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 HOUSE BACKS RED-LIGHT CAMERA REPEAL
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at turning off red-light cameras across the state. But the proposal (HB 4027) appears almost certain to die in the Senate, where an identical measure (SB 168) passed only one committee. The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, would repeal a 2010 law that authorized local governments to use red-light cameras to catch traffic violators. But Artiles and other critics contend the devices have not improved safety and have been used as a source of revenue for local governments. Artiles said the cameras "continue to fleece our citizens." But opponents of the bill said, in part, that local officials should be able to decide whether to use the cameras. "If it saves one life, it's worth it,' Rep. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, said. House members voted 83-33 to approve the bill. Read more >>>

 THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 4, 2016.......... Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes' latest proposal to drive red-light cameras out of Florida squeezed through its first committee Thursday.
 

 

 

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 A House committee Thursday approved a bill that would bar local governments from using red-light cameras to cite motorists who don't properly stop at intersections Read more >>>

STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (MORNING EDITION): THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 20, 2015.......... A private passenger-rail venture got the endorsement of one of the state's most-powerful business lobbying groups Monday in seeking $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 20, 2015…… Ending a four-year legal battle that cost taxpayers at least $675,000, Gov. Rick Scott and lawyers representing a state workers' union have agreed on the types of Florida government employees who can be forced to undergo suspicionless drug tests. Read more >>>

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ©2015 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. Read more >>>

Legislature: GROWTH MANAGEMENT DEBATED: The House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 933), filed by Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, that would make numerous changes in the state's growth-management system. (8:45 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.) Read more >>>

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ©2015 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 1, 2015.......... As Florida lawmakers prepared last month to start the 60-day legislative session, 10 big issues popped out as priorities. Typically, big issues get resolved in the final weeks, days and hours of legislative sessions. But as the session hit its halfway point Wednesday, here is an update about where those 10 issues stand: Read more >>>

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ©2015 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 1, 2015?? Negotiations have stalled between state and federal officials over a program that funnels money to hospitals and health providers for uninsured patients, putting more pressure on lawmakers already divided about how to deal with the issue. Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek late Wednesday said talks between her agency and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the Low Income Pool, or LIP, are on hold for at least two weeks. Read more >>>

'BAD FAITH' CHANGES BOTTLED UP IN SENATE A plan backed by major business groups to change Florida's "bad faith" insurance laws stalled in a Senate committee Tuesday, raising doubts about whether it can pass during this year's legislative session. Senate Banking and Insurance Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, tabled the proposal (SB 1088) after hearing testimony from people on both sides of the issue and after some senators asked pointed questions. In bad-faith cases, insurers are typically accused of not properly settling claims, which can affect their policyholders or other parties. The bill, at least in part, would provide a 45-day window for insurers to make payment offers and not be considered potentially liable for bad faith. "This bill sets out a clear and straightforward process,' bill sponsor Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, said. "That's all it does." But Dale Swope, a Tampa attorney who specializes in bad-faith cases, said major cases often can't be settled in 45 days. "This bill only protects one business in Florida, and that's the insurance company,' Swope said. Benacquisto tabled --- or, as the procedure is known, "temporarily postponed" --- the bill before the committee could debate it or vote. But the measure drew questions from Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, and Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs. The bill has the backing of groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida and the National Federation of Independent Business, while facing opposition from the Florida Justice Association, which represents plaintiffs' attorneys. Read more >>>

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ©2015 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 30, 2015..........Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has tried to kick-start negotiations with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to try to reach agreement in the long-running battle over a river system the three states share. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 30, 2015.......... Spirits aren't high on the future of powdered alcohol being mixed in Florida. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Monday unanimously supported a measure (SB 998) that would prohibit the sale and possession of powdered alcohol throughout the state. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, MARCH 27, 2015?..The House and Senate are expected during the coming week to approve their proposed budgets for the fiscal year that starts July 1. But with the two chambers more than $4 billion apart, the real action likely will come in late April as they try to negotiate a final spending plan. Also during the coming week, legislative committees are expected to debate hot-button issues such as school choice and abortion. Read more >>>

CONVENED: The House convened at 10 a.m., Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, presiding. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 27, 2015.......... Florida marched one step closer Friday to requiring American and state flags flying at government buildings to be sewn in the United States with home-grown materials. Read more >>>

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 3, 2014..........A committee looking for a new president for Florida State University will now cast a net that extends beyond powerful state Sen. John Thrasher, the head of the panel announced late Tuesday. Read more >>>

REDISTRICTING BATTLE CONTINUES: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is expected to resume hearing testimony in a case about whether the Legislature followed constitutional requirements when drawing new congressional districts in 2012. (8:30 a.m., Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.) Read more >>>

ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. Contact news@newsserviceflorida.com REDISTRICTING BATTLE TO RESUME: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is expected to resume hearing testimony in a case about whether the Legislature followed constitutional requirements when drawing new congressional districts in 2012. (9 a.m., Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.) Read more >>>

ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Read more >>>

ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA PENSION REVAMP CONSIDERED: The House State Affairs Committee will take up a proposal (PCB SAC 14-02) that would make changes in the state pension system. Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has made a priority of overhauling the system, though lawmakers likely will not go as far as he wanted. (9:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.) Read more >>>

JUSTICES FOCUS ON RED-LIGHT CAMERA CASES By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Read more >>>

LAWMAKERS REFILE LOCAL PENSION BILL... Read more >>>

AMAZON'S CENTERS WILL ADD SALES TAXES TO FLORIDA PURCHASES By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. Contact news@newsserviceflorida.com Read more >>>

STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (LUNCH EDITION): TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013 THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

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