Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee
Week six of the Legislative session kicks off Monday and, while some bills are dying off quietly, a number are starting to pick up speed en route to a floor vote. Things are pretty quiet in the House, but the Senate is in full swing.
- The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will hear SB 634, which repeals law that bans overly loud music in cars. A Florida Supreme Court decision in December sided with two Pinellas County men who had challenged citations they had received for playing music too loudly. The court found the law unconstitutional.
- A bill to change the unpopular “nuclear cost recovery” law gets its first stop in the Senate committee on Communications, Energy & Public Utilities. SB 1472 would tighten the law, which critics say has allowed utilities companies to charge ratepayers for the construction of plants that might not be built.
- In the Senate Judiciary Committee, a ban on texting while driving (SB 52) sees its last committee stop before reaching the Senate floor.
- The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee hears a fetus-protection bill in SB 876, which states that anyone who commits a crime killing or injuring an unborn child can be prosecuted for the act specifically based on the offense to the child. On a related note, pro-life groups and Planned Parenthood, which opposes SB 876, will hold a summit in Tallahassee on Monday.
- The Commerce and Tourism Committee in the Senate has a sports-focused agenda, hearing a bill that makes it easier for people to resell their events tickets (SB 394) and a bill that would provide tax breaks for the renovation of the Daytona International Speedway (SB 1394).