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Desloge appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge has been appointed to serve on the FEMA National Advisory Council. The council works with FEMA to help coordinate all aspects of emergency management, including communication with state, local and private sector entities. Desloge will represent the viewpoint of elected local officials.

Route Fifty

Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Initiative

The Trump administration announced a rural broadband initiative on Wednesday, saying federal agencies will work together to help companies deploy high-speed internet access in locations without service. As part of the effort, which is being called the American Broadband Initiative, the Interior Department mapped more than 7,000 towers on public lands, which officials said could be used by service providers looking to put equipment on federal property. The department mapped the towers to show where there is availability.

News Service Florida

Senate Panel Approves Arming Teachers

A Florida Senate panel tasked with shaping statewide education policies advanced a sweeping school-security package on Tuesday that would make it easier for school districts to participate in a controversial “guardian” program and would allow classroom teachers to be armed. The Senate Education Committee approved the proposal (SPB 7030) with a 5-3 vote along party lines. The vote came after the panel agreed to amend the measure to allow law enforcement officers to serve as school safety specialists instead of requiring school district employees to fill that role. The revised bill also puts school superintendents in charge of appointing school “guardians.”