Author: Jessica Stuart

Appeals Court Tosses School Quality Lawsuit | Sunshine State News

Florida’s First District Court of Appeals has thrown out a sweeping lawsuit alleging Florida violated its own constitution by failing to provide funding for “high quality” public schools. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously to toss the suit on Wednesday.  The original lawsuit, filed in 2009, asked state judges to determine whether or not Florida had provided adequate funding for thousands of public schools in Florida’s 67 counties, which serve nearly 3 million students each year.  The suit, whose plaintiffs include education advocacy groups Citizens for Strong Schools and Fund Education Now, in addition to several parents, was filed against...

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Panel Supports Making It Harder to Raise Taxes | Sunshine State News

A measure that would require future tax or fee increases to be approved by two-thirds votes of the Legislature is ready for consideration by the state Constitution Revision Commission. The commission’s Finance and Taxation Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to advance a proposed constitutional amendment (Proposal 72), sponsored by Commissioner Fred Karlinsky of Weston, that would require tax or fee increases to be supported by at least 80 members of the 120-member House and 27 members of the 40-member Senate. The vote means the measure is now available for consideration by the full commission, where it must gain support...

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Morning Political News

Today’s Top Florida Politics and News – Post: Frankel leads call for sexual-misconduct investigation of Trump Roll Call: Corrine Brown Petitions to Stay Out of Prison During Appeal Roll Call: A Huge Congressional Settlement Involving Sexual Harassment–And Hardly Anyone Knew Herald: Florida Dem accused of sexual harassment gets support from Congress Politico: GOP congressman to Trump: Mueller probe ‘infected with bias’ Politico: FEC dismisses latest legal arguments of Rivera in lawsuit Sun-Sentinel: South Florida prosecutors tell Congress how to help amid opioid crisis Post: State Attorney Dave Aronberg testifies before House panel on opioids Times: How is Florida’s health? Not so great, report says Today: Talks underway about rocket landing site at KSC Times: Tampa Bays mortgage delinquency rate crept up in September NSF: Tax increases would need two-thirds vote of Legislature under proposal Ledger: Citrus crop declines continue, making case for fed aid Democrat: Constitutional Review Commission considers Marsy’s law for victim’s rights Herald: There’s a hidden cost to climate change. Many Florida taxpayers could foot the bill. Sun-Sentinel: Broward moves to sue drug companies over opioids Herald: Notorious shark-dragging video results in three Florida men facing animal cruelty charges Sun-Sentinel: Broward bailiff plans walk to D.C. to raise awareness about human trafficking Sentinel: Ayala’s office to seek death penalty for man accused of killing Winter Park nanny Sentinel: Central Florida businesses tap hurricane bridge loans Sentinel: Former...

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FWC Charges 3 in ‘Disturbing’ Shark-Dragging Incident | Sunshine State News

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three individuals connected to the video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed.  The individuals charged are —  Michael Wenzel, 21, of Palmetto. Two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty (third-degree felony); one misdemeanor count of illegal method of take – shark (second-degree misdemeanor). Robert Lee Benac, 28, of Bradenton. Two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty (third-degree felony); one misdemeanor count of illegal method of take – shark (second-degree misdemeanor). Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto. Two felony counts of aggravated...

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