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Governor DeSantis signs bill to provide more educational opportunities

HILEAH, Fla.– Governor DeSantis signed a bill on Tuesday that will allow for more opportunities for children who come from low-income homes. The bill is also beneficial to those who have unique abilities as well as military and foster families. “This legislation creates historical levels of flexibility in both schooling and educational services for millions of low-income families and families of students with unique abilities,” said Governor DeSantis.  “As we have seen for more than 20 years now, these scholarship programs have elevated so many children and families.”  Here...

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WATCH LIVE: Governor DeSantis holds press conference in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Governor DeSantis is expected to hold a press conference in Fort Myers Wednesday afternoon. The Florida governor is scheduled to begin speaking at 3:30 p.m. The press conference is being held at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office of Six Mile Cypress Parkway. WATCH LIVE: The post WATCH LIVE: Governor DeSantis holds press conference in Fort Myers appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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DeSantis signs early learning and literacy legislation

VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Florida governor signed two pieces of legislation aimed at improving early learning and literacy in a press conference in Vero Beach Tuesday. Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement at the Childcare Resources of Indian River around 1 p.m. just before signing the bills. WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE: DeSantis signed House Bill 419 that aims to improve state accountability and improve early learning programs to help kids get into Kindergarten. He also signed House Bill 7011 that will provide a monitoring system to keep students on track and follow academic...

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Florida lawmakers send sports transgender bill to Gov. DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. [AP] – Florida Republicans sent Gov. Ron DeSantis a bill which would ban transgender girls and women from playing on public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls. The measure was approved by the Legislature on Wednesday, but it was stripped of its more controversial elements, including a requirement that transgender athletes in high schools and colleges undergo testosterone or genetic testing, as well as submit to having their genitalia examined. Under the proposal in Florida, a transgender student athlete would have to affirm their biological sex by...

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DeSantis signs ‘anti-riot’ bill into law

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Governor DeSantis signed a Florida bill aimed at cracking down on violent protests and “combating public disorder” into law on Monday. The governor signed HB 1 into law during a press conference with Florida lawmakers and law enforcement at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The legislation, which was nicknamed the “Anti-Riot Bill,” is the “strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country,” Governor DeSantis said. The bill includes several measures to combat any future violent riots in the state...

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DeSantis video pulled from Youtube for COVID-19 misinformation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A roundtable discussion video with Governor Ron DeSantis held last month has been removed from Youtube after accusations of COVID-19 misinformation being discussed, NBC reports. The video was taken down Wednesday for violating Youtube standards, according to Youtube spokesperson Elena Hernandez. The recording featured a panel of health professionals including Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, former Trump White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas, epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta, and Dr. Martin Kulldorff alongside the Florida Governor, NBC reports. The American Institute...

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Florida works to avoid “catastrophic” pond collapse

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday that crews are working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond in the Tampa Bay area while evacuating the area to avoid a “catastrophic flood.” Manatee County officials say the latest models show that a breach at the old phosphate plant reservoir has the potential to gush out 340 million gallons of water in a matter of minutes, risking a 20-foot-high (about 6.1-meter-high) wall of water. “What we are looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation,” DeSantis said at a press...

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WATCH LIVE: DeSantis holds press conference on Piney Point ‘imminent collapse’

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – Governor DeSantis is expected to hold a press conference Sunday morning to give an update on Piney Point in Manatee County. DeSantis issued a State of Emergency for Manatee County Saturday after law enforcement and public safety officials ramped up evacuations in the area surrounding Piney Point in Manatee County due to an “imminent” collapse and release of the wastewater pond. Due to a possible breach of mixed saltwater from the south reservoir at the Piney Point facility, I have declared a State of Emergency for Manatee County to ensure resources are allocated...

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