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)