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The Florida Cabinet commemorated Disability Employment Awareness Month at its Tuesday meeting.

Florida Channel

The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is coming up on his two-year anniversary on the job.

View of young people jumping into Horn Spring - Leon County, Florida. (1969)
Buckley, John Charles, 1945-2008 / Florida Memory

A vote on the purchase of about 11,000 acres of land for conversation has been postponed. Tuesday’s cabinet meeting has been canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.

Governor Rick Scott's office

There are now 90 people designated as “Great Floridians.” That’s after Governor Rick Scott added another designee Tuesday.

Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier speaking before the Florida Cabinet.
Florida Channel

In a hastily arranged meeting Friday morning, Florida’s Cabinet members interviewed three more insurance commissioner candidates, promoting deputy commissioner David Altmaier.  In the two previous hearings, the governor and CFO have clashed over nominees.

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A new Florida law allows the state to pay for the reburial of boys’ remains found on the grounds of the now-defunct Dozier School for Boys as well as helps take care of the unclaimed remains.  Some stakeholders are now looking toward next steps associated with the new law.

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A bill to help provide closure for families impacted by the now-closed Dozier School for Boys is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. That’s the former North Florida reform school surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over a span of decades.

Florida Channel

The Florida Senate has passed a bill allowing the state to provide financial help to the families who want to rebury the remains of their loved ones, found on the Panhandle property of the former Dozier School for Boys. Its House counterpart is also heading to the floor.

Florida Channel

Bills seeking to compensate the families who want to rebury their loved ones found on the property of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys are continuing to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. One bill is already headed to the Senate floor.

Florida Channel

A bill seeking to help the families impacted by the now closed Dozier School for Boys is still gaining traction in the Senate. And, the measure now includes some new changes.

Florida Channel

Just off the heels of Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet receiving their final report on the Dozier School for Boys, another Florida Governor is throwing his weight behind reburial efforts in the form of two bills that passed Tuesday.

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will get a final report about the now-closed Dozier School for Boys during Thursday morning’s meeting.

State of Florida / myflorida.com

Florida Cabinet members have approved a settlement agreement in a case questioning whether members and aides worked outside the sunshine law in the ouster of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement head Gerald Bailey. 

Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott and members of the cabinet got an update on the status of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement from FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. His position is up for review and next month he’ll be publicly interviewed by the cabinet. It’s part of a formal process all agency heads must now undergo following the controversial ouster of former FDLE head Gerald Bailey.

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It’s not unusual to see a little shuffling in the governor’s office and state agencies after an election. There are new directions to go in, and favors to repay. But some of the changes lately have looked less like a shuffle and more like a new deck of cards. Now lawmakers and cabinet members are questioning how the deck is being stacked.

Governor Rick Scott's administration has released its version of the events leading up to the departure of the former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner. The move comes as high-level Republicans  call for an investigation into the firing of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Governor Rick Scott's office has released its account of the circumstances that led up to the resignation of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

The department reports to Governor Rick Scott, who recently appointed a new Commissioner to the agency's top job: Rick Swearingen.

The Florida Channel

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater stepped up their criticism of Governor Rick Scott’s administration Thursday. Both Atwater and Putnam are joining an increasing number of voices who say there should be an investigation into the firing of the state’s former top law enforcement official.

State of Florida / myflorida.com

Florida cabinet members continue to distance themselves from Governor Rick Scott over the removal of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner.

  Atwater, Bondi and Putnam to Revisit Bailey Ouster

FSU's land swap gives the school room to build a new College of Business.
Nick Evans

In one of his first duties as Florida State University’s President, John Thrasher appeared before the Florida Cabinet Wednesday.  The Cabinet approved a land swap to build a new business and hospitality school.

Thrasher is pushing a plan for FSU to acquire a parcel of land next to the Tallahassee Civic Center in exchange for a handful of other lots and nearly a million dollars in cash.  On the undeveloped plot of land known as the O’Connell property, FSU plans to build a new College of Business.  Thrasher says much of the funding will be private.

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Florida’s 2014 election cycle ended with disappointment for Democrats and many victories for Republicans.

Florida GOP wins include the gubernatorial race, the Cabinet—particularly the Attorney General’s race—and gaining a supermajority in the Florida House after several Democrats lost some seats.

“Well, obviously we got beat,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant. “We got beat across the nation. We got beat in Florida.”

She says the party is now looking to move forward to do better in future races.

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University of South Florida researchers have now identified two more sets of remains of the boys buried on the Panhandle property of the now defunct Dozier School for Boys. While one boy is the first black student identified, another belongs to the family that helped spark renewed interest into finding answers about what happened at the Marianna school surrounded by a history of alleged abuse.

oysters on the half shell
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put restrictions on the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvest this winter, but it’s also mulling plans to ban harvesting altogether if stocks don’t improve.  Government officials are now calling for financial and educational support if the Commission closes the bay.

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Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway is grounded. Gilway got a scolding from members of the Florida cabinet Tuesday who say the state-backed insurance company is spending too much money on overseas travel.

Gilway says he understands the state’s largest property insurer suffers from a damaged reputation. But he says since he came on board he’s turned things around.

Michael Dye / University of South Florida

The recent ID of the first set of remains of a boy buried on the property of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys in Marianna has helped bring one family closer to closure—some 70 years after the death. And, it’s also helping to keep hope alive for other families awaiting similar answers.

“Ordinarily anybody who knows me, knows I’m never at a shortage to talk. But, I have to say that when Erin [Kimmerle] came to visit me and she revealed to me that they had found my brother, I was totally dumbstruck, said Ovell Krell.

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