida Cabinet Meets In Israel Despite Illegality Complaint

May 29, 2019
The Florida Cabinet - Attorney General Ashley Moody, Gov. Ron DeSantis, CFO Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried - met in Israel Wednesday morning.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis and the independently elected Florida Cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the setting was illegal. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida.

Judge Turns Down Bid To Block Cabinet Meeting In Israel

May 28, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen in a file photo.
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A Tallahassee judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought against Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet by open-government advocates, who made a last-ditch effort to stop a Cabinet meeting in Israel because they argue it will violate the state’s open-meeting laws.

The itinerary is set for Governor Ron DeSantis’s trip to Israel. He will be meeting with Israeli business leaders, and he’ll take a cultural visit to the Old City of Jerusalem.

DeSantis Says Migrant Flux Is 'Something We Don't Want'

May 18, 2019

A day after local officials said the federal government plans to send about 1,000 migrants a month to two South Florida counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis bemoaned the move, arguing that under his leadership the state has been “very cooperative” with federal immigration authorities.

Florida will seek new bids in three years instead of renewing its contract with the company that oversaw last year’s botched SunPass conversion.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a controversial measure aimed at expanding and building three toll roads on the western side of the state, with supporters saying the plan will help prepare for future growth and aid in disaster evacuations.

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Florida lawmakers were angry Thursday when they emerged from an FBI briefing that left them with unanswered questions about the two county election offices in their state that were breached by Russian cyberattacks in 2016.

Russian hackers breached the systems of two county elections systems in Florida in 2016, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday at a news conference. DeSantis said no data were tampered with and vote tallies were not affected.

The intrusions, which had not ever been publicly confirmed, were first disclosed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report about Russian interference in the 2016 election last month.

Lawmakers Sign Off On Budget As Session Ends

May 4, 2019
Gov. Ron Desantis in state capitol
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Florida’s Republican-dominated Legislature quickly put the finishing touches on a record $91.1 billion spending plan Saturday, meeting numerous requests from freshman Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In Satellite Beach, homes perch atop a sand dune, left exposed after a series of storms and hurricanes washed away a sea wall.
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A ban in Florida on the words “climate change” appears to be ending.

The DeSantis administration is showing new leadership where state government has been absent in the past.

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Tampa International Airport Monday.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis wants more international tourists to visit Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials aren’t aborting pursuit of the operational command of President Donald Trump’s Space Force, despite a report Florida isn’t on the U.S. Air Force’s short list of potential bases.

New Surgeon General Faced Harassment Allegations

Apr 3, 2019

A doctor tapped by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become the state’s surgeon general has been embroiled in legal squabbles and investigations while working at the University of Florida. 

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