Florida lawmakers appear ready to junk the state’s unemployment benefits system, CONNECT, over its failures to process payments at the height of the pandemic. But GOP leaders have rebuffed Democratic proposals to address other issues with the system that struggled to pay out paltry benefits even before the coronavirus hit. That could be changing, at least in the Senate.
The House sponsor says the proposed bill would help hold down housing costs, and others say it is another step at removing home-rule powers of local governments. If it passes into law, the measure would allow the state of Florida to control restrictions on new home design, covering anything from wall color to window placement.
A couple driving on Interstate 95 north from Boca Raton lost control of their car and crashed after swerving to avoid a sofa that fell off a truck and into their lane. At the hospital, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper issued them a $166 traffic ticket for failure to drive in a single lane.
Just an hour before Florida’s latest expansion of vaccine eligibility was set to take effect, the state Department of Health revealed late Tuesday the form that doctors will use to certify that a patient is “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19 for vaccination purposes.
Florida lawmakers open their regular session Tuesday with a State of the State speech from Gov. Ron DeSantis. It’s expected to be 60 days of lawmaking focused on reining in Big Tech, riots and Chinese spies,imposing new election restrictions and handling the COVID-19 crisis.
Gov Ron DeSantis' favorability ratings have rebounded after seeing a drop during the pandemic and unemployment crisis last year, according to a new poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. DeSantis also holds leads over Democrats Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist, his two most high-profile potential challengers for reelection in 2022.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order late last week that allows people under 65 to get COVID vaccines, provided their doctor determines they are “extremely vulnerable” to the disease. But the guideline about who qualifies in Florida is confusing.