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The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida lawmakers are close to banning delta-8 products and limiting the THC strength of other hemp products.
Here’s what you need to know about delta-8 in Florida and the bills that would ban it.
If you want to cast a vote for Donald Trump (or Ron DeSantis) in March, circle next Tuesday on your calendar.
DeSantis’ idea to cut homeowners’ insurance taxes isn’t supported by House Republicans.
The Florida governor signaled support for a legislative proposal that would fine residents who file frivolous book complaints.

Latest

  1. Clearwater businessman Leo Govoni, center, is accused by a St. Petersburg nonprofit that administers trust funds for the medically needy, of taking $100 million in an unauthorized loan.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on March 7, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  3. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo attends a roundtable discussion at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa on Feb. 23, 2023. Earlier this month, as measles spread through Manatee Bay Elementary in South Florida, Ladapo sent parents a letter granting them permission to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak.
  4. Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became the 40th state to expand Medicaid, Dunnagan finally qualified for the state-federal health insurance program, which covers people with low incomes. “The financial security is huge,” he says. (KATHLEEN DALEY)
  5. Tim Burke departs federal court in Tampa after his hearing on Thursday.
  6. The Florida Capitol complex in Tallahassee. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would preempt local governments from being able to set living wage standards for contractors they hire for publicly funded work.
  7. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  8. Cars and debris from washed-away homes line a canal in Fort Myers Beach on Oct. 5, 2022, one week after the passage of Hurricane Ian. A firm hired to remove migrants from Florida is accused of generating huge legal fees by filing inflated damage claims for hurricane victims in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
  9. Then-President Donald Trump, right, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hold a COVID-19 and storm preparedness roundtable in Belleair, Florida, July 31, 2020.  DeSantis heavily criticized Trump in a candid private call with supporters despite having endorsed him, according to audio obtained by the New York Post and NBC News, leading the Trump camp to blast him for “cheap shots from afar.”
  10. Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Paul Renner, right, and President of the Florida Senate Kathleen Passidomo are pictured in 2023.
  11. Media consultant Tim Burke, 45, stands in his digital media studio at the Seminole Heights home which he shares with his wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak, on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in Tampa where agents with FBI conducted a search and seizure of personal electronics and notebooks in early May.
  12. Florida legislators want to change the law to say that motorists can't be in the left lane of highways unless they’re passing another vehicle.
  13. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum at 8201 International Drive in Orlando is part of Ripley Entertainment. The company responded with a tongue-in-cheek offer when three of its books were removed from public schools in Escambia County.
  14. Randy McKinney, of Clearwater, holds "I Voted" stickers moments after casting his ballot at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office during early voting on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Clearwater. For the 2024 Clearwater election, mail ballots have been sent and early voting runs from March 9 to March 17.
  15. Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach on July 30, 2008. Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to sign legislation that aims to reveal the evidence and testimony presented almost two decades ago to the South Florida grand jury that charged Epstein with just one felony count of soliciting a prostitute.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis is pictured during a panel discussion about defamation on Feb. 7, 2023, in Hialeah Gardens.
  17. Dixon, who joined the fire department in April 2021, said he found a defaced photograph of himself in his locker at Tampa's Station 13, one of the city's busiest and location north of Busch Boulevard.
  18. The entrance to Tarpon Springs City Hall, where commissioners struggled to find consensus Tuesday on appointing a new colleague.
  19. A row of damaged and destroyed homes is seen on Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Condominium associations near Florida’s coast will get access to $175,000 per association in state funds for stormproofing projects under a House bill that’s nearing the finish line.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a rally on Jan. 13 at the Never Back Down super PAC headquarters in West Des Moines, Iowa. DeSantis dropped out of the presidential race about a week later, but traveled to the key early primary state of South Carolina on Tuesday to discuss his support for congressional term limits, and weigh in on the primary race between former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
  21. Cows line up to be milked at a dairy in Tampa. The methane produced by cow manure is a popular source of renewable natural gas across the country.
  22. Students head to class on the first day of school at Pinellas County's East Lake Middle and East Lake High in August 2023. Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature would allow public school principals to enlist "volunteer school chaplains" to help with various "supports, services and programs."
  23. Christina Pushaw attends Gov. Ron DeSantis' inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Tallahassee.
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