TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House has passed a bill backing Attorney General Bill McCollum’s lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul.
The bill (HB 7235) passed on a partisan 74-41 roll call with Republicans in favor and Democrats against. It now goes to the Senate.
The Republican-controlled Legislature already has voted to put a related state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot.
It would bar Floridians from being forced to obtain insurance coverage required by the new federal law. Legal experts, though, say that law would trump the amendment under the “supremacy clause” of the U.S. Constitution.
Several other state’s have joined the lawsuit by McCollum, who also is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.
The university will officially close Tuesday for all non-essential employees, and classes have been canceled from Monday to Thursday because of the potential impact of Tropical Storm Ian, according to a Sunday universitywide email. Residence halls and dining locations on the Tampa and St. Pete campuses will remain open, but updates surrounding the operational status […]
After years of delay, construction of a 30-foot bouldering center on campus is underway at the Recreation and Wellness Center. It’s expected to be completed by early November or spring semester at the latest, according to Director of Recreation and Wellness Jay Souza. The bouldering wall, which will replace one of the racquetball courts parallel […]
Some senator and campus council representative positions are for the taking as Student Government’s (SG) midterm elections commence. Campaigning began Saturday and will end Oct. 12, according to the USF elections overview. Students will be able to vote Oct. 11-12. There are seven available Senate seats for the Tampa campus, three for St. Pete and […]
Protective fences will be added to the top floor of four parking garages on campus, as announced in a univeristywide email Saturday. The announcement comes after the death of a student Sept. 16 at the Beard Garage. Chief Health Officer Donna Petersen said the Facilities Management team will finalize the plans for the fences over […]
Growing up as a first-generation American, home and school represented two different lives for Camila Urbina, Student Government (SG) attorney general and Epilepsy Foundation of Florida president. At home, Urbina’s Venezuelan lifestyle was normal. Even though she lived in Florida, she never saw anything unusual about her family values, the food she ate and the […]
The Recreation and Wellness Center has seen surges of students using the facility, resulting in frustrations for those trying to get a workout in. Complaints have risen specifically because of how crowded the Rec is, which has led to longer queues for exercise machines and equipment. In the first week of the fall semester, 20,906 […]