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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody today presented Seniors vs. Crime volunteer Bryan Lifsey the 2018-2019 Advocate of the Year Award for working to protect seniors from scams. Lifsey is one of five Seniors vs. Crime volunteer sleuths nominated for the award. These Super Senior Sleuths are taking extraordinary steps to assist consumers through Attorney General Moody’s Seniors vs. Crime Project.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am thrilled to present our inaugural Senior Sleuth Advocate of the Year Award to Bryan Lifsey. Bryan volunteers his time with our Seniors vs. Crime Program to help seniors and stop scams targeting older Floridians at our regional office in The Villages. Florida is lucky to have such dedicated volunteers like Bryan, our other Super Senior Sleuths and every volunteer who gives their time and talents to help our office protect vulnerable Floridians.” Continue reading

Office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

Planning for our 2019 Human Trafficking Summit is underway, and we are accepting nominations now for this year’s Summit awards. Florida is fortunate to have so many people dedicated to the fight to end human trafficking and help trafficking survivors heal. I look forward to recognizing some of these outstanding Floridians when we host the Summit this fall.

If you know someone who is committed to the fight to stop human trafficking or strives to help survivors of this atrocious crime get back on their feet, please nominate them so we can recognize their efforts.

The following four awards will be presented during the summit:

  • Community Advocate of the Year;
  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year;
  • Prosecutor of the Year; and
  • Survivor Advocate of the Year.

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Press Release: Florida Attorney General Moody

Robocalls are a growing problem nationwide. Not only are they annoying, the calls are often part of a scam designed to trick consumers into parting with their hard-earned cash. My office is working diligently with our federal partners to stop these illegal calls, and this week, we joined the Federal Trade Commission in an effort to block one billion robocalls nationwide as part of Operation Call it Quits.

The robocall crackdown involved more than 90 actions across the country. As part of the crackdown, our office took action against three illegal operations targeting Floridians. Many of the victims of these illegal robocalls were seniors who had registered their phone numbers on the Do Not Call registry.

The calls purported to offer free products, but when consumers signed up they were billed monthly charges. Some offered credit card interest-rate-reduction services guaranteeing that consumers would save thousands if they would pay an upfront fee. Continue reading

By Blanca Taylor, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

July 4th brings family and friends together, as well as neighbors, to celebrate that we’re all part of a community. Everyone pitches in, combining their resources — great food, music, and displays — to lift our spirits.

Social Security has been helping people maintain their independence for over 80 years. In that time, we’ve made it even easier for you to access the programs and benefits you might need. Today, applying online is a fast way to get those crucial benefits.

Here are some of the benefits you can apply for:

Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months old and want your benefits to start no more than four months in the future. Apply at www.socialsecurity.gov/retireonline. Continue reading

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills:

CS/HB 7 – Direct Health Care Agreements

CS/HB 207 – Impact Fees

CS/HB 213 – Immunization Registry

CS/CS/CS/HB 301 – Insurance

CS/CS/HB 453 – Micromobility Devices Continue reading


Photo Credit: Governor’s Press Office

Sarasota, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1552: Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative. The bill establishes the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative as a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory to develop technologies and approaches to control and mitigate red tide and its impacts.  

This legislation supports the objectives of Executive Order 19-12, signed by Governor DeSantis just two days into his term on January 10, 2019. The executive order called for expedited action to protect and restore waterbodies of the state. Additionally, the Governor’s recommended budget prioritized increased research and a focus on science, and the exploration of innovative technologies to address and mitigate harmful effects of red tide and blue-green algal blooms. 

“Innovative technologies will play a vital role in our continued efforts to address water quality issues facing our state and I’m confident this partnership between FWC and Mote Marine will advance our knowledge in this area,” said Governor DeSantis. “I thank the Florida Legislature for their support in addressing these environmental challenges that increasingly threaten our fragile ecosystems and the way of life for so many Floridians.” 
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Tampa, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/HB 501: Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans and CS/CS/HB 427: Honor and Remember Flag, at the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success.

“Here in Florida, we take great pride in being the most veteran-friendly state in the nation and I am proud to sign these two bills today to support our veterans,” said Governor DeSantis. “With more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida, this community makes up an important part of our state’s identity. While we may never be able to fully repay these men and women for their sacrifices, we will continue to do everything we can to support them and their families.”

“I’m proud of Governor DeSantis, our Cabinet and legislature for supporting FDVA and the 1.5 million veterans of our state,” said Danny Burgess, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “Together, we will work to ensure Florida continues to lead the charge as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”  Continue reading


Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Boeing announced that it is moving its Space and Launch Headquarters from Arlington, Va. to Titusville on Florida’s Space Coast. Below is what Governor DeSantis, state leaders and elected officials are saying about this important announcement:

“Florida is the world’s premiere gateway to space and our commercial space industry continues to flourish,” said Governor DeSantis. “Boeing’s decision to move its Space and Launch headquarters from Arlington, Virginia to Titusville affirms our state’s position as a national leader in innovation and job growth and will bring increased investment to the Space Coast.”

“We are thrilled Boeing has made the decision to relocate to Titusville, Florida,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “It is further evidence that Florida is the ideal environment for the space industry to continue thriving. We welcome Boeing and encourage others to enjoy the benefits out great state has to offer.”  Continue reading

Dear Friends,

Let me begin by telling you that it is truly an honor and privilege to be serving you in the Florida Senate. The people in my district, in hometown America, are salt-of-the-earth, hardworking people who love liberty and freedom. It is such a pleasure to sit in your Senate seat and advocate for those principles you hold dear.

Despite you may (or may not) hear from the liberal media about our work in Tallahassee, your Senator, along with great leadership in the Florida Senate, accomplished much for the citizens of the State of Florida. Even though many major news outlets wish to paint a bleaker picture, there have been many advocacy groups and organizations from across the State of Florida that have chosen to celebrate our success from the past few months and offer recognition on our behalf.

This past year, your Senator was recognized by the Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame with the Distinguished Merit Award. The purpose of this is to celebrate the value and virtue of the highest standards of public service and commends those professionals who have performed with exceptional skill, technical expertise, commitment, and innovation while demonstrating sustainable results. A special thank you to Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County for this recognition.

We just received word a few days ago that your Senator has received another “A” grade from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. It was pleasure to partner with the Florida Chamber on number of different policy areas that would help to lower the cost of living and cost of doing business on families and job creators, while also preparing for future growth and protecting Florida’s constitution.

Also, the Foundation for Florida’s Future selected your Senator to the 2019 Report Card Honor Roll, and was given the highest grade possible. The Foundation advances policies that challenge the status quo – policies and tirelessly advocates for every Florida child to have access to a quality education that prepares them for lifelong success. The Foundations Honor Roll recognizes those policymakers who took bold action to pass student-centered legislation during the 2019 legislative session.

Finally, your Senator received the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Association of Florida Community Developers (AFCD) for our commitment to providing an effective, efficient, and responsible planning and policy framework that will support economic development while protecting Florida’s many natural assets. The AFCD exists to provide a leadership role in the creation of quality community development and the formulation of a responsible approach to the planning and development of Florida’s future.

Thank you for partnering with me in this fight to preserve faith, family, freedom, opportunity, and life itself. As always, if this office can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dennis Baxley

By TomL

Famous people I have met. A Veteran came to a meeting I was attending some years ago.  I listened to this veteran’s story. He was being escorted around by other veterans helping him tell his story. According to his report, he was the last person alive that raised the flag on Iwo Jima and he felt obligated to tell the true story. He started: It was a day of a lot of dying. His fellow soldiers were falling all around him. After and during the battle a small group of solders put up the flag to show the ships and other solders that they had taken that part of the island. A high ranking military officer was watching with a pair of binoculars from a ship that was just off shore. He was struck by the sight of the flag raising. So after the battle he decided it would make a great photo op to send back home to USA. So he contacted his photographer to meet him on shore. Continue reading

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