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Tallahassee Democrat: Our opinion: Here’s our wish list for the legislative session
The start of a legislative session is always a happy time in Tallahassee, and we’re glad to welcome a couple thousand lawmakers, staff aides, lobbyists and other visitors for the largely ceremonial start of the 60-day meeting.
Tampa Bay Times: Previewing the legislative session: Health care
Last year, Florida’s annual legislative session fell apart when House and Senate Republicans disagreed over Medicaid expansion and health care funding. Now, as the Legislature returns to Tallahassee for its regular session, expect health care to remain a big point of contention.
Trib Live: Supreme Court majority seems poised to hit public employee unions
WASHINGTON — A majority of the Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to agree with a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to be forced to pay dues to the state’s teachers union.
Chicago Sun Times: Chicago cops lose bid to toss lawsuit over secret cell-phone tracking
A Cook County judge on Monday denied the Chicago Police Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking records that could show whether the police have used secret cellular tracking systems to spy on political protesters as well as criminals.
Sun Sentinel: Fort Lauderdale bridge contract scrutinized
Fort Lauderdale investigation found evidence a city official steered a bridge engineering contract to a former business partner’s company, which then billed the city for drawings it submitted that were mostly the work of city staff from a previous project.
Bay News 9: Florida’s legislative session begins: 31 bills we’re watching
TALLAHASSEE — Floridians, prepare yourselves, the lawmakers are back in town.
Florida Today: Debra Pace to interview for superintendent job this week
One of Brevard Public Schools’ top leaders will interview for the superintendent job in Osceola County this week.
LENNY CURRY PENSION PLAN: “WE’RE SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR ANOTHER CRISIS”
The Jacksonville City Council meets Tuesday, and the entire 19-member body has sponsored a new bill that would repurpose the Better Jacksonville Plan with a half-cent sales tax to pay down the city’s massive unfunded pension liability.
American City and County: Florida city overcomes access management and password problems
St. Petersburg’s (Fla.) 3,200 employees faced productivity issues as they were often locked out of the many applications needed to access information required to do their jobs. It put Florida’s fifth largest city in a tough spot, as access issues persisted across a number of departments, including police and fire, public safety, utility, code enforcement, recreation and engineering, among others.
TBO: It’s back to work for GOP-controlled Florida Legislature
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When he stands before the Florida Legislature for the sixth time on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott will repeat the same message he has given every year since he took office: It’s all about jobs.
POLITICO: Off-radar issues could have big session impact
….there are other less high-profile policy areas that could also have a big impact on the 2016 legislative session…
The Ledger: Scott going all-out for tax cuts
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is aggressively using all the political and rhetorical weapons available to his office to make the case that lawmakers should back a $1 billion tax-cutting plan by the time they end their annual session in early March.
TBO: Coalition suspends solar ballot drive, utilities’ effort still on
TALLAHASSEE — With less than a month to go to collect enough signatures to get on the November 2016 ballot, a group pushing for a constitutional amendment to expand rooftop solar options for home and business owners has suspended its campaign and set its sights on the Legislative session and the future.
Florida Times Union: Rival LGBT rights bills each start with co-sponsor support from two City Council members
As the Jacksonville City Council prepares to enter the fray over the city’s anti-discrimination law, two City Council members are on record supporting legislation that would fully cover LGBT people.
TBO: Tampa moves to join cities decriminalizing pot possession
TAMPA — Close to 1,900 arrests made by Tampa police last year included charges of possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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