Agency: FL

Silencing Science Tracker

Agency: FL

2018-06-20 Florida Citrus Department Budget Cuts Proposed for 2018-19 FL, State Budget Cuts Other

The Florida Department of Citrus’ 2018-19 budget proposed to reduce funding for scientific research by $48,700. The reductions are reportedly necessary due to lower than expected revenues.

2018-05 Discussion of Climate Change Omitted from Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference FL, State Government Censorship Climate

Florida Governor Rick Scott hosted the Governor’s Hurricane Conference, which is intended to provide information on how to prepare for and recover from hurricanes. None of the conference sessions discussed on climate change or sea level rise, despite significant scientific evidence that those phenomena will increase hurricane severity.

2018-01 Unqualified Individuals Appointed to Florida Wildlife Commission FL, State Personnel Changes Other

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed three individuals with little or no experience in wildlife management to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

2018-01 Research Funding Cut by Florida Citrus Department FL, State Budget Cuts Other

The Florida Department of Citrus cut $70,000 from its scientific research, marketing, and administration budgets. The cuts were reportedly necessary due to lower than expected revenues.

2017-12 Florida Officials Barred from Referencing “Climate Change” FL, State Government Censorship Climate

Florida Governor Rick Scott banned state employees from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in official correspondence.

2017-11-17 Bill Requiring Balanced Teaching of Scientific Theories Introduced in Florida FL, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Florida legislature that would, if enacted, require “controversial” scientific theories to be taught in a “balanced” way. While the bill does not identify any specific “controversial” theories, it is thought to be targeting the teaching of climate change and evolution.

2017-09 Climate Science Misrepresented by Florida Governor FL, State Bias and Misrepresentation Climate

During a press conference following Hurricane Irma, Florida Governor Rick Scott suggested that climate change may be caused by natural cycles, and not anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

2017-07-21 Florida Citrus Department Budget Cuts Proposed for 2017-18 FL, State Budget Cuts Other

The Florida Department of Citrus’ 2017-18 budget proposed to reduce funding for scientific research. The reductions are reportedly necessary due to lower than expected revenues.

2017-02-23 New Teaching Materials Law Proposed in Florida FL, State Interference with Education Climate, Other

A bill was introduced in the Florida legislature that would, if enacted, allow residents to challenge teaching materials discussing evolution, climate change, and other topics they consider inappropriate.

2017-01-19 Bill Encouraging Discussion of Creationism in Science Class Introduced in Florida FL, State Interference with Education Other

A bill was introduced in the Florida legislature that would, if enacted, allow the discussion of religious beliefs in schools. Critics allege that the bill is intended to undermine the teaching of evolution and encourage discussion of creationism in schools.