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Higher ed reform could cost UCF millions - Orlando Sentinel

Higher ed reform could cost UCF millions - Orlando SentinelHouse Speaker Richard Corcoran discusses how Florida can fix its education system and rid it of "failure factories". Gray RohrerContact ReporterTallahassee Bureau. Privacy Policy. TALLAHASSEE --- A plan moving through the Legislature aimed at ...

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Jackrabbits falter in Florida - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Jackrabbits falter in Florida - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderDELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Central Connecticut State's Buddy Dewaine drove in four runs to lift the Blue Devils to a 6-4 victory over South Dakota State Friday in the opening game of the Delray Invitational at Robert P. Miller Park. With the win, CCSU ...

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UPCOMING DATES
March 14, 2017
Florida : Municipal Elections Polls Open 7:00 am - 7:00 pm on Election Day
May 2, 2017
Florida : City of St. Petersburg Special Election Referendum
August 29, 2017
Florida : St Petersburg Primary Election
November 7, 2017
Florida : Hialeah Primary Election

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Florida

Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés established the first permanent European settlement in the United States at St. Augustine in 1565.

Before he was president of the United States, General Andrew Jackson led an invasion of Seminole Indians in Spanish-controlled Florida in 1817. After Florida became a U.S. Territory in 1821, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams appointed Jackson its military governor.

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Constructed over a 21-year period from 1845 to 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was controlled by Federal forces during the Civil War and used to deter supply ships from provisioning Confederate ports in the Gulf of Mexico. The fort was also used during the Spanish-American War.

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In 1944, airman and pharmacist Benjamin Green from Miami developed the first widely used sunscreen to protect himself and other soldiers during World War II. He later founded the Coppertone Corporation.

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John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth when he blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on February 20, 1962. Seven years later, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon after Apollo 11 was launched from the nearby Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.

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Tallahassee, Florida, was the only Confederate state capital that did not fall to the Union during the Civil War.

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Pensacola (not St. Augustine), Florida, is actually the oldest European-founded settlement in the US. It was settled in 1559 by Don Tristan de Luna.

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State of Florida Quick Facts
  • Current Population:20,271,272
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 29 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 29
  • Congressional Districts: 27
  • Date of Statehood: March 3, 1845
  • Size: 65,758 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Sunshine State
  • Tree: Sabal Palm
  • Flower: Orange Blossom
  • Bird: Mockingbird
Registered Voters
  • Republican : 4,428,029
  • Democrat : 4,686,677
  • Minor : 334,670
  • None : 2,910,126
  • Total : 12,359,502

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Florida?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Florida.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Florida does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Florida?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Florida, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    Complete, sign and mail the application to the office of your County Supervisor of Elections.

    Online

    Fill in the online Voter Registration Applicationon the Division of Elections' website.

    voter registration agency

    Apply through any "voter registration agency" (i.e., any government entity designated by the National Voter Registration Act or state law who must allow you to apply to register) at the same time you obtain new or renewing agency services or update your address for the continued receipt of such services

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    No specific law requiring time off to vote

    Florida State Government

    Florida Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the People of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution.

    The current Florida Constitution was adopted by the state's voters on November 5, 1968.

    It includes twelve articles.

    The Executive Branch
    State capitol, Tallahassee, Florida

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power shall be vested in a governor, who shall be commander-in-chief of all military forces of the state not in active service of the United States

    Executive officials in Florida are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

    Florida Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • Legislative Branch
    State capitol, Tallahassee, Florida

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state shall be vested in a legislature of the State of Florida, consisting of a senate composed of one senator elected from each senatorial district and a house of representatives composed of one member elected from each representative district.

    Each house shall be the sole judge of the qualifications, elections, and returns of its members, and shall biennially choose its officers, including a permanent presiding officer selected from its membership, who shall be designated in the senate as President of the Senate, and in the house as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    The senate shall designate a Secretary to serve at its pleasure, and the house of representatives shall designate a Clerk to serve at its pleasure.

    Judicial Branch
    State Supreme court - Tallahassee, Florida

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power shall be vested in a supreme court, district courts of appeal, circuit courts and county courts. No other courts may be established by the state, any political subdivision or any municipality.

    State court judges in Florida are selected through one of two methods, depending on the level of the court.

    The Florida court system is comprised of the Supreme Court, five district courts of appeal, 20 circuit courts and 67 county courts. Each layer of the Florida judicial system has a distinct role in providing justice to all Floridians.

    The mission of the judicial branch is to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

    The Florida Supreme Court is composed of seven Justices. At least five Justices must participate in every case and at least four must agree for a decision to be reached. The Court's official headquarters is the Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee.

    Florida Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(120)
    (41)(79)
    State Senators(40)
    (15)(25)
    US Representatives(27)
    (11)(16)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Florida Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, commission all officers of the state and counties, and transact all necessary business with the officers of government. The governor may require information in writing from all executive or administrative state, county or municipal officers upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices

    Qualifications

    When elected, the governor, lieutenant governor and each cabinet member must be an elector not less than thirty years of age who has resided in the state for the preceding seven years.

    Election

    At a state-wide general election in each calendar year the number of which is even but not a multiple of four, the electors shall choose a governor and a lieutenant governor and members of the cabinet each for a term of four years beginning on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of the succeeding year.

    Term of Office

    Governor and a lieutenant governor and members of the cabinet each for a term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    Florida governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.

    Salary

    $130,273

    Qualification age

    Less than thirty years of age.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    There shall be a lieutenant governor, who shall perform such duties pertaining to the office of governor as shall be assigned by the governor, except when otherwise provided by law, and such other duties as may be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    When elected, the governor, lieutenant governor and each cabinet member must be an elector not less than thirty years of age who has resided in the state for the preceding seven years.

    Election

    At a state-wide general election in each calendar year the number of which is even but not a multiple of four, the electors shall choose a governor and a lieutenant governor and members of the cabinet each for a term of four years beginning on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of the succeeding year.

    Acting Governor

    Further succession as acting governor shall be prescribed by law. Incapacity to serve as governor may be determined by the supreme court upon due notice after docketing of a written suggestion thereof by three cabinet members, and in such case restoration of capacity shall be similarly determined after docketing of written suggestion thereof by the governor, the legislature or three cabinet members.

    Term of Office

    Governor and a lieutenant governor and members of the cabinet each for a term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    Lieutenant governors of Florida are prohibited by the state constitution from serving more than two terms in a row.

    Salary

    $124,851

    Qualification age

    Less than thirty years of age.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general shall, as directed by general law, request the opinion of the justices of the supreme court as to the validity of any initiative petition circulated pursuant to Section 3 of Article XI.

    Qualifications

    The attorney general must have been a member of the bar of Florida for the preceding five years.

    Election

    Attorneys general are elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years.

    Term of Office

    Attorneys general are elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits associated with the office of attorney general.

    Salary

    $128,972

    Qualification age

    The attorney general must be a qualified elector at least 30 years old.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The office of secretary of state is established by state law.

    Qualifications

    There are no particular qualifications required of secretaries of state.

    Election

    The secretary of state is appointed by the governor subject to the confirmation of the state Senate.

    Term of Office

    Length of term Serves at the pleasure of the governor.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits associated with the office of secretary of state.

    Salary

    $141,000

    Qualification age

    Florida State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The speaker has the power to preside over the chamber during a session, to appoint committee members and chairs of committees, to influence the placement of bills on the calendar, and to rule on procedural motions.

    Qualifications

    To run for the Florida House of Representatives, candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve.

    Election

    The presiding officer of the chamber is the Speaker of the House, elected by the Representatives.

    Term of Office

    The Speaker of the House is elected by the representatives for a two-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    That initiative said that Florida Representatives are subject to term limits of no more than four-year terms.

    Salary

    $29,697/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    candidates must be 21 years old.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The President of the Senate is selected by the majority party caucus and then elected by the full membership of the Senate. The President Pro Tempore is selected by the President of the Senate and elected by the full membership of the Senate.

    Qualifications

    To run for the Florida State Senate, candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve.

    Election

    Senators shall be elected for terms of four years.

    Term of Office

    The Senate includes 40 state senators who are elected from single-member districts to four-year terms with term limits.

    Limit on Tenure

    However, in the election following reapportionment, some senators are elected to two-year terms, in order to maintain staggered terms among the senators.

    Salary

    $29,697/year.

    Qualification age

    Candidates must be 21 years old.

    Florida State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The supreme court shall adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts including the time for seeking appellate review, the administrative supervision of all courts, the transfer to the court having jurisdiction of any proceeding when the jurisdiction of another court has been improvidently invoked, and a requirement that no cause shall be dismissed because an improper remedy has been sought.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible for office of justice or judge of any court unless the person is an elector of the state and resides in the territorial jurisdiction of the court.

    Election

    Any justice or judge may qualify for retention by a vote of the electors in the general election next preceding the expiration of the justice’s or judge’s term in the manner prescribed by law.

    Term of Office

    The term of the justice or judge retained shall commence on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January following the general election.

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief Salary

    $162,000

    Associates Salary

    $162,000

    Qualification age

    The Court Appeal
    Authority

    There shall be a district court of appeal serving each appellate district. Each district court of appeal shall consist of at least three judges. Three judges shall consider each case and the concurrence of two shall be necessary to a decision.

    Qualifications

    Admitted to practice law in Florida for at least 10 years.

    Election

    Term of Office

    They serve six-year terms and are re-elected through retention elections.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $154,140

    Qualification age

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