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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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A House bill would allow drop boxes to be used at locations beyond elections headquarters, but only during early voting hours. The boxes would have to be staffed by supervisors’ employees.
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Senate President Wilton Simpson, a supporter of the bill, used a procedural maneuver to ensure the Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative priority started moving in the Senate.


  1. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks at A Woman for American First event, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Doral, Fla. The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation of Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, citing reports of sexual and other misconduct by the Florida Republican.
  2. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, addresses a crowd of protesters before their evening march on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in St. Petersburg. A proposed 'anti-riot' bill would enhance penalties for a host of crimes committed during protests that turn violent, and opponents have argued its broad definition could lead to racial disparity if the bill ultimately becomes law. “The people across the state of Florida are worried about the chilling effect of this bill,” Rouson said. “This is going to lead to a misapplication of the law, and we know Black and brown people will suffer disproportionately because we have seen it.”
  3. The 1st District Court of Appeal.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  5. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., walks off the House floor as House of Representatives takes up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in 2019.
  6. St. Petersburg City Council member Gina Driscoll.
  7. Rep. Matt Gaetz is retaining two prominent New York attorneys as he faces a Justice Department investigation into sex trafficking allegations involving underage girls.
  8. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, shown in this 2019 photo, has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign and sent fundraising appeals that portray him as a victim of a “smear campaign.”
  9. This spring's state test results won't be held against students when it comes to third-grade promotion, high school graduation, Bright Futures scholarship eligibility and other critical issues, Florida officials announced Friday.
  10. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor
  11. A drop box is set up ahead of the start of early voting in Hillsborough County for the August primary.
  12. The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on March 3, 2021.
  13. Former Republican state senator Frank Artiles.
  14. President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden.
  15. Former State Sen. Frank Artiles, R- Miami.
  16. An associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz's, shown in this 2020 photo, is working toward a plea deal with federal prosecutors investigating a sex trafficking operation, potentially escalating the legal and political jeopardy facing the Florida congressman.
  17. Florida Ron DeSantis holds a press conference announcing a lawsuit against CDC to try to get cruising restarted at the Port fo Miami in Miami, Florida, Thursday, April 8, 2021.
  18. President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thursday in Washington.
  19. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.
  20. In this March 30 photo, minors inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Donna, Texas.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures during a news conference Sunday at the Manatee County Emergency Management office in Palmetto.
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Palm Harbor University High School.
  23. Lawmakers are considering a proposal to end live racing and jai-alai at most of the state’s gambling venues. Only the thoroughbred race tracks — Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs — would continue to be required to operate live racing, thereby preserving a Florida-based industry.