Daily News Recap: April 2, 2014

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Florida Public Employees



April 2, 2014


Senate_florida_public_employeesFlorida 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.


Janet_Long_Pinellas_County_Florida_public_EmployeesTampa 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.


Oil_Drilling_Panther_Habitat_Florida_Public_EmployeesNaplesNews.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.


HB_753_School_Safety_Florida_public_EmployeesPalm 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_SentinelSun 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_Florida_Public_EmployeesNew 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.


Current_florida_public_employeesFlorida 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_florida_public_employeesMiami 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_SentinelSun 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.


Current_florida_public_employeesFlorida 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.


TBOTBO: 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.


FPE: April 2, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate And House Of Representatives

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