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State of Florida defends its immigration law

The legislation spurred heavy debate before it was approved this spring by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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House GOP proposes to punt shutdown for 1 month while slashing agency spending

Stopgap funding measure raises immediate doubts of whether it can pass the House or meaningfully reduce odds of an appropriations lapse in less than two weeks.

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Legislation seeks to prevent abortion charges against mothers in Florida

A new law would prohibit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.

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Strained juvenile justice systems, including Florida's, to get relief

Community-based crisis intervention services are diverting adolescents with mental and behavioral health issues from the criminal justice system, which is unequipped to meet their needs.

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Group seeks information on Florida school voucher expansion

The Florida Policy Institute said the latest details have not been published by the Department of Education.

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Families fume over plans taking space from Surfside condo collapse memorial

'It doesn’t matter how luxury a building may be. Garbage is garbage,' one critic said about plans to include garbage collection and a loading dock near a proposed memorial for those killed in the Champlain Towers South collapse.

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More living local: How cutting red tape can encourage housing conversions

By streamlining zoning and broadening eligibility for adaptive reuse programs, Los Angeles and Kissimmee, Florida, encourage developers to convert business properties to desperately needed housing.

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Judge refuses to block Florida transgender treatment law

The lawsuit contends new restrictions on adults have erected 'unnecessary barriers' to care and imposed 'medically unsupported requirements' on trans people.

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Quick resolution sought in Florida congressional redistricting dispute

Circuit Judge J. Lee Marsh ruled earlier this month that a redistricting plan pushed through the Legislature by Gov. Ron DeSantis was unconstitutional.

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IRS: Millionaires with unpaid tax bills? We're on it ... sort of

The agency had planned to bring on 3,833 revenue agents in fiscal 2023, but as of March had recruited just 34.

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Florida finances in ‘good shape,’ lawmakers say, but surpluses will dip

'We are certainly in a much different position from last year,' Senate Appropriations Chairman Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, said.

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Crunch time in Congress could hit state and local programs

The legislative logjam on Capitol Hill is backing up everything from child care to disaster funding.

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First Miami-Dade budget hearing grapples with housing crisis, growth of government

A panoply of issues was addressed at the budget hearing, in addition to the housing crisis: Trouble at the county’s animal services department; a slow moving crisis for the county’s solid waste program; pressure to increase transit services.

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Florida Supreme Court keeps 'fairness and diversity' out of continuing judicial education requirements

'I continue to believe that fairness and diversity education is of great benefit,' Justice Jorge Labarga wrote in dissent.

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As flood risk changes, many communities brace for insurance rate shock

While the National Flood Insurance Program’s new way of setting flood insurance premiums better reflect a property’s flood risk, lawmakers say the significantly higher rates for some properties could discourage people from buying insurance.

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'I refuse to teach lies': Why one Black History teacher is taking a break

'I absolutely miss it,' Renee O’Connor said. 'Especially these first few days when you're making connections with the kids. I mean, this has been my life for the past 12 years.'

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Housing, transit and resilience: Mayor Levine Cava's proposed budget for Miami-Dade

It’s a record $11.7 billion spending plan aimed at many of the crises the county is experiencing these days.

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Biden administration soliciting volunteers throughout government to deploy for disaster response

FEMA has said the assignments from other agencies could help ensure an adequate recovery effort, including in Florida.

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