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April 30, 2104
Bradenton.com: Dead bill walking: Florida House speaker’s pension reform could die Wednesday
Miami Herald: Q-Poll: Charlie Crist beating Rick Scott 48–38 percent
Charlie Crist leads Gov. Rick Scott by 10 percentage points in a new poll of Florida voters that also indicates a majority of voters view the former governor’s party-switching in a favorable light.
Florida Current: Senate voucher bill up for discussion; amendment would require FCAT
The Senate version of a plan that would expand the tax credit scholarship program will be discussed Wednesday and senators will take up amendments that would introduce more testing requirements.
Tampa Bay Times: House prepared to reject agency attempts to revise child welfare bill, sponsor says
TALLAHASSEE — A bill to reform the state’s child welfare laws to protect children from abuse and neglect will come up for debate in the House Wednesday, but an amendment drafted by Department and Children and Families and endorsed by the local children’s services agencies may be dead for the session.
TBO: Fla. House rejects plan to shift Citizens policies
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House has rejected a proposal that could shift homeowners away from Citizens Property Insurance and into unregulated out-of-state insurers.
Bradenton.com: Bill boosts penalty for crimes that cross counties
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — A person crossing county lines to commit a burglary would be subject to enhanced charges under a bill passed by the Senate Tuesday.
Brdenton.com: Senate passes bill creating craft beer regulation
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — The Florida Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would create regulations for the state’s booming craft brewing industry despite arguments that it would stifle job growth.
Bradenton.com: IMG wins, Benderson Park loses state funding
MANATEE — The state Legislature has good news and bad news for two of the Manatee-Sarasota region’s major players in sports tourism.
Bradenton.com: 5 things to watch Wednesday at the Florida Legislature
TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislative leaders hit the send budget on the 2014-15 state budget on Tuesday, giving lawmakers three days left in the session to review the $77.1 billion in spending plan before they take a vote on it late Friday.
Tampa Bay Times: Florida Senate approves disclosure bill for subsurface rights
TALLAHASSEE — Builders and sellers must alert buyers if they plan to keep the mineral rights beneath Florida homes, under legislation passed by state lawmakers and now awaiting the governor’s approval.
CS/CS/SB 1114: Retirement – Retirement ; Revising the definition of “vested” or “vesting” to provide that a member initially enrolled in the Florida Retirement System after a certain date is vested in the pension plan after completing 10 years
Heavy rains in North Florida cause Rick Scott to declare State of Emergency in 26 Counties, initiating emergency operations.
Florida Today: Florida bill would allow some guns on school grounds
TALLAHASSEE – In a debate that showed sharp divisions about how best to protect children and teachers, the Florida House on Monday approved a bill that could lead to some public-school employees or volunteers carrying guns on campus.
Tallahassee.com: $75B state budget ready for late Friday approval
Florida legislators moved their $75-billion state budget package into position for adjournment of their election-year session Tuesday and revived a politically sensitive plan for letting undocumented immigrants get in-state tuition in state colleges.
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