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AMBULANCE PROVIDER RULES State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued an emergency order temporarily suspending a requirement that emergency medical transportation providers obtain a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” from counties to offer services. The order came after an ambulance service tried to expand into a neighboring county last year but local officials refused to approve Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

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ELECTION FUNDING Secretary of State Laurel Lee has requested $20.2 million from the federal Election Assistance Commission to help Florida prepare for the 2020 elections. The money comes from $400 million authorized by Congress as part of the CARES Act. Election expenses are anticipated to increase as there is higher interest in voting by mail, adding Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

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REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION The GOP has picked Jacksonville to host the Republican National Convention keynote events in August. The convention’s official business meetings will take place in Charlotte. Portions of the convention events were moved to Florida after the governor of North Carolina expressed concerns about a potential spread of COVID at the larger events. TOURISM COVID-19 Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

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PULSE REMEMBRANCE DAY Governor DeSantis ordered all flags at local and state buildings be lowered to half-staff on June 12th in honor of the victims on the anniversary of the 2016 shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. HURRICANE SEASON Hurricane season officially kicked off June 1st. The state enjoyed a tax-free hurricane preparedness holiday the first Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

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DEEPWATER HORIZON April 20th marked the ten-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Wildlife has been forever altered, with fish and other sea life still showing oil contamination. The federal moratorium on drilling off the Florida coast is set to expire in 2022. PRESCRIPTIONS DRONE DELIVERY If you live in The Villages, you may be able Read more about Issues of Interest[…]