The First District Court of Appeals is revisiting the issue of storing firearms in cars on university campuses. A Florida State University directive in 2015 initially—and incorrectly—prohibited guns in violation of the courts.
Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities. But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.
After a bare knuckle legislative fight, lawmakers are revisiting their decision to slash funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. The governor sees the agencies as vital to growing the state economy.
Enterprise Florida’s board of directors are trying to accentuate the positives at their meeting in Tallahassee this week. The agency is tightening its belt as lawmakers sour on funding the public private business recruiter.
The Tallahassee Housing Authority is planning to open the waiting list to the low-income housing program and redevelop some public housing units. But cuts at the federal level could thwart more area residents qualifying for housing assistance.
The U.S. Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it: capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences. But many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.
Florida Tax Watch is calling for Governor Rick Scott to veto money for more than 100 projects it calls “budget turkeys” that didn’t go through the legislature’s proper vetting process. But the watchdog group says the process was more transparent this year.
Florida Republican members of Congress are calling for former FBI director James Comey to testify about alleged White House interference into its Russia investigation. But Sen. Marco Rubio said people shouldn’t rush to judgment on media reports.
Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo’s leadership of the city’s police department drew criticism and praise from residents at an open forum Tuesday. DeLeo said he likes to hold forums to build relationships with community members.