Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Today in Tallahassee: Judiciary, seaports, septic tanks

TALLAHASSEE — The House is in session this afternoon and is poised to take up bills that would shake up the judiciary, seaports and septic tank restrictions.

Backed by House Speaker Dean Cannon, HJR 7111 divides the Florida Supreme Court into two five-justice divisions, one for civil cases and one for criminal. That change would require a constitutional amendment approved by 60 percent of Florida voters.

As written, the bill could go before voters as soon as Florida's presidential primary, currently scheduled for Jan. 31, 2012.

Members will also debate HB 283, sponsored by Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, which would end state regulations for seaport security, which ports argue is already done at the federal level. It would also pave the way for a study on turning the Cross Florida Barge Canal into a "Port Citrus."

The House will also consider HB 13, which repeals rules over septic tanks enacted just last year, when lawmakers were concerned about sewage seeping into spring water. Why the change of heart? The bill's supporters say restrictions cost owners too much money and are too big of a burden.

Five Senate committees will meet today as members continue their work before next week's Passover and Easter break. The Senate Budget Committee will resume its consideration of dozens of bills, including big ones on Medicaid reform, charter schools and school vouchers.

Today marks Gov. Rick Scott's 100th day in office. Scott will mark part of the occasion in Washington, D.C., sharing breakfast with the Florida delegation and testifying before a congressional subcommittee on the danger of prescription drug diversion.

He flies back to Florida for meetings with the Florida Association of State Troopers; the prime minister of Kenya, Raila Amollo Odinga; Leadership Lake Wales; former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist; and the Florida League of Mayors.

It's also Puerto Rico Day at the Capitol.

Today in Tallahassee: Judiciary, seaports, septic tanks 04/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Deandre Gilmore gets 20 years in death of toddler

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Deandre Gilmore was sentenced to 20 years in state prison Monday in the death of his ex-girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter.

    Deandre Gilmore is led from a courtroom in handcuffs prior to a lunch break on Oct. 17 during his Tampa trial. Gilmore was sentenced to 20 years in state prison in the death of his ex-girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter while he was giving her a bath. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  2. David Letterman's friends — and shrink — make his Twain ceremony as funny as his late-night legacy

    The Feed

    For years, David Letterman, consumed by insecurities and the relentless pace of a nightly television program, would respond to the loud cheers of his audience with a strained smile and a half-scolding, half-embarrassed wave to "cut that out."

    David Letterman is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C. [Owen Sweeney | Invision | AP]
  3. Target says customers want it to pause the Christmas creep

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Target says customers want it to pause the "Christmas creep." It says it wants to be more in tune with customers' mindset, so it plans to ease in holiday promotions this year while better recognizing Thanksgiving.

     Target says customers want it to pause the "Christmas creep." It says it wants to be more in tune with customers' mindset, so it plans to ease in holiday promotions this year while better recognizing Thanksgiving. This is Target's new store in Manhattan's Herald Square that opened last week. 
[Kavita Kumar/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS]
  4. Foo Fighters coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

    Blogs

    It's times like these we learn to love Mondays again.

    Foo Fighters
  5. Lightning needs to hold onto Sergachev

    Blogs

    Here’s hoping the Lightning holds onto Mikhail Sergachev.

    Mikhail Sergachev has scored his first three NHL goals in his last two NHL games.