Daily News Recap: April 1, 2014

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Florida Public Employees


April 1, 2014


Senate_florida_public_employeesFlorida Senate: Press Release – INCREASED PROTECTIONS AGAINST SEX OFFENDERS SIGNED INTO LAW

Tallahassee — Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bills 522, 524, 526 and 528, which substantially strengthen protections against sex offenders. Protecting Florida’s most vulnerable from sexual offenders is a joint priority during the 2014 Legislative Session for Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), who both attended the bill signing ceremony.


Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald: Gov. Rick Scott has “concerns” with PECO plan

It’s become one of the perennial fights in the Florida Legislature.

In one corner: cash-strapped school systems with aging facilities and billions of dollars tied up in debt service.



Sayfie Review:   Can “Dreamers” bill help Scott in November?

In a brutal GOP primary four years ago, now-Gov. Rick Scott blistered opponent Bill McCollum in a television ad highlighting McCollum’s opposition to an Arizona-style immigration law.


End_Of_Watch_Florida_Public_EmployeesLAW OFFICER:  End of Watch: March 2014

Twelve officers died during March, a dramatic jump after last month’s low of four LODDs. Of the officers lost last month, eight died as the result of gunfire. This is notable because there were only two gunfire deaths in January and one in February.


Retirement_System_Florida_Public_EmployeeesNews-Press.com: Editorial: Retirement system needs a few fair fixes

State lawmakers are wrestling with bills this session that could change the Florida Retirement System and possibly the system’s cash cow for employees: the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. As taxpayers, we continue to fund a program, in which state employees, especially those in public safety, can build up a sizable income after retirement.


Public-Records_Legislation_Florida_Public_EmployeesSt. Augustine Record:  Legislation could broaden public records law

Curtis Lee has spent thousands of dollars battling a city pension fund over public records. So he’s happy to see the Florida Legislature take up a bill to broaden the open records law and make it easier for people to get information from their governments.


Tallahassee.com_florida_Public_employeesTallahassee.com: ‘Municipal Pursuit’ gives peek at the city budget

The first of three community budget workshops for the city of Tallahassee takes place today at Faith Presbyterian Church on North Meridian Street. It’s the fourth year budget crunchers have offered workshops about the city’s nearly billion-dollar budget and the opportunity to offer opinions what’s important to residents.


FPE:  April 1, 2014, Legislative Calendar – Florida Senate And House of Representatives

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