Florida Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children from Exploitation and Combat Domestic Violence, Inspired by Gabby Petito’s Tragic Story

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a series of bills on Wednesday aimed at protecting children from exploitation and online predators, as well as a domestic violence bill inspired by the tragic killing of Gabby Petito. During a news conference in St. Petersburg, DeSantis signed five pieces of legislation. One of the bills, referred to as the “Gabby Petito Act” or SB 1224, requires law enforcement officers investigating domestic violence incidents to administer a lethality assessment under certain circumstances. The assessment involves asking a series of questions to determine if the victim … Read more

Governing Dispute Ends: Disney and Florida Governor Reach Settlement, Pausing Federal Lawsuit

ORLANDO, Fla. – Disney has been granted a two-month pause in a federal lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his appointees to Walt Disney World’s governing district. The decision follows a settlement reached by the two parties in separate state court litigation. Disney had filed a request to the federal appellate court last week, citing a settlement agreement between the company and the DeSantis-appointed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. The lawsuit had emerged after a dispute over the future development of Disney World sparked disagreement between the company and the district. As part of … Read more

Resolution Reached in Walt Disney Parks and Florida Governor Dispute over Reedy Creek Improvement District Control

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After a prolonged dispute between Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a resolution has finally been reached in their battle over control of the government entity formerly known as Reedy Creek Improvement District. The settlement was announced on March 27, bringing an end to a contentious legal battle. The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), chaired by Charbel Barakat, expressed their eagerness to work with Disney in a meeting held on March 27. The tone of the meeting was amicable, suggesting a fresh start and a commitment … Read more

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Faces Tough Decisions on Pending Bills as Deadline Approaches

Atlanta, Georgia – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp faces a series of crucial decisions as he approaches the May 7 deadline for signing or rejecting bills. Since taking office in 2019, Kemp has proven himself willing to veto measures, having already vetoed 14 bills in 2023 alone. Additionally, he has flexed his power by freezing over $200 million in state budget spending in the past year. Now, as the deadline looms, Kemp must carefully consider a number of pending measures that have landed on his desk. Among the measures awaiting Kemp’s decision is a budget that … Read more