Morning Daily News Recap: April 22, 2014

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April 22, 2104 5 things to watch Tuesday at the Florida Legislature

Expect a flurry of activity in the Capitol today as lawmakers make a final push to pass their bills.


FRS_SB_1114Florida Current: House panel merges two pension overhauls

A late-breaking plan to salvage House Speaker Will Weatherford‘s plan for overhauling the Florida Retirement System involves merging the troubled FRS bill with a non-controversial set of changes in regulation of local government pension plans for police and firefighters.


Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald: Will latest gambit save Weatherford’s pension reform?

On Easter Sunday, the House State Affairs Committee filed a bill that would combine HB 7173, which already passed the Appropriations Committee 16-10 and awaited a floor vote, and HB 7179, which hadn’t passed or been assigned a committee.


Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post: House GOP rejects Democrats’ efforts to limit charter-school expansion bill

TALLAHASSEE — House Republicans beat back efforts Monday by Democrats looking to scuttle a proposal that would further fuel the already explosive growth of charter schools in Florida.


Solar_Energy_RebateWLRN: Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books

An energy bill that is nearing passage in the Florida Legislature would strike an old solar rebate program from the books.


MicrobrewersTampa Bay Times:  Growler bill pits Florida microbreweries against big-money beer interests

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Republican lawmakers frequently talk about creating a business-friendly climate. But Monday, the Senate Rules Committee voted 9-4 for a bill that would heavily restrict a burgeoning industry in Florida: craft breweries.



Tampa Bay Times:  Florida surgeon general opposes medical marijuana bill, but supporters are optimistic

TALLAHASSEE — Efforts to legalize a specific strain of marijuana to help children with intractable epilepsy faced a new hurdle Monday as the governor’s chief medical adviser said he opposed the bill because it will allow…


Florida_Lawmakers_Child_Deaths Florida lawmakers lagging in pledge to prevent more child deaths

TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state’s frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

State_Employee_Random_Drug_Testing_DeniedWTSP: Supreme Court won’t hear FL employee drug testing rule

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his 2011 executive order that would have required random drug tests for as many as 85,000 state workers.


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