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Weekend Buzz: County government sprints into 2015

Weekend Buzz: County government sprints into 2015

This week is packed with important meetings that will impact Escambia County on various levels. New regulations for borrow pits and C&D landfills, RESTORE funds, storm water, three-year contract for county administrator and tourism will be discussed this week. Escambia County will hold two [...]

Scott appoints Bilbrey to appellate court

Scott appoints Bilbrey to appellate court

Judge Ross Bilbrey has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as a judge on the 1st District Court of Appeal. Bilbrey most recently has served as a judge in the 1st Judicial Circuit in Escambia County.

Federal judge clears up any confusion on gay marriage

Federal judge clears up any confusion on gay marriage

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Pointing to his earlier "explicit ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional," a federal judge Thursday issued an order that likely clears the way for gay marriages to start across the state. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's [...]

State Attorney finds Underhill committed no violation

State Attorney finds Underhill committed no violation

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that his office has completed its review of a complaint alleging that Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill violated the Florida Sunshine Law. Based on thereview, it has been determined that no violation has occurred. His office will take no further [...]

More delays for Charlotte’s Web

More delays for Charlotte’s Web

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Lawmakers will have to sign off on a new rule to kick-start the state's nascent medical marijuana industry, meaning another likely delay in the law that was supposed to take full effect Thursday. Office of Compassionate Use Director Patricia Nelson, [...]

Big day for Charlotte’s Web

Big day for Charlotte’s Web

The Florida Department of Health will hold a workshop today as it tries to develop a regulatory framework to carry out a new law that allows limited types of medical marijuana, such as Charlotte's Web, in the state. An administrative law judge rejected an earlier rule proposed by the [...]

Interesting Job Description for City Attorney leads to charter questions (update)

Interesting Job Description for City Attorney leads to charter questions (update)

The job description for the Pensacola City Attorney has been posted on The Florida Bar website: The City Attorney shall serve as the chief legal adviser to, and shall represent, elected or appointed officials, boards and commissions, and employees in the course and scope of their official duties [...]

2014 State Roundup: A year of change and stability

2014 State Roundup: A year of change and stability

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In some ways, the state of Florida has remained remarkably stable over the past year. Gov. Rick Scott and the entire Cabinet won re-election. Republicans maintain control of both chambers in the Florida Legislature. Indeed, the 40 senators who [...]

IP addresses are public records

IP addresses are public records

The First Amendment Foundation, the Tallahassee-based non-profit that advocates open government, detailed in its most recent newsletter the most recent victories for the foundation and other advocates of transparency in government. One of those victories involved IP addresses. The Ninth Judicial [...]

Court says Gov. Scott should reverse the suspension of Miami Lakes mayor

Court says Gov. Scott should reverse the suspension of Miami Lakes mayor

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday said Gov. Rick Scott should revoke the suspension of a Miami Lakes mayor who was acquitted of federal corruption charges. Michael Pizzi was suspended by Scott last year while facing criminal charges but went to the Supreme Court seeking to get the suspension [...]

Florida Supreme Court asks for another circuit judge for our area

Florida Supreme Court asks for another circuit judge for our area

After lawmakers turned down requests in recent years for more trial judges, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday said the state needs an additional three circuit judges and 32 county judges. The request came in an annual process known as a "certification of need" to the Legislature, which ultimately [...]

Weekend Buzz: Valentino tape edited,Facebook gets another employee fired

Weekend Buzz: Valentino tape edited,Facebook gets another employee fired

Sheriff David Morgan sent the Florida Ethics Commission his formal response to ex-County Commissioner Gene Valentino's complaint against him. Of the four complaints made by Valentino, the one that has received the most attention in the media concerns is a voice message the sheriff left the [...]

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