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Statewide prosecutors said they would appeal.
He sponsored the Parental Rights in Education law, which opponents called the “don’t say gay” bill.
One attorney said the officers were not acting as individual “persons” but as agents of the government during the incidents.


  1. Florida state Rep. Joe Harding listens during a Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing in a legislative session on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee. Harding on Thursday submitted his resignation after being indicted on on charges of money laundering and wire fraud.
  2. Shelley Kappeler, a media technology specialist at Westgate Elementary, holds three books: "J.D. and the Great Barber Battle," "Blended," and "Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer" on Aug. 2, 2022 in St. Petersburg. A state panel is working to develop new training for Florida school library workers after the Legislature passed new requirements for reviewing books and other materials this year.
  3. A coalition of 40 Florida health nonprofits and child advocacy groups are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to release a plan on how Florida will ensure that children, the disabled and low-income families do not lose health coverage when the federal government ends additional emergency funding for Medicaid provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Then-Sen. Jack Latvala talks with his son, then-Rep. Chris Latvala, both of Clearwater, on the House of Representatives floor in March 2016.
  5. In March 1974, Dick Greco resigned as mayor of Tampa. His replacement, Richard L. Cheney, died just months later.
  6. Jeremy Brown, 48, whose trial is underway this week, is charged with 10 separate federal crimes including possession of unregistered firearms, possession of a destructive device and unauthorized possession of documents related to national defense.
  7. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks with supporters during her reelection rally and 63rd birthday party on Wednesday.
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon. A Miami judge has tossed out another voter fraud case brought by DeSantis' election police.
  9. The federal indictment accuses Florida Rep. Joe Harding, R-Ocala, of scheming to defraud the Small Business Administration in order to get Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
  10. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson, June 4, 2020. At a council meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.
  11. The Florida Supreme Court building is pictured on Nov. 10, 2018, in Tallahassee.
  12. The Florida Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether police officers have the right to have their identities shielded under Marsy’s Law when they use deadly force in the line of duty.
  13. Bills will go up in January for many customers of Florida Power & Light, along with customers of Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Florida Public Utilities Co.
  14. The proclamation Tuesday also said lawmakers will take up proposals to provide tax relief and other assistance to people who sustained damage in Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, on Key Biscayne.
  16. State Sen. Ed Hooper speaks during a candidate's forum in Tarpon Springs during his successful 2022 re-election campaign.
  17. Then-Florida Republican Congressional candidate David Rivera speaks on Nov. 2, 2010, in Coral Gables. The former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government has been arrested Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in connection to an ongoing federal criminal investigation, law enforcement officials said.
  18. As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moves into a second term, DeSantis announced in a pair of tweets Monday that two of his state agency heads are stepping down.
  19. Voters drop off mail-in ballots at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office in Tampa on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
  20. The percentage of kindergarten students in Florida completing the immunizations required to enter school during the 2021-2022 year is the lowest since the 2010-2011 school year.
  21. Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda Miranda privately supported former assistant police Chief Butch Delgado, but publicly voiced support for Mayor Jane Castor’s selection.
  22. Sterling Sheffield, an assistant professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida, holds an over-the-counter hearing aid Nov. 30 in Gainesville. OTC hearing aids started hitting the market in October after the FDA approved them for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, and Sheffield has been testing them.
  23. Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, removed Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren in August. Warren was in federal court in Tallahassee last week to try to win his job back.
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