Daily News Recap: March 26, 2014

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March 26, 2014

 

Senate_florida_public_employeesFlorida Senate: Press Release – SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FLORIDA-BASED FLOOD INSURANCE, IMPROVE ETHICS AND OPEN GOVERNMENT LAWS

Tallahassee — The Florida Senate today passed several pieces of priority legislation including: Senate Bill 542, by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), which aims to increase the availability of private-market flood insurance options; Senate Bill 846, by Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), which expands Florida’s ethics laws; and Senate Bill 1648, by Senator Ring (D-Margate), which updates Florida’s existing public records laws.

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Senate_florida_public_employeesFlorida Senate: Press Release – BILL AFFIRMING LOCAL CONTROL OF TEXTBOOKS PASSES SECOND SENATE COMMITTEE

Tallahassee — The Florida Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability, chaired by Senator Jeremy Ring (D-Margate), today approved Senate Bill 864, Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education, which affirms local control of the review and adoption of instruction materials.

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Florida House of Representatives: Daily Actions of the House

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Rescue_From_Fire_Houston_Fire_DepartmentMY SA: Worker describes escape from burning building

HOUSTON (AP) — Trapped on a balcony by smoke and flames, construction supervisor Curtis Reissig knew he had to take action to stay ahead of the blaze that was quickly consuming the Houston apartment complex he had helped build.

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Boston_Fire_2_Firemen_DeadNY Daily News: 2 firefighters dead, at least 16 people hospitalized as Boston Fire Department battles 9-alarm blaze

The inferno began in the basement of a four-story brownstone at 298 Beacon St. around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Boston Fire Department. It later spread up through all the floors and out through the roof.

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News_ZapNewsZap.com:  Okeechobee Sheriff, county try to bridge budget gap

OKEECHOBEE — Sheriff Paul May tried Tuesday to erect a bridge over troubled waters, of sort, but there still remains a $1.7 million gap in the middle between the his office and the county in regard to their budget dispute.

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CBS Miami: Jackson Employees Head To Tally To Fight For Medicaid Expansion

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Florida Legislature’s opposition to anything related to the Affordable Care Act is well documented, but a group of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers from South Florida will still try to change that attitude.

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TAx_Incentives_Film_IndustryTampa Bay Times:  Florida lawmakers play starring role in film industry tax incentive plan

Actors, producers and film crew members descended on Tallahassee on Wednesday to support the proposed expansion of the entertainment industry incentive program, which provides tax credits to film and television projects based in Florida.

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Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel:  Senators approve Central Florida expressway merger

Orlando would join Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties to create a regional authority to build road in Central Florida under SB 230, sponsored by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs.

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Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post: National Guard, Scott back bill allowing concealed weapons without permit during emergency

TALLAHASSEE — A measure backed by the National Rifle Association that would allow people to conceal a firearm without a license during an emergency now has the open support of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida National Guard but is still on hold in the Senate.

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TBOTBO: Fla. consumer confidence rising

The monthly University of Florida survey released Tuesday shows the state’s consumer confidence was 81 in the month of March. That’s on a scale of 2 to 150 benchmarked to 1966 at a value of 100.

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times:U.S. official: Key part of Florida unemployment system still doesn’t work

What he hasn’t mentioned is that a key feature of the $63 million CONNECT system — fast, automatic processing of claims — still doesn’t work, according to a recent letter from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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TBOTBO: Union files complaint against Pasco district over teacher planning time

LAND O’ LAKES — A dispute over the use of teacher planning time has prompted United School Employees of Pasco to file a complaint against the school district with the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission.

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FPE: March 26, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate And House of Representatives

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