Florida Public Employees
April 2, 2014
Florida Senate: Press Release – TAX RELIEF 2014: REDUCTION IN VEHICLE FEES SIGNED INTO LAW
Tallahassee — Joined by Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville), House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), and Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), Governor Scott today signed Senate Bill 156, Motor Vehicle License Taxes which will reduce certain annual vehicle registration fees for a total of nearly $400 million in tax relief.
Tampa Bay Times:
LEALMAN — A county commissioner has charged that firefighters here “should be ashamed of themselves” for using scare tactics to fight proposed cuts to Pinellas’ emergency medical services system.
NaplesNews.com: Oil company’s plan for explosions in prime panther habitat draws protest
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE — A South Florida environmentalist has asked for an administrative hearing to challenge the state Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of a permit for seismic exploration of 103,000 uninhabited acres in Collier and Hendry counties — some of which are on public land.
Palm Beach Post: School gun bill keeps moving through legislature
A bill that would allow teachers, janitors or anybody else a principal or superintendent wants carry concealed weapons on school campuses passed another state Legislative committee this morning coming closer to the votes by the full House and Senate required to make it law. – See more at: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/extracredit/2014/04/02/school-gun-bill-keeps-moving-through-legislature/#sthash.qXToaU3J.dpuf
Sun Sentinel: New South Florida FBI chief says preventing terrorism is No. 1 priority
Residents in Florida’s nine southeastern counties shouldn’t necessarily be concerned that an expert in weapons of mass destruction is leading the FBI’s Miami office.
New York Times: Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down some limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the already large role money plays in American politics.
Florida Current: Lawmakers working toward FRS deal
This year, as the Legislature enters the hectic second half of its 2014 session, House and Senate leaders are working on a deal that would go back to the future – reviving Simpson’s failed bill from last year.
Miami Herald: Emergency guns measure clears Florida Senate committee
TALLAHASSEE – A National Rifle Association-backed measure to allow people without concealed weapons licenses to pocket their guns during emergencies squeaked out of the Senate committee where it has been on hold for two weeks.
Sun Sentinel: Harsher penalties for teacher-student sex in the offing
State lawmakers are backing legislation that would enhance penalties for authority figures – teachers, coaches, counselors and others — who sexually victimize students.
Florida Current: At session’s midway point, Scott, Legislature look to avoid controversy
Wednesday marks Day 30 of the 60-day legislative session, and lawmakers aren’t pushing hard for bills that will upset important interest groups they need in the run up to the gubernatorial election in November.
TBO: Expressway bill limits Miami tolls but not Tampa’s
A House panel on Tuesday cleared a bill (HB 353) that adds new ethics-related provisions to the state’s expressway authorities, including Tampa-Hillsborough County’s.
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