Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Today in Tallahassee: Education and unemployment top the agenda

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott likes to say the two most important things for families are education and work. Both of those issues will top the day in the state Capitol.

The House Education Committee has scheduled a seven-hour hearing on a controversial bill (HB 7019) that would end teacher tenure and create a performance-pay system. It is the final committee hearing for the proposal before it can be debated on the House floor. The Senate version (SB 736) is scheduled for a final vote today.

The state this morning will update Florida's unemployment rate, which currently is 12 percent. In the afternoon, the Republican-led House is expected to pass an unemployment tax cut along party lines. The bill, which would mean fewer benefits for out-of-work Floridians, would be the first substantial legislation approved by the chamber this session.

Also Thursday:

Prisons: Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Rep. Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs, will hold a press conference to promote their bills to eliminate mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses and non-violent crimes. The proposal (SB 1334, HB 917) has been derided in years past as soft-on-crime, but this year is a possible budget-saver. Scott's top prison official, Ed Buss, supports the idea of giving judges flexibility to decide sentences.

Marijuana: Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, holds a press conference to promote a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 1407) to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

Tax cap: A constitutional amendment (SJR 958) that would cap state tax collections based on inflation and population growth is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Budget Committee.

Today in Tallahassee: Education and unemployment top the agenda 03/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 8:02am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

    State Roundup

    WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

    State Senator Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton (left) and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran ranked on opposite sides of the spectrum in an analysis of support for open records. Galvano scored a B-minus and Corcoran scored a D-plus.
[Times file photo]
  2. Yale dean on leave over offensive Yelp reviews leaves post

    Bizarre News

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Yale University dean who was placed on leave over offensive reviews she posted on Yelp has left her position at the Ivy League institution, school officials said Tuesday.

  3. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park


    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  4. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane


    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.