Daily News Recap – April 7, 2014

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April 7, 2014


Senate_florida_public_employeesFlorida Senate: Press Release – SENATOR DON GAETZ REPORTS: APRIL 7, 2014

As I report to you this week, we have crossed the halfway point of our 2014 Legislative Session and three of our five Work Plan Florida joint agenda items have been signed into law by Governor Scott. Just below, there is a brief video summarizing the week, additional information on each bill signing, and a link to more information on each of these important bipartisan and bicameral initiatives.


TC_Palm_NewsTC Palm: Stuart officials vote to pursue new fire district with Martin County

At a special meeting Monday afternoon, the Stuart City Commission voted unanimously to further examine joining forces with Martin County to form an independent district, one of five proposed city-county fire arrangements.


Sunshine_State_NewsSunshine State News: In Florida, Courts Often Have Final Say in Legislative Process

In recent years new laws enacted in Florida are being challenged in court and are ending up costing taxpayers a bundle in legal fees.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

Today marks the start of the sixth week of the nine-week Florida legislative session. Here are five things to watch:


Don_GaetzBradenton.com:  Senate President Gaetz bill could improve son’s business

Gaetz’s priorities include Senate Bill 1648, which could improve business for attorneys specializing in public records law suits, a group that includes a person close to Gaetz.

wjctwjct News: Halfway Through Session, Where Do Florida Lawmakers Stand On Education Issues?

Florida lawmakers have approved a handful of major bills since session began, but what changes, if any, could they make to the state’s education system before session is over?


Broward_County_CommissionBiz Journal: Health plan seeks $1.3M in public incentives to add 265 jobs

The Broward County Commission will consider the proposed incentive package for “Project Cardinal” at its Tuesday meeting. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, which helped arrange the incentive deal, declined to reveal the identity of the company.


Palm_Beach_Daily_NewsPam Beach Daily: Fired firefighter files court papers for town emails

Fired firefighter Jason Weeks filed court papers last week, alleging the town has not responded to his public records request for specific emails. –


Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post:  Calm session, recovering economy could help Gov. Scott in election

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature just passed its midpoint, but Gov. Rick Scott is already assured of landing the $500 million-plus package of tax and fee cuts he wants to showcase in his uphill reelection campaign.


Jeb_Bush_Run_PresidentNY Times: Jeb Bush Talks Approach If He Runs for President

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.


FPE:  April 7, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate And House Of Representatives


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