Governor DeSantis Approves New State Laws Effective as of October 1

On April 16, 2019, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the U.S. Coast Guard Station Marathon to meet with Monroe County and municipality officials. Photos by Kristen Livengood. Photo and Caption: Monroe County Board of County Commissioners / Flickr There will be 24 new laws that will go into effect in Florida starting Thursday, October 1.

Six Amendments to Watch Out For in Florida Elections

‘Vote Here’ sign placed on the walkway to a neighborhood polling place, as seen on election day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo: Jillian Cain Photography/Shutterstock.com With the presidential election less than two months away, many other offices and issues will be decided when voters go to the polls. In Florida, there are six ballot

DeSantis Selects Central Florida Judge as Nominee for Supreme Court Justice

Judge Jamie R. Grosshans, Ninth Circuit. Photo: www.theledger.com Governor Ron DeSantis named Judge Jamie R. Grosshans from Winter Garden of the Daytona Beach-based 5th District Court of Appeal to the state high court on Monday, September 14. DeSantis made his selection at 5 p.m., the same time as a court-ordered deadline imposed by the Florida

Judge Renatha Francis No Longer Eligible to Be New Supreme Court Justice

Gonznumber16 | WikiCommons The Supreme Court of Florida has ordered DeSantis to pick someone else to be Supreme Court Justice. Palm Beach circuit judge Rentha Francis has been deemed not eligible by the Florida Supreme Court. The unanimous ruling said because the state constitution requires 10-year membership in the Florida Bar to be named to

Official Date for Florida Bar Examination Set for October 13 Online

Image by Welcome to all and thank you for your visit ! ツ from Pixabay  The Florida State Bar examination will be held online only on Tuesday, October 13. The Bar exam was originally supposed to take place on August 19 but was canceled. Read more about that cancellation and its subsequent consequences in our

Law Students Plan Protest Ahead of Florida Bar Exam Postponement

Photo of the Florida State Capitol Building in Tallahassee, FL, USA on May 3, 2020. Photo: Felix Mizioznikov/Shutterstock.com A protest has been planned for Wednesday, August 19 by several law students in Florida. The reason being is due to the Florida Bar Examination being cancelled once again. This is the third time this summer the

Trump Administration Revokes Rule Requiring Foreign Students to Take In-Person Classes

Students walk to classes on the University of South Florida college campus quad in Tampa, Florida, USA on January 15, 2020. Photo and Caption: Leigh Trail/Shutterstock.com International students can breathe a sigh of relief… for now. The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the

Felons Not Allowed to Vote Yet in Florida Primary, Supreme Court Says

Photo: hafakot/Shutterstock.com The Supreme Court of Florida said on Thursday, June 16 it will not allow convicted felons to vote in a primary until they have paid fees, fines and restitution, according to state law. This is even if the felon has completed his or her sentence previously. The next step is for the case

Take Two: Florida Supreme Court Asks to Hear Out Battling Parties Again

Image by Terre Di Cannabis from Pixabay  All is fair in love and war, but not in the Florida State Legislature, apparently. The Florida Supreme Court has asked two parties to come together again to discuss a lawsuit over the 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. The lawsuit saw Tampa-based Florigrown challenging the 2017 vertical

New Florida Laws That Go into Effect as of July 2020 (Part 3)

CS (Committee Substitute)/House Bill 327 – Illegal Taking, Possession and Sale of a Bear It is illegal in the state of Florida to kill or possess a recently-killed bear during closed season. Anyone who commits this crime will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for the first offense and will have their Fish and Wildlife