In The News: March 20, 2014

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March 20, 2014

Senate_florida_public_employeesFlorida Senate: SENATE BUDGET PRIORITIZES K-12 EDUCATION FUNDING, TAX RELIEF, RESERVES

Tallahassee — The Florida Senate today released a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014-15, prioritizing investments in K-12 education, student access to higher education, performance funding in Florida’s State University System, and economic development to enhance Florida’s transportation infrastructure, tourism industry and environment. The Senate budget funds $586 million for the 2014-15 unfunded actuarial liability of the Florida Retirement System, sets aside $500 million for recurring tax relief and $3.2 billion in total state reserves.

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Stand Your Ground, Pop-Tart gun measures clear Florida House

TALLAHASSEE — A pair of high-profile, NRA-supported gun bills won the support of the Florida House on Thursday.

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bradenton_florida_public_employeesBradenton.com: Florida Senate subcommittee considering $9 million for new FDOT center

MANATEE — Almost $9 million for a new Florida Department of Transportation operations center in Manatee County is listed in budget proposals this week in the Florida Senate.

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Senator withdraws voucher bill from consideration

The Senate sponsor of the controversial school voucher bill withdrew his proposal Thursday, significantly weakening its chances of becoming law this year.

Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, said he pulled the bill because there wasn’t enough time to develop accountability provisions that everybody could agree on.

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bradenton_florida_public_employeesBradenton.com: Florida House passes warning shot legislation

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Legislation allowing people to fire a warning shot instead of retreating from the threat of death or bodily harm was overwhelmingly approved Thursday in the Republican-controlled Florida House, and the state Senate tentatively approved a similar bill.

Jacksoville_florida_public_employeesFCN:  City of Jax website, most transparent in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayor Alvin Brown says he’s beefing up the city’s website to put more information about city government at the fingertips of citizens.

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HB753_florida_public_employeesWUFT:  New Bill May Allow School Employees to Carry Guns on Campus

A House education panel passed House Bill 753, an updated version of a failed armed-teachers bill, on March 12. The bill is currently being considered by the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, and if approved will advance to the Judiciary Committee prior to being introduced before the entire House and Senate.

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Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel:   In wake of grand jury, Senate adds ethics rules to Central Florida expressway bill

TALLAHASSEE — A plan to merge Central Florida’s road-building agencies into one major tolling authority was amended Thursday by the state Senate to address the past pay-to-play culture tainting Orlando’s expressway authority.

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News-Press_florida_Public_EmployeesNew_Press.com: Lawsuit: VR Labs deal was corrupt

Former Lee County employee Lisa Wagner has launched a barrage of dramatic new allegations that county officials engaged in fraud, forgery and cronyism to push through a $5 million jobs stimulus grant for health drink company VR Laboratories.

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News-Press_florida_Public_EmployeesNews-Press.com:  Editorial: Newspaper exposes flaws of teacher evaluations

Thanks to a legal challenge by the Jacksonville newspaper Florida Times-Union, Floridians now have yet another glimpse at just how dysfunctional and absurd school accountability standards are in this state.

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Property_Insurance_Florida_Public_EmployeesThe Florida Current:  Senate bill would relax FRS “Double Dipping” law
The Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability will discuss a bill on Thursday that would loosen some restrictions on the Florida Retirement System“Double Dipping” law passed five years ago.

Filed on Monday, SB 7108 would allow anyone who retired before 2010 and had enrolled in the FRS defined contribution plan to reenroll, again.

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Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel: Rubio chides Obama, offers Republican vision

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio didn’t mince words Wednesday, telling a packed house: “We do have some challenges in America. It starts with we have a bad president.”

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Current_florida_public_employeesThe Florida Current:

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson told Florida legislators Wednesday he is secretly working with health officials in Washington to find a way to get around the Legislature’s refusal to accept some $51 billion in federal funding for expanding the state Medicaid program.

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FPE: March 20, 2014 – Legislative Calendar Florida Senate And House of Representatives

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