Daily News Recap – June 23, 2014

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Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel:  Florida’s newest shoot ’em up gun law

At the behest of the National Rifle Association, Florida lawmakers continue to broaden the latitude given shooters under the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Instead of getting rid of that law, or clarifying it, or watering it down, state lawmakers continue to give it more ammunition.


bradenton_florida_public_employeesBradenton.com: 5 Things to Know in Florida for June 24 

Florida’s largest property insurer may be dropping its rates next year. Citizens Property Insurance is considering rate proposals for 2015 that would lower rates by about 3.2 percent for most homeowners. The state-created insurer says the proposal would apply to nearly 70 percent


Florida_Public_Employees_CBS_12CBS 12: Florida pays nearly $250,000 to settle firing case

Florida is paying nearly $250,000 to settle a lawsuit with a former state employee who said she was fired for raising questions about the way the state treated people who received unemployment compensation payments.


Florida_Public_EmployeeesTallahassee Democrat: Cotterell: Is DROP meant for the employee or employer? Yes

The Deferred Retirement Option Program is probably the best thing Florida legislators have done for career public employees in the past 20 years — and maybe the most misunderstood thing, too.


Fox News:  Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others

The law allows certain parents access to Personalized Learning Scholarship Accounts, modeled on Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. Parents receive an allotted sum in their education savings account,


Florida_Public_Employees_Child_Wellfare_LawGainesville.com:  Florida governor signs bill to overhaul child welfare

The new law calls for a fundamental shift in the way the Department of Children and Families investigates and responds to cases. It clearly states that protecting a child from abuse is paramount and more important than keeping a family together. In the past, DCF has placed a premium on putting fewer children in foster care and, instead, offering family services while the child remains at home.



Local And County


TBOTBO:  Tampa chamber town hall focuses on transportation

With so much going on locally in the transportation realm, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a panel for young professionals to discuss a proposed high-speed ferry, toll lanes on the expressways and the possible restructuring of the regional transit board.


Florida_public_employees_Veterans_affairsNaples News:  Veterans Affairs officials tour two possible sites for Collier nursing home

State Veterans Affairs officials got a look Monday at two potential sites in eastern Collier County where a 120-bed nursing home for veterans could be built in the future.





Florida_public_Employees_Huffington_PostHuffington Post: Why We Need Paid Sick Leave Now

Have you ever had to choose between going to work sick and paying for groceries?Lisa, a food service worker from Kissimmee, Florida, has. When she developed a bad gum infection, she came down with a fever, terrible pain, and inflammation so bad that her right eye was swollen shut.


Florida_public_employees-Chris_ChristieNJ.com: Pensions: Chris Christie holds the cards and should play them (Mulshine)

As a professional journalist, I would like nothing more than to see this year’s effort to pass a state budget turn into a knock-down, drag-out fight.


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