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Today in Tallahassee: Abortion measures under consideration

TALLAHASSEE — Abortion will be front and center in the Legislature today.

Lawmakers will take on several bills on the subject, including one requiring a woman to get an ultrasound and be offered an explanation of it before receiving an abortion. That measure will go before the Senate Health Regulations Committee.

It's the first Senate hearing for Senate Bill 1744, which is sponsored by Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico. An identical bill is on the move in the House. The Legislature passed the measure last year, but then-Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed it.

The committee also will consider a bill that tightens requirements for notifying parents when a minor seeks an abortion.

Most of the action elsewhere also will take place in the Senate.

A move to decriminalize sexting — sending racy photos or videos via devices like cell phones — will get another hearing.

The Judiciary Committee will consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would require appeals judges to receive a vote of 60 percent to remain on the bench when their terms expire. The same panel also will take up a bill that would make it easier for the Legislature to repeal Florida Supreme Court rules, and more difficult for the court to readopt rules that have been repealed.

A rules subcommittee will hold a confirmation hearing for Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who also served under Crist.

A measure that would allow utilities to raise rates to pay for renewable energy also will get a hearing, as will a plan to restrict communication between utility regulators and the companies they oversee.

Patricia Mazzei can be reached at pmazzei@miamiherald.com.

Today in Tallahassee: Abortion measures under consideration 04/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 12:49pm]

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