On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the extension of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to July 12, 2019.
The $25 million program will help agricultural producers in designated disaster areas prepare for the upcoming growing seasons, as part of ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael.
“We are laser-focused on getting real relief and assistance to Floridians in our Northwest Florida communities,” said DeSantis. “Extending the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program deadline will help more Florida farmers get back on their feet sooner.”
Designated disaster areas include Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties.
On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two pro-veterans' bills (HB 427: Honor and Remember Flag and HB 501: Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans) at the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success.
“Here in Florida, we take great pride in being the most veteran-friendly state in the nation and I am proud to sign these two bills today to support our veterans,” said DeSantis. “With more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida, this community makes up an important part of our state’s identity. While we may never be able to fully repay these men and women for their sacrifices, we will continue to do everything we can to support them and their families.”
Yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis received a bill that could lead to an expansion of underground power lines in Florida -- something supporters in the Sunshine State have been advocating for with the state being a constant target of hurricanes and power outages.
The bill (SB 796), introduced by Sen. Joe Gruters, would change the way underground power-line projects are financed, leading to more projects and ways to improve infrastructure around the state.
The Senate voted 39-1 to pass the bill last month, while the House approved it in a 110-3 vote.
It's been a good week for Rep. Bob Rommel.
Fresh off receiving the Champion of Business Award from the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Rommel picked up another award, this time from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
On Thursday, the Florida Chamber awarded Rommel the 2019 Most Valuable Legislator (MVL) award for his leadership in tackling the negative stigma that has resulted in Florida being labeled a ‘Judicial Hellhole.'
The Florida Chamber’s MVL award is the business community’s premier legislative award honoring a single lawmaker for their outstanding legislative leadership and willingness to take a stand for free enterprise.
Republicans looking to flip Florida Senate District 3 may have found a real candidate to unseat a Democratic in the left-leaning district.
Marva Preston, a retired police officer and ordained minister, is looking to bring her conservative values to SD 3 in 2020 with Democratic Sen. Bill Montford facing term limits.
The 3rd District, encompassing Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties, previously represented the 6th district before it was redrawn. The district is known to lean left, with liberal strongholds like Tallahassee helping Montford carry the seat with over 67 percent of the vote in 2016.
Preston joins a still-adolescent Republican field, with the only other Republican being outspoken activist and blogger Benjamin Horbowy.
Fresh off their collaborative effort to reform assignment of benefits abuse that plagues Floridians, Sen. Doug Broxson and Rep. Bob Rommel are receiving some much needed recognition for promoting free-enterprise in the Sunshine State.
Awarded to legislators who take a stand to limit regulation and protect Florida citizens from burdensome policies, the Champion of Business Award is presented yearly to the state's top-tier talent.
This year, the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) gave the award to both Broxson and Rommel for their roles in spearheading "AOB" bills that will curb lawsuit abuse, and lower insurance rates for individuals residing and doing business in Florida.
Need proof that our university system is broken?
On Monday, Parkland survivor and conservative activist Kyle Kashuv made an announcement on Twitter that Harvard University had withdrawn his admission from the school over posts he wrote on a private Google document with friends when he was sixteen years old.
The recently surfaced screenshots showed him using racial slurs a few months before the 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla.
Friday was a day of celebration -- both for President Donald Trump and conservatives in the state of Florida.
Fulfilling one of his campaign promises, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed one of the most monumental bills of the legislation session into law: Banning sanctuary cities in the state of Florida.
The bill, spearhead by Sen Joe Gruters and Rep. Cord Byrd, will reestablish the rule of law in the state of Florida, requiring local goverments to honor requests from federal immigration authorities to detain people who are thought to be in the United States illegally. The bill also requires local jails to fully comply with requests to hold inmates for federal immigration authorities.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis defied traditional GOP logic when he signed a drug bill that will allow the importation of prescription drugs into Florida. The signing signals a promise kept by DeSantis to find innovative solutions to the rising health care costs plaguing Floridians.
The bill establishes two programs – the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program (CPDI Program) and the International Prescription Drug Importation Program (IPDI Program) – to safely import federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription drugs into the state for the benefit of consumers and public programs.
The bill passed in the GOP-led Florida House April 29 with a final vote of 93-20.
With the 2019 legislative cycle in the rear-view, many legislators get a much deserved break from the taxing day-to-day operations of the 60-day session. Lawmakers mentally and physically exhausted from the legislative gathering now get a chance to establish a little order to their daily routine, and most importantly, they get the be with their families and loved ones for more than just a weekend.
And while this time away from the committees, conferences and debates is needed, in reality, it's only for a fleeting moment. Ask anyone involved in Florida's political scene, and they'll tell you that the political process is year-round.
This is especially true for young legislators trying to increase their political stock, and move through the ranks on a quest to hold a coveted leadership position before their term limit expires.
With the Sunshine State's political and business carousel in full swing, new faces in new faces are a common occurrence now that Florida's political season is on hiatus. On Friday, the Florida Chamber added their own new face, acquiring an expert in the field of corporate growth.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced that Constantine Karides, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors.
“The Florida Chamber believes a globally competitive business climate helps Florida businesses and families succeed,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Constantine brings a wealth of experience to our Board and we look forward to working with him and our members to grow private sector jobs to make Florida more competitive.”
Karides comes from the prestigious Reed Smith LLP, where he served in their Financial Industry Group counseling companies on a wide range of matters including: distressed credit, special situation transactions, private equity, restructurings and corporate governance. Karides also brings with him considerable cross-border experience representing foreign companies operating in the United States.
Fresh off his assignment of benefits victory this legislative session, Rep Bob Rommel announced today that he has been named to the Florida Advisory Committee of the United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC).
The coalition, which includes a diverse group of business, military, faith, and humanitarian leaders from across the state, is a nonprofit organization made up of community leaders who promote increased support for the United States’ diplomatic and development efforts among both politicians and the public.
Since his election to the Florida House in 2016, Rommel has been regularly recognized as a strong leader on a variety of issues at both the state and national levels.
Known as a firebrand conservative among his colleagues, Rommel has been outspoken when it comes to supporting President Donald Trump's foreign policy initiative. His leadership in the Sunshine State, coupled with his understanding of international relations, has put him in a unique position to promote American interests abroad.
On Wednesday, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) held a press conference in Tallahassee to outline their 2020 agenda, and shine light on excessive tort costs that plague Florida’s major cities.
The conference was headlined by NFIB's Executive Director of Florida Bill Herrle. Participating in the event alongside Herrle was Chairman of the Florida Council for Safe Communities Maurice Langston, Vice Chairman of Florida's for Government Accountability Jim Maxwell, Chairman of the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition Jim Kallinger, President of James Madison Institute Dr. Bob McClure, and Owner of Source1 Specialty Services Inc. Michelle Smith.
If you're tired of hearing about Russian hackers and rigged elections, you've come to the wrong place. The debacle that reached its pinnacle last week when Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a statement on the Russia probe has now leaked into the Sunshine State.
Over the weekend, Ryan Morales, a Democratic candidate who's running for a Florida House seat in Lake County, made the claim on his Facebook that his campaign website was compromised by Russian hackers.
The self-professed "Marketing Jedi" released the statement on his Facebook page, accompanying the declaration with a picture of the supposed hack -- which has since been taken down.
Numerous liberal and progressive websites in Florida covered the "news," doubling-down on Mueller's not so subtle remarks, hoping to drive traffic to their websites.