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Florida Government

MyFlorida.Com
A single-portal web site for Florida government, featuring news from Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Florida Legislature
Billed as "Online Sunshine," this very comprehensive site offers information on everything from bills and committees to lobbyist information.

Florida Attorney General
Consumer information, Florida's Lemon Law, legal opinions, victim services, and more are highlighted here.

FLAIR - Florida Accounting Information Resource System
The FLAIR/DIS Helpdesk is the central point to report requests for assistance dealing with ALL types of Division of Information Systems services regarding state accounting resources. The DIS Helpdesk was formerly known as the SAMAS Helpdesk.

Florida Department of State
The Secretary of State's Office offers information and a variety of services including on-line voter registration and access to the State Library catalog. It also handles registration of corporations.

Enterprise Florida
The Florida Department of Commerce was abolished by Legislative mandate and a public-private partnership, Enterprise Florida, Inc., was created to lead the economic development efforts for the State of Florida. This new website offers information the state's economy and business opportunities.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
This site offers a broad range of consumer information and search functions, including features that let consumers check up on professional licenses, alcohol and tobacco delinquencies, and restaurant inspection reports.

Florida Department of Transportation
Offers maps and information on state highway construction programs, safety initiatives, trucking regulations, and more.

The Florida Lottery
Check up on not only the winning numbers, but special programs, news releases, and distribution of funds to education.

Florida Department of Revenue
The department offers information on state taxes, a Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, and child support regulations, including a list of arrest orders for delinquent parents.

Department of Management Services
On-line access to information including state employee collective bargaining agreement, vendor information, state insurance benefits, and much more.

State of Florida: Department of Elder Affairs
The Department of Elder Affairs is charged with maximizing the opportunity for self-sufficiency and personal independence of Florida's elders. Their site offers information on everything from elderly rights and issues to retirement in Florida.

Florida Department of Community Affairs
Emergency management, community development, housing information, and more.

Florida Department of Financial Services
This site offers a "Consumer Menu" and an "Industry Menu" for all your insurance-related questions. Consumer alerts and more are available and updates are frequent.

Florida Department of Corrections
The issue of prisons is increasingly in the spotlight. This site offers information on offender programs, facilities, and statistics on corrections in Florida.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Driver license info, tag and title, boating licenses, emissions regulations, safety facts, and more can be found here.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Offers fishing, hunting, and licensing information, as well as publications and conservation information.

Florida Public Service Commission
The state's utilities regulator offers information on hearings and agendas, reports, among other information.

Florida Corrections Commission
This home page provides an extensive array of information concerning criminal justice in Florida, with an emphasis on corrections. You will find reports, meeting agendas, links to other criminal justice sites, and much more.

Economic Research, Florida Department of Citrus
Everything you ever wanted to know about the citrus industry that made the Sunshine State famous, from scientific reports to recipes for citrus concoctions.

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
"The freshest site on the web" features market information, press releases, and even a cookbook with recipes using Florida ingredients.

Florida's Forest Protection Bureau
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is charged with protecting our state forests. Their site offers information on fire prevention, statistics, weather information and more.

Job Vacancy Locator
A very slick job-locating tool. Searches can be conducted using location, salary range, type of work desired, or any combination. Enter your preferences and see all the state jobs available that match your specifications.

Florida Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Florida Council on Economic Education

Governor's Mentoring Initiative
The Governor's Mentoring Initiative is an effort to recruit 200,000 Floridians to become mentors. Building off the wonderful volunteer efforts begun by General Colin Powell with America's Promise and in coordination with state agencies, businesses, nonprofit associations, and Florida schools, this initiative is designed to help students excel in school.


Federal Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Securities Exchange Commission
The SEC is the federal regulator of securities laws and works to protect investors, and ensure fair securities markets disclosure of all material information concerning publicly traded securities. Information at their site includes enforcement actions.

North American Securities Administrators Association
The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is is an international and voluntary organization devoted to investor protection whose membership consists of state, provincial, and territorial securities administrators in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.

Federal Trade Commission
Useful information on consumer issues from telemarketing to on-line privacy, as well as speeches, news releases, and more.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was created by Congress in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The agency protects market participants against manipulation, abusive trade practices and fraud.

Department of the Treasury
The treasury formulates and recommends economic, fiscal and tax policies; serves as financial agent of the United States Government; enforces the law; protects the President and other officials; and manufactures coins and currency. Find out what's new at by visiting this site.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Banking industry news, FDIC publications, statistics about banks and banking, regulations, and much more are available at this site.

Comptroller of the Currency
The OCC no longer controls the issue of U.S. currency. Rather it is the oldest federal financial regulatory body and oversees the nation's federally chartered banks. For information on federally chartered financial institutions, visit their site.

National Credit Union Administration
The NCUA is an independent federal agency that supervises and insures 7,329 federal credit unions and insures 4,358 state-chartered credit unions. It is entirely funded by credit unions and receives no tax dollars. Their site is a useful source for information about the credit union industry and issues.


Legal

Florida Statutes
Complete Florida Statutes from 1993-present. Includes a search engine.

Judicial Online Superhighway User Access System
An excellent starting point for information on the court system and conducting legal research.


Law Enforcement

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The FDLE provides criminal justice support services to every local sheriff and police agency in the state. Their site offers information on missing children, a list of registered sexual predators, Florida's most wanted, and more.

Drug Enforcement Administration
Fugitive lists, publications, congressional testimony, and more.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI website offers a broad selection of information regarding the Bureau's investigations, programs, law enforcement services, accomplishments, and history, including the famous 10 Most Wanted list.

U.S. Marshal Service
The nation's oldest law enforcement agency offers on-line information on everything from employment opportunities to wanted fugitives and how the public can participate in auctions of seized criminal assets.

Florida Highway Patrol
Created in 1939 as the Department of Public Safety with 60 uniformed officers, the FHP currently has over 2,000 employees and is the largest division of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Their ite offers statistics, safety tips, news, and information on equipment and employment opportunities.


Consumer Protection

U.S. Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service offers a variety of information at its site, including tips on how to avoid mail fraud.

National Fraud Information Center
The NFIC helps consumers report fraud and offers helpful advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. Incident reports are entered in the NFIC database and referred electronically to the National Electronic Fraud Database administered by the Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Attorneys General. This is an excellent source of information on how to avoid being a victim of scams.

Nigeria - The 419 Coalition Website
Information on worldwide scam has run since the early 1980s under Successive Governments of Nigeria. It is also referred to as "Advance Fee Fraud", "419 Fraud" (Four-One-Nine) after the relevant section of the Criminal Code of Nigeria, and "The Nigerian Connection" (mostly in Europe). However, it is usually called plain old "419" even by the Nigerians themselves.

Florida Citizen Safety Center
This site is a joint effort between Florida's Attorney General and the FDLE. It offers the latest on crime and fraud in the state, as well as links to law enforcement agencies and other resources.

Scambusters
Developed after "three painful experiences in the same week," the creators of this site keep users informed of on-line scams being perpetrated on the net, including pyramid schemes and investment "opportunities."


Other Regulators

Canadian Securities Administration
Information and investor education for Canadian securities regulation. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is a forum for the 13 securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories to coordinate and harmonize regulation of the Canadian capital markets.

Idaho Department of Finance

North Carolina Secretary of State

Ohio Division of Securities

Oklahoma Securities Commission

Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities

Pennsylvania Securities Commission

West Virginia State Auditor's Office