In The News Today – December 4, 2015

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Tampa Bay Times: Next Florida Senate President Joe Negron promises improved universities

TALLAHASSEE — Ending nearly four years of political trench warfare, Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart was crowned Wednesday as next president of the state Senate and immediately promised to upgrade Florida’s universities.


NWF News:  Investigators search for motive in California mass shooting

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — One moment, Syed Rizwan Farook was sitting at a table with colleagues at a holiday gathering for county health employees. Then suddenly he disappeared, leaving his coat on his chair.


Moody’s: Moody’s assigns A1 to Jacksonville, FL’s $184.385M Transport. Ref. Rev. Bonds, Series 2015

The A1 rating reflects the City of Jacksonville’s (Aa2 stable) position as a major economic center of the southeast, historically sound sales and gas tax revenue collections which are conservatively projected to provide adequate debt service coverage, and strong legal provisions, including fully funded debt service reserve and tax stabilization funds. The rating also incorporates the relatively limited nature of the half cent sales tax and gross gas tax.


WPEC: Florida: Uber drivers not entitled to jobless benefits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s job agency has ruled that drivers for Uber and other app companies connecting passengers with rides are not entitled employed benefits due to laid off workers.


WTSP:  Hillsborough County attorney advises officials on deleting records

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida – County Attorney Chip Fletcher has told Hillsborough County commissioners they don’t need to retain many of their work-related emails and text messages, even though he acknowledges many of the communications may be considered public records under the state’s Sunshine Laws.


WTSP:  Florida is getting closer to driverless cars

Self-driving cars, boats, and even drones have been on display this week in Jacksonville as part of the Florida Automated Vehicles Summit, a conference that’s designed to help Florida take the lead in driverless cars.


Miami Herald: Florida Senate considers computer coding as a foreign language for high school students

TALLAHASSEE  A controversial plan from a Broward County Democrat to require high schools to offer computer coding courses and let students count them toward foreign language requirements was heralded Thursday as “novel,” “innovative” and “forward-thinking.”


Gainesville Star: ‘Stand your ground’ bill heads to Senate floor

TALLAHASSEE — After stalling in the House, a proposal that would shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law is poised to go to the full Senate.


Sunshine State News: Rick Scott Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of San Bernardino Shootings 

On Thursday afternoon, responding to the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags across Florida to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday. – See more at:


WTSP: New Florida bill could make recess a right

TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) – A new bill filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate could make recess a right for all students K-5 across the state of Florida.


Tampa Bay Times:  Despite objections of environmentalists, pro-fracking bill advances in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE — A three-year effort to make it easier for oil and gas companies to bring controversial drilling technologies known as fracking to the state is making headway in the Florida House, despite opposition from environmentalists and local governments.


WCTV: Lawmakers Discuss Florida Gun Bills in Wake of Mass Shootings

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Many are still trying to make sense of the attacks in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday that killed 14. At least some lawmakers say the high profile mass shooting incidents are on their minds when they consider gun legislation here in the state.


Daytona News Journal: Bill proposes FDLE investigations for fatal officer-involved shootings

Law enforcement agencies would no longer be able to investigate their own when an officer kills someone if a bill passes requiring the state to investigate such fatal confrontations.


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