State News

FLORIDA TO PROVIDE LIMITED VOTER INFORMATION TO PANEL

July 08, 2017 - 11:23

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 6, 2017......... With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission's request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will only provide publicly available data.

MORGAN CHALLENGES MEDICAL MARIJUANA SMOKING BAN

July 07, 2017 - 09:31

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 6, 2017......... Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan on Thursday followed through on threats to sue the state over a smoking ban included in a new law carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Morgan, who largely bankrolled the medical-marijuana ballot initiative, had repeatedly threatened to launch a legal challenge over smoking, which he maintains was permitted in the amendment supported by more than 71 percent of Florida voters last fall.

JUDGE STRIKES DOWN `STAND YOUR GROUND' CHANGES

July 04, 2017 - 09:36

By JIM TURNER -- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 3, 2017 .......... A Miami judge on Monday ruled that a change to the state's “stand your ground” self-defense law signed nearly a month ago by Gov. Rick Scott, intended to better protect the rights of defendants, is unconstitutional.

Supporters of the controversial law, approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature earlier this year, called the ruling “a notable setback” and predicted an appeal.

Cloud conversion bill vetoed

July 03, 2017 - 10:57

A bill dealing with state infrastructure technology, sponsored by Representative Blaise Ingoglia has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill would have moved the state toward utilizing cloud technology. Ingoglia stated that if state agencies migrated to commercial cloud products, then millions in tax dollars could be saved. HB 5301 also would have created a cybersecurity task force, but Ingoglia emphasized that the major cost saver is cloud conversion.

ROSY OUTLOOK FOR STATE PENSION FUND

July 01, 2017 - 14:33

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 30, 2017 .......... Florida's $155 billion pension fund is on track to show a positive gain for the eighth straight year, as the state's fiscal year ended on Friday.

Although the final number will not be calculated for some time, State Board of Administration officials said they expected the return to be near a Wednesday estimate showing the fund was up 14.24 percent for the fiscal year.

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