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Five things to look for in Monday's legislative session

Week six of the Florida Legislative session kicks off Monday and, while some bills are dying off quietly, a number are starting to pick up speed en route to a floor vote. Things are pretty quiet in the House, but the Senate is in full swing.

 The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will hear SB 634, which repeals law that bans overly loud music in cars. A Florida Supreme Court decision in December sided with two Pinellas County men who had challenged citations they had received for playing music too loudly. The court found the law unconstitutional.


A bill to change the unpopular “nuclear cost recovery” law gets its first stop in the Senate committee on Communications, Energy & Public Utilities. SB 1472 would tighten the law, which critics say has allowed utilities companies to charge ratepayers for the construction of plants that might not be built.

 In the Senate Judiciary Committee, a ban on texting while driving (SB 52) sees its last committee stop before reaching the Senate floor.

 The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee hears a fetus-protection bill in SB 876, which states that  anyone who commits a crime killing or injuring an unborn child can be prosecuted for the act specifically based on the offense to the child.

On a related note, pro-life groups and Planned Parenthood, which opposes SB 876,  will hold a summit in Tallahassee on Monday.

 The Commerce and Tourism Committee in the Senate has a sports-focused agenda, hearing a bill that makes it easier for people to resell their events tickets (SB 394) and a bill that would provide tax breaks for the renovation of the Daytona International Speedway (SB 1394).

- Toluse Olorunnipa (Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau)


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Concerned Citizen

I am not here to discuss the pros/cons of Medical Marijuana - I am just here to try fight for a choice as a Florida citizen.

I am not a grassroots activist - just a mid-life Dad who is starting to deal with persitent pain from nerve issues and who wants to be able to explore all reasonable options that would result in an acceptable quality of life without risking my future or my children's future by breaking the law.

There are currently at least 16 states that allow Medical Marijuana.
There is an increasing shift in the number of American adults who view Medical Marijuana as acceptable - http://www.pewresearch.org/

There are currently 2 bills - one in the house and one in the senate - in Tallahassee that will die this session because the members of our legislature are ignoring them.

What we can do is collect enough signatures to force the issue on the ballot in the 2014 election and let the voting population of Florida decide.
I am not affiliated with any of the organizations or groups below but am just doing my small part to address an issue I feel strongly about.

United For Care ( originally People United for Medical Marijuana ( PUFMM) is backing a signature petition that would force the issue onto the ballot in 2014. Almost 700,000 signatures are needed. There are 8.4 million registered Florida voters - that is only 1 - 12 that we need to sign the petition. This initiative has gained mainstream momentum with the addition of John Morgan as chariman ( head of Morgan and Morgan law firm ).


The links below lead to Unitedforcare's website.

All I hope to see is the opportunity to express my choice at the polls in 2014. - Thanks for reading this.

Rick Scott Fraud

On July 16, 1997, the FBI executed the largest coordinated raid in agency history, with 500 agents in six states seizing 14,000 boxes worth of evidence from 36 Columbia/HCA offices.


Scott was ousted from the company in the ensuing uproar, leaving with an estimated $300 million in stock and compensation.

Schilling remained in limbo for six more years. Two Columbia/HCA executives from Southwest Florida were sentenced to prison, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.


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