Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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the Legislature to repeal Florida Supreme Court rules, and more difficult for the court to readopt rules that have been repealed.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 11:49am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Philippines forces make gains in city under siege by ISIS-linked militants

    MARAWI, Philippines — Philippine forces say they now control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago.

  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile

    World

    SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile early today that flew 280 miles and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.

    S. Korean President Moon Jae-in is assessing the launch.