After years of debate, the legislature is on the brink of deregulating a slate of professions. Cosmetologists to geologists to boxing announcers could have a better shot at starting a business. But some of those same workers have doubts about the reforms.

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Local city and county governments won't be able to impose new regulations on "businesses, professions, and occupations," and state law would preempt any existing local laws and regulations: that's the heart of House Bill 17, now advancing in Tallahassee.

Federal authorities have suspended the license of a Miami-area blood bank for violations that include improperly notifying donors who may have been HIV-positive.

  It’s the first time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suspended a blood bank’s license in more than a decade.

According to a July 9 letter from the FDA, Doral, Florida-based U.S. Blood Bank did not make “reasonable attempts” to notify at least 120 donors between August 2013 and May who tested reactive for HIV and would need another test to verify the results.

New Rules Target Invasive Lionfish

Jul 30, 2014
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New management rules targeting lionfish take effect August 1st. The rules are aimed at ridding Florida waters of the prickly invasive species.

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Governor Rick Scott's office is continuing to push back against "cigar regulations" proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA wants to require at least 5,000 hours of testing for new products, and impose a "price floor" on premium cigars.

Lieutenant governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera Wednesday toured the only cigar factory left in Tampa.