Local & State

Senate supports out-of-state online sales tax legislation

Pat Raia

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On March 25 Florida's State Senate approved legislation in a 30-10 vote to require online retailers who do not have a physical presence in Florida to collect sales taxes and remit them to the state of Florida. Revenue derived from collecting the sales taxes would be used to boost the State's unemployment compensation system.

Proposal provides bonus for civics teachers

Teachers who demonstrate excellence in civics education would be eligible for a cash bonus under a plan unveiled by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week. Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship.

We're all expected to exercise the duties of citizenship,” DeSantis said. “And that of course means voting, but it also means being involved in your community, participating in the political process in some way or another.”

DeSantis Delivers State of the State Address

Tallahassee, Fla. – Provided below is the State of the State address delivered by Gov. DeSantis on March 2, 2021, to a joint session of Florida’s legislature.


Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the House and Senate and fellow citizens:

I see, in many parts of our country, a sad state of affairs: schools closed, businesses shuttered and lives destroyed.

This calamitous reality is just the beginning of what will likely be long-term damage to children, families and society.

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.