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Today in Tallahassee: Five Things To Know

TALLAHASSEE -- On Day 2 of the Legislature's annual session Wednesday, abortions, guns and nursing homes will enter the political debate. Here are five things to watch:
 
* Abortions would be banned in Florida with rare exceptions if a doctor "reasonably determines" that a fetus can survive outside the womb. The bill (SB 918), by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, will be debated by the Senate Health Policy Committee, where six of nine members are from South Florida and Tampa Bay.
 
* People would be allowed to carry concealed weapons during a "state of emergency" even if they don't have permits to carry them under a bill (HB 209) sponsored by Rep. Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, to be heard in the House Economic Development & Tourism Committee. Sheriffs are mobilizing to oppose the bill, calling it overly broad. 
 
* Nursing home employees would be shielded from exposure to lawsuits under a bill (HB 569) to be debated by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee. The bill's sponsor is Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.
 
* Lobbyists who influence special taxing districts that oversee water, hospitals and children's services would be required to register and disclose their fees. The bill (SB 846), sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Community Affairs Committee.
 
* Senators on a budget subcommittee that oversees education will receive a status report on Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, largely the brainchild of former Sen. JD Alexander, a Winter Haven Republican who for four years controlled the budget-writing process in the Senate. 
 
By Steve Bousquet, Herald/Times Staff

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MarvinM

Day 2 and 'our' legislature is doing somebody else's business - ALEC's.


Emergency Gun Stuff:

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/09/7J8-Emergency_Powers_Firearm_Owner_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf

Abortion:

Anitere Flores - nothing more needs to be said about that.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Florida_ALEC_Politicians

Tort Reform (tho' this article does not specifically mention nursing homes, the idea is the same):
http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/07/12172/justice-denied-71-alec-bills-2013-make-it-harder-hold-corporations-accountable-ca

How about those jobs bills? How about discussing ways to help homeowners get property tax relief, or the costs of insurances under control? How about working to help get more Floridians health insurance coverage by expanding Medicaid?

This is not our legislature. This first thing we can do next election is vote out anyone with ties to ALEC - see second link, there's a lot of them.

James

Doesn't unscrupulous and deceptive so called charities stealing millions if not billions from innocent Floridians and legitimate Florida charities deserve attention (SB 638/HB 629)? This bill has the best of attentions but needs work and public scrutiny before it will best serve the needs of our citizens.

Respectfully submitted,

James

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