In The News: March 25, 2014

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Florida Public Employees


March 25, 2014


FRSFPE:  Florida Retirement System – There Was A Time, Not Too Far In The Past When….

“There was a time, not too far in the past, when the FRS pension fund was over 100% funded.  Because of this, a poor decision was made at that time to reduce employer contributions, rather than build up the fund for less heady days.”…..


Jeb_Bush_Common_Core_StandardsFPE: About Those Teachers in Jeb Bush’s TV Spots

StateImpact’s John O’Connor reported on the start of a new TV advertising campaign from one of Jeb Bush’s foundations to promote Common Core Standards:



WPTV: Florida legislators move closer to voting ‘Warning Shot Bill’ into law

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Florida is one step closer to legalizing warning shots in the Sunshine State.

The so called “Warning Shot Bill” already passed the House and could do the same in the Senate.


Jimmy_PetronisThe Current: Patronis outlines changes to permitting bill as it comes up in Senate this week

HB 703, the wide-ranging environmental permitting bill sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Patronis, will be amended in the Senate this week and will differ as the House bill moves forward in the coming weeks, Patronis told lobbyists on Monday.


Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post:  House panel OKs bill to increase restrictions on red-light cameras

Members of the House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved an amendment by Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, as they backed his measure (HB 7005). The bill now would allow new cameras at intersections but only if their use is justified through traffic engineering studies..


TBOTBO: Changes in work for state’s system of grading schools

TALLAHASSEE — Changes could be coming to how the state’s schools are graded after lawmakers approved changes Monday to Florida’s school accountability and teacher evaluation system.


TBOTBO:   Fla. lawmakers consider flood insurance changes

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Legislature is moving forward on a plan to entice private insurance companies to sell flood policies in the state that’s the most vulnerable to storm surge.


CCI_Inmate_ShootingWTSP: Two inmates shot at Florida prison

LAKE CITY, Florida (WTLV) — The search is on for a gunman after two inmates were shot Saturday at the Columbia Correctional Institution, putting the prison on lockdown, authorities said.

Read  Rick Scott launches new ad ripping into Charlie Crist

TALLAHASSEE — The re-election campaign of FloridaGov. Rick Scott is launching yet another television ad, but this one takes direct aim at former Gov. Charlie Crist.


FPE: March 25, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate And House Of Representatives

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