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BAD POT ADVICE LEADS TO LAWYER DISBARMENT

January 18, 2018 - 15:52

by Dara Kam
NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

January 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE --- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred a former Jacksonville lawyer who charged sick people nearly $800 for a “patient identification card” he claimed could keep them from getting arrested for having or growing marijuana.

Several of Ian Christensen’s clients were arrested and prosecuted after following the lawyer’s advice, according to court documents.

KIDS’ HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FACES UNCERTAINTY

January 12, 2018 - 00:07

by Christine Sexton NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

January 10, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- A top Republican state senator is warning that Florida will not able to keep a major children’s health-insurance program running if Congress doesn’t authorize additional money in the near future.

Congress in December authorized a $2.85 billion short-term fix that is expected to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program until March for many states. Some congressional leaders have speculated that a five-year extension could soon be adopted.

STATE OF THE STATE SPEECHES SHOW SCOTT EVOLUTION

January 08, 2018 - 23:05

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 8, 2018......... Gov. Rick Scott will deliver his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session.

It's an important tradition as it gives the governor a chance to offer his assessment of the state and to outline past accomplishments and his goals for the 60-day session.

HANDFUL OF NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT WITH NEW YEAR

January 02, 2018 - 16:20

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 2, 2018......... Six bills from the 2017 legislative session became effective with the arrival of the New Year.

The changes range from eliminating a public-transit commission to streamlining how unmarried and divorced parents agree to time-sharing arrangements for children.

Ingoglia on Red Light Cameras: Taxation by Citation

October 24, 2017 - 21:42

State Representative Blaise Ingoglia is one of the sponsors of a Florida House bill that will get rid of red light cameras for good. The language included in HB (House Bill) 6007 is, “This means local governments will no longer have the authority to implement red light camera programs by local ordinance.”

NURSING HOMES PLAN `SUMMIT' ON GENERATOR ORDER

September 18, 2017 - 15:10

By JIM SAUNDERS AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 18, 2017......... Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out.

FLORIDIANS SHOULD EXPECT DAYS WITHOUT POWER

September 12, 2017 - 10:12

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 9, 2017......... Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.

The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.

FLORIDIANS SHOULD EXPECT DAYS WITHOUT POWER

September 10, 2017 - 11:16

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 9, 2017......... Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.

The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.

DUKE PLAN WOULD END NUCLEAR PROJECT, ADD SOLAR

August 30, 2017 - 07:51

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 29, 2017......... Duke Energy Florida on Tuesday began seeking approval of a wide-ranging settlement agreement that would eliminate the possibility of building nuclear reactors in Levy County, boost solar-energy projects and help set base electricity rates for the coming years.

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