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Members of a disciplinary panel at the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board hear a complaint against a contractor in September 2016. Board members (left) sit on the panel and determine whether there is reason to believe contractors committed infractions. The board's investigators and employees (right ) summarize cases for the board members. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board plays fast and loose with disciplinary process

The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board doesn't report to anyone, not to the local county commission like every other similar board in the state, and not even to the Florida Legislature which created it. The lack of oversight contributes to a fast and loose approach to how it handles complaints against con …


Jon Steverson, Florida Department of Environmental Protection secretary, resigned Friday.

Rick Scott's environmental protection chief resigns

Jon Steverson, who for two stormy years has led the state Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Rick Scott, resigned late Friday, effective Feb. 3....


State Sen. Darryl Rouson and St. Petersburg officials meet with Walmart representatives Friday to ask the company to reconsider its decision

St. Pete officials ask Walmart to reconsider Midtown closing

State. Sen. Darryl Rouson said Friday he’s so mad at Walmart’s decision to close its Midtown store that he wanted to vandalize the store....


ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Jan. 15, 2017

Big legal news in Florida education circles this week. The state Supreme Court tossed out the Florida Education Association's legal challenge of corporate tax credit scholarships -- one of the nation's largest school choice programs serving nearly 100,000 low-income children -- based on issues of standing. An appellate court, meanwhile, rejected the Palm Beach County school district's claim that the Florida Board of Education had no authority to override district decisions on charter school applications. On other fronts, several school districts grappled with attendance zone revisions, one district ended all local course exams, and another sought strategies to fill its teaching vacancies. Visit the Gradebook daily for the latest Florida education news. Contact jsolochek@tampabay.com to subscribe to this newsletter, or to send comments....