Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act signed into law

“Florida Governor Rick Scott on March 9 signed Senate Bill 7026, The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The legislation represents a comprehensive approach to addressing the issues presented by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, including firearm and school safety, and community mental health resources … Click here to read more

Florida governor breaks with NRA, backs tighter gun restrictions

From The Los Angeles Times: “As teachers returned Friday to the Florida high school where a shooter killed 17 students and instructors, the state’s governor announced sweeping plans to tighten gun laws and bar anyone younger than 21 from purchasing a firearm. The proposal marked a dramatic break with the National Rifle Assn. and comes after emotional appeals … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Florida will send Trump panel some voter info

“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 provide the commission publicly available data,” according to The Palm Beach Post. “‘Driver’s license information and Social Security numbers are not, and cannot be provided … Click here to read more

Scott pitches dike repairs to Trump

“Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, according to News Service of FL … Click here to read more

Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; Gov. declares State of Emergency

“Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the 107 wildfires burning around the state,” according to US News and World Report. “Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies … Click here to read more

‘Sexy Beaches:’ FL legislature’s public relations war on tourism marketing, business development

From The Miami Herald: “What started out as a disagreement over taxpayers footing the bill for a version of Pitbull’s ‘Sexy Beaches’ video is now turning into a full-blown public relations war between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida House. … Click here to read more

Board of County Commissioners: Hurricane Matthew response and recovery updates

“Martin County officials continue to respond and assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The County reports the following statistics of the storm’s impact to our community. Total rainfall: 3.75 inches. Winds: Highest sustained 66 mph with gusts to 80 mph. Storm surge: Estimated at 3 feet. … Click here to read more

ABC News: First outbreak of locally transmitted Zika virus confirmed in Florida

An outbreak of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Florida, marking the first time the virus has been found to be transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S. The outbreak has infected at least four people … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Governor focuses on septic tanks to combat blue-green algae

“Gov. Rick Scott said last week that he plans to seek state money to help curb what he calls a “major contributor” to the pollution problem — septic tanks. Many say the governor’s approach would not eliminate the recurrent problem of blue-green algae choking inland waters … Click here to read more

Martin County defends Comprehensive Plan amendments

From the Martin County Board of County Commissioners: “Martin County defended amendments to its award-wining Comprehensive Plan in front of the Florida Administration Commission, comprised of Governor Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet. The Commission takes final action on processes relating to comprehensive plans or plan amendments. The issue is whether Martin County … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Scott signs 44 bills into law, including concealed carry, body camera legislation

Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday afternoon, including one allowing concealed weapons to be carried without a permit during emergency evacuations and another that will shield police body camera videos from public record laws. The concealed carry bill is a favorite project … Click here to read more