The Point, May 20, 2019: What You Need To Know About Florida’s New Texting And Driving Law


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Today’s top stories

• Law enforcement in Florida will officially be able to pull drivers over for texting while driving once a new law takes effect July 1. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law on Friday, and citations for drivers caught doing it will begin in January. (AP)

• President Donald Trump over the weekend told DeSantis he won’t send undocumented immigrants from the nation’s southern border to South Florida counties, after all. The governor had said last week Florida “cannot accommodate” them. (Politico)

• A kayaker died Saturday on Rainbow River after having “some sort of medical condition.” (Ocala Star-Banner)

• The governor signed legislation that will begin funding new toll roads through various parts of Florida, including this one via a Suncoast Parkway extension. (WFSU)

• Florida Politics is among one of the media outlets trying to get to the bottom of what happened with election hacking in two Florida counties in 2016. Here’s a trio of questions with the answers that are known at this time.

• The repealing of Florida’s Certificate of Need for new hospital proposals will have major impacts on healthcare in regions like southwest Florida. (Fort Myers News-Press)

• A new public records exemption will make it difficult to know how many people convicted of a felony are getting their voting rights back. (Palm Beach Post)

• Algae problems are not exclusive to South Florida. Signs of it are showing up on certain parts of the St. Johns River. (St. Augustine Record)

A “short-lived tropical or subtropical cyclone” might develop later today in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane season starts in another 10 days or so, and this is a helpful guide to bookmark. (WMFE, Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

• Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, is announcing today a run for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission. (Miami Herald)

Amazon could bring up to 1,000 jobs to the Lakeland area with a new air cargo complex. (Lakeland Ledger)

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About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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