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Unemployment benefit cuts head back to Florida Senate

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Unemployment bill heads back to Senate

Rep. Doug Holder, R-Sarasota, amended a controversial bill Wednesday night to cut unemployment insurance and give state businesses a tax cut. The move bounces HB 7005 back to the Senate, where Republican Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice has said any changes could kill the entire proposal.

"I think Sen. Detert will support this legislation," Holder said. "They could jeopardize losing the entire bill."

Holder's changes included a cut to the state's maximum unemployment benefit from 26 weeks to 23 weeks, a change that Detert has been fighting.

Reached late Wednesday, Detert cautioned that she had not seen the amendments but said, "I sincerely doubt it can pass the Senate that way."

'Droopy drawers' bill heads to governor

After stalling the measure in the Florida House in the past, representatives on Wednesday night signed off on a bill prohibiting kids in school from showing their underwear or buttocks or risk getting in-school suspension. SB 228, which had cleared the Senate unanimously, passed in the House with a 101-15 vote.

House sends bestiality ban to governor

After three years, the Florida House has dropped its opposition to banning sex with animals. For years, the bill was blocked from coming up, with former Republican leader Adam Hasner repeatedly saying a bestiality ban would become a mockery and would lead to unwelcome publicity about how lawmakers wasted time. The 115-0 vote on SB 344 took less than two minutes.

Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

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