Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

In Tallahassee today: recycling, gambling and, of course, the budget

TALLAHASSEE — Legislators will get the damage estimates on the Florida economy this week, as economists complete their revenue projections for the 2009-10 budget year and budget writers set to work on cutting programs to fill the expected $3.2 billion budget gap.

While the budget committees will meet all week, several controversial bills will get a hearing:

• A Senate committee will take up a bill that overrides local sexual predator ordinances and another that bans the public display of a noose;

• The Florida teachers union mounts an offense against a bill expected to get its first hearing this week that would base teacher pay on student performance and a Senate committee begins work on a bill to increase graduation requirements;

• A recycling bill designed to get the state to reach its recycling goals by 2020 is expected to pit environmentalists against business groups over whether to restrict use of plastic bottles and shopping bags;

• And both House and Senate committees will hold workshops this week over the future of gambling, including a visit from Las Vegas casino owners who want to bring resort casinos to Florida.

Meanwhile, the governor and Cabinet will take up an issue on Tuesday on whether to tighten the restrictions for homeowners who hurricane-proof their homes. In response to complaints from insurers that people are getting mitigation credits for questionable improvements, the Office of Insurance Regulation wants the governor and Cabinet to require homeowners to include photos of their hurricane-proofing improvements.

Mary Ellen Klas can be reached at [email protected]

In Tallahassee today: recycling, gambling and, of course, the budget 03/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 8, 2010 4:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Police: Before a shot was fired after Spencer's UF speech, men gave Nazi salutes and chanted about Hitler

    Crime

    Gainesville police have arrested three men they say are responsible for the shooting after Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.

    Texas men Tyler Tenbrink, 28; William Henry Fears, 30; and Colton Gene Fears, 28 all face attempted homicide charges for a shooting following Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida. (Gainesville police)
  2. Florida's 'Turtle God' is ailing. What happens to his remarkable collection of specimens?

    Wildlife

    OVIEDO — In a small town about five miles from the University of Central Florida there stands a two-story yellow house built in the 1920s. A modest sign mounted on the wall next to the front door says, "Chelonian Research Institute."

    The main room at the Chelonian Institute in Oviedo Florida. - Peter Pritchard sounds British but he's lived in Florida for five decades, running the Chelonian Institute in Oviedo Florida, which holds the world's largest collection of turtle specimens (some of them bones or shells, some of them live turtles or tortoises). Time magazine has declared him a hero of the planet and other turtle experts say he is to turtles what Dian Fossey was to gorillas. He's been instrumental in helping other species, too, including the Florida panther. He has traveled the world studying turtles.
  3. Photos: Maroon 5's PJ Morton slides into Tampa for an electric set at Crowbar

    Blogs

    While the rest of Tampa was off partying with Bruno Mars at Amalie Arena, a much smaller group of fans were getting down with Maroon 5 at Crowbar.

    PJ Morton performed at Crowbar in Tampa on Oct. 19, 2017.
  4. Regulator blasts Wells Fargo for deceptive auto insurance program

    Banking

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.
[Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images, 2017]
  5. Top 5 at Noon: Police hunt killer 'terrorizing' Seminole Heights; Land swap could help bring Rays to Tampa

    Blogs

    Here are the top stories on Tampabay.com this afternoon.

    Aerial photo of Ybor City centered around Centro Ybor and 7th Avenue. Hoping to assemble the land for a ballpark near Ybor City and the Channel District, Hillsborough County officials could government property with landowners there.