Gov. Rick Scott signs 14 bills into law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has added another batch of bills to the total number he’s signed into law this year.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Getty Images)

Wednesday, Scott signed 14 measures, including several related to public records and one establishing a framework for public-private partnerships.

Last week, he signed 111 bills into law, including several inspired by tragedies in Palm Beach County.

Here’s the full list of bills signed Wednesday by Scott:

SB 124, Public-Private Partnerships – This bill establishes a uniform framework for the establishment of public-private partnerships.

SB 126, Public Records and Public Meetings – This bill creates a public records and public meetings exemption for unsolicited proposals for public-private partnership projects.

SB 194, Redevelopment Trust Fund – This bill exempts hospital districts from contributing to community redevelopment agencies created on or after July 1, 2016.

SB 436, The Crime of Making Threats of Terror or Violence – This bill creates penalties for specified threats of violence.

SB 514, Supervisor of Elections Salaries – This bill revises the local formula for the salaries of the Florida Supervisors of Elections.

SB 580, Reimbursement to Health Access Settings for Dental Hygiene Services for Children – This bill clarifies that dental hygienists may receive Medicaid reimbursement for providing children’s dental services.

SB 592, Public Records – This bill exempts from public records the personal identification information of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and Department of Financial Services’ investigative personnel.

SB 626, Consumer Credit – This bill authorizes the Office of Financial Regulation to take action against a person who violates the Military Lending Act.

SB 628, Fees for Records – This bill allows the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to pay a reduced fee for background screenings from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

SB 708, The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys – This bill authorizes the Department of State to reimburse families up to $7,500 in funeral expenses for remains recovered from the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

SB 752, Public Records – This bill creates a public records exemption for certain personal identifying information of a current or former employee of an agency’s office of inspector general or internal audit department.

SB 754, Public Records – This bill creates a public records exemption for certain civil and criminal investigative information held by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

SB 772, Regulated Service Providers – This bill reduces fees and modifies provisions in several areas regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

SB 908, Organization of the Department of Financial Services – This bill revises provisions relating to the organization of the Department of Financial Services.

Secret Service fail? Donald Trump says reporter ‘grabbed me by the arm at least twice’

Though he was protected by Secret Service agents as he left a March 8 news conference and election-night victory celebration at his Trump National golf club in Jupiter, Donald Trump said this morning on NBC’s Today show that former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields “grabbed” him twice before Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski “brushed” her away.

Donald Trump on Tuesday noted "touching" by reporter Michelle Fields; today he accused her of grabbing him twice.
Donald Trump on Tuesday noted “touching” by reporter Michelle Fields; today he accused her of grabbing him twice.

Jupiter Police on Tuesday charged Lewandowski with misdemeanor battery for the incident.

Trump has forcefully defended Lewandowski since the charges were filed while ratcheting up his attacks on Fields.

“She grabbed me by the arm at least twice screaming questions…She grabbed me by the arm twice. I pushed her off. You could see that very clearly,” Trump told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer.

Guthrie and Lauer asked Trump about Lewandowski’s initial claim, on Twitter, that “I never touched her.”

“Would you acknowledge that Corey Lewandowski did not tell the truth initially about this incident?” Guthrie asked.

Trump initially didn’t answer, but when pressed again by Lauer, he said that Lewandowski’s contact with Fields was “so minor that he might not have even thought about it…he brushed her to get, probably, probably to get her hand off my arm. So it was so minor he might not have even realized it took place.”

Trump rejected the suggestion that the situation might not have escalated if Lewandowski or the Trump campaign had apologized to Fields.

“I think she would have pressed charges anyway because I think she likes it. That’s my opinion. Maybe I’m wrong,” Trump said. “If he said he was sorry I think she would have used that against him.”

Here’s the full list of 111 bills signed by Gov. Rick Scott last week

Last week was a busy one for Florida Gov. Rick Scott: He signed 111 bills into law.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Getty Images)

From a measure on medical marijuana for terminally ill patients to bills inspired by local tragedies, we have the full list here.

Nine bills signed into law Wednesday

SB 238, Medical Assistant Certification – This bill repeals a voluntary certification for medical assistants.

SB 242, An Infectious Disease Elimination Pilot Program – This bill establishes a pilot program at the University of Miami to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other blood borne diseases.

SB 340, Vision Care Plans – This bill relates to health insurance requirements for ophthalmologists and optometrists.

SB 450, Physical Therapy – This bill relates to the licensure of physical therapists.

SB 590, Adoption – This bill allows judges to make adoption decisions based on the best interest of the child and makes other changes to adoption procedures.

SB 636, Rape Kits – This bill requires rape kits to be tested within a specified time frame.

SB 860, Foster Families – This bill designates the second week of February as “Foster Family Appreciation Week.”

SB 1174, Residential Facilities – This bill clarifies distance requirements for community residential homes.

SB 7020, A Review Under the Open Government Sunset Review – This bill reenacts an existing public records exemption relating to the Florida Health Choices Program.

34 bills signed into law Thursday

HB 93, Law Enforcement Officer Body Cameras – This bill requires law enforcement agencies to establish policies and procedures regarding the use of body cameras.

HB 231, Motor Vehicle Manufacturer Licenses – This bill relates to contracts between motor vehicle manufacturers and dealers.

HB 293, Public Records – This bill revises a public records exemption regarding certain juvenile criminal history records.

HB 303, Unlicensed Activity Fees – This bill relates to unlicensed activity fees at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

HB 373, Mental Health Counseling Interns – This bill provides certain requirements for internship supervision at mental health institutions.

HB 387, Offenses Evidencing Prejudice – This bill revises an existing provision in Florida’s hate crime statutes for individuals with mental or physical disabilities.

HB 413, Title Insurance – This bill relates to title insurance companies.

HB 431, Fire Safety – This bill provides fire classifications for nonresidential farm buildings.

HB 549, Offenses Concerning Racketeering and Illegal Debts – This bill relates to the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.

HB 561, Organizational Structure of the Department of Environmental Protection – This bill revises the organizational structure of the Department of Environmental Protection.

HB 633, Public Food Service Establishments – This bill exempts religious and other non-profit organizations from regulations when hosting certain charity events.

HB 701, Art in the Capitol Competition – This bill creates the “Art in the Capitol Competition” for Florida students.

HB 749, Agriculture – This bill relates to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Greenbelt Law.

HB 773, Special Assessments on Agricultural Lands – This bill exempts agricultural lands from certain local assessments.

HB 783, Unclaimed Property – This bill revises several provisions in the Florida Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act.

HB 793, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program – This bill allows students to defer their acceptance of Florida Bright Futures Scholarships until completion of religious or service obligations.

HB 819, Medicaid dental services — Bill requiring state to review Medicaid dental services and possibly change them in 2017.

HB 965, Fire Safety – This bill updates fire safety standards for assisted living facilities.

HB 967, Family Law – This bill creates the collaborative law process.

HB 971, Community Development Districts – This bill increases the size of certain Community Development Districts.

HB 1025, Public Records – This bill relates to public records and the state infrastructure bank program.

HB 1051, Anchoring Limitation Areas – This bill prohibits overnight anchoring of vessels in certain zones.

HB 1063, Public Records and Meetings – This bill creates a public records and meeting exemption for the Nurse Licensure Compact.

HB 1125, Eligibility for Employment as Child Care Personnel – The bill aligns requirements for child care facilities and providers with federal regulations.

HB 1133, Applicability of Revenue Laws to Out-of-State Businesses During Disaster-Response Periods – This bill exempts out-of-state businesses from certain requirements during disaster response.

HB 1149, Alternative Sanctioning – This bill allows alternative punishments for technical violations of probation.

HB 1181, Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement – This bill relates to the Patent Troll Prevention Act.

HB 1219, Veterans’ Employment – This bill requires state agencies and authorizes local governments to implement a veterans’ employment recruitment plan.

HB 1245, Medicaid Provider Overpayments – This bill authorizes the Agency for Health Care Administration to certify certain payments.

HB 1333, Sexual Offenders – This bill increases registration requirements for sexual offenders and predators in compliance with the Adam Walsh Act.

HB 1347, Illicit Drugs – This bill expands the prohibition of synthetic drugs.

HB 4009, Slungshot – This bill makes it lawful to make, sell, and carry a concealed slungshot.

HB 7013, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – This bill revises certain penalties for fish and wildlife violations.

HB 7025, At-Risk Vessels – This bill authorizes the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to prohibit vessels that are at-risk of becoming derelict from occupying state waters.

68 bills signed into law Friday

SB 190, Conservation Easements – This bill removes certain application requirement relating to conservation easements.

SB 286, Merger and Acquisition Brokers – This bill relates to the Office of Financial Regulation and certain transfers of ownership.

SB 422, Health Insurance Coverage for Opioids – This bill allows doctors to prescribe “abuse deterrent” opioids.

SB 586, Responsibilities of Health Care Providers – This bill requires a hospital to notify physicians within a specified time frame upon the closing of their obstetrical department.

SB 624, Public Records – This bill provides a public records exemption relating to information technology (IT) security incidents or breaches.

SB 1046, Farm Vehicles – This bill revises certain requirements related to the transportation of agricultural products.

HB 183, Administrative Procedures – This bill makes certain revisions to the Florida Administrative Procedures Act.

HB 189, Teacher Certification – This bill assists STEM teachers with advanced degrees to obtain professional teaching certificates.

HB 195, A Special Election – This bill provides for a special election on August 30, 2016 to approve a constitutional amendment proposed in HB 193.

HB 229, Bullying and Harassment Policies in Schools – This bill requires school districts to review their bullying and harassment policies at least every three years.

HB 249, Culinary Education Programs – This bill relates to licensed culinary education programs obtaining alcoholic beverage licenses.

HB 277, A County and Municipality Homestead Tax Exemption – This bill creates an additional homestead exemption for certain low-income residents over the age of 65.

HB 299, Expressway Authorities – This bill revises membership of the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

HB 307 & HB 1313, The Medical Use of Cannabis – This bill relates to the Office of Compassionate Use and allows for the use of cannabis for terminally ill patients in certain situations.

HB 347, Utility Projects – This bill provides an additional financing option for local government utility infrastructure projects.

HB 375, Physician Assistants – This bill clarifies the scope of practice for physician assistants.

HB 419, The Highlands Road and Bridge District, Pasco County – This bill closes the Highlands Road and Bridge District.

HB 427, Recreational Vessel Registration – This bill reduces registration fees for vessels which are equipped with certain safety features.

HB 439, Mental Health Services in the Criminal Justice System – This bill addresses mental health issues in the criminal justice system.

HB 481, The Columbia County Law Library – This bill closes the Columbia County Law Library.

HB 499, Ad Valorem Taxation – This bill makes various revisions to the Value Adjustment Board process.

HB 519, The Gilchrist County Development Authority – This bill closes the Gilchrist County Development Authority.

HB 535, Building Codes – This bill revises several provisions in the Florida Building Code.

HB 589, Environmental Control – This bill modifies several areas regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection.

HB 627, Community Contribution Tax Credits – This bill expands the contributions that qualify for a tax credit or tax refund.

HB 649, The Eagle Bay Sub-Drainage District, Okeechobee County – This bill closes the Eagle Bay Sub-Drainage District.

HB 651, The Department of Financial Services – This bill makes various revisions relating to the Department of Financial Services.

HB 655, The City of Jacksonville, Duval County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for certain Jacksonville restaurants.

HB 659, Automobile Insurance – This bill revises various provisions in the automobile insurance law.

HB 703, Vessels – This bill modifies regulations for operation of a vessel and creates a safety inspection decal program.

HB 709, The City of Tallahassee, Leon County – This bill authorizes the issuance of temporary permits to sell alcohol at outdoor events in Tallahassee.

HB 769, Mental Health Treatment – This bill allows for the continuation of certain medication for individuals undergoing mental health evaluation and treatment.

HB 785, St. Lucie County Fire District, St. Lucie County – This bill relates to the operations of the St. Lucie County Fire District.

HB 799, Out-Of-State Fee Waivers for Active Duty Service Members – This bill allows active duty military members serving abroad to pay in-state tuition and fees.

HB 837, Education Programs for Individuals with Disabilities – This bill allows foster children to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program.

HB 845, The Bay County Bridge Authority, Bay County – This bill dissolves the Bay County Bridge Authority.

HB 847, Pasco County – This bill repeals certain provisions regarding wastewater treatment in Pasco County.

HB 871, Broward County – This bill shifts requirements to post and maintain water markers in waterways from Broward County to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

HB 891, The Northwest Florida Community Hospital Board of Trustees, Washington County – This bill dissolves the Northwest Florida Community Hospital District.

HB 895, The West Manatee Fire and Rescue District, Manatee County – This bill revises membership provisions in the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District.

HB 911, The City of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County – This bill repeals City of Delray Beach’s civil service special act.

HB 1033, Information Technology Security – This bill relates to the Agency for State Technology and cybersecurity policies for state agencies.

HB 1039, The Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District, Charlotte and Lee Counties – This bill expands the boundaries of the Babcock Ranch Community in Lee County.

HB 1061, The Nurse Licensure Compact – This bill authorizes Florida to enter into the Nurse Licensure Compact.

HB 1071, The South Broward Hospital District, Broward County – This bill makes revisions to the South Broward Hospital District charter.

HB 1081, The North Sumter County Hospital District, Sumter County – This bill dissolves the North Sumter County Hospital District.

HB 1083, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities – This bill relates to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Home and the Community Based Medicaid Waiver Program.

HB 1147, Character-Development Instruction – This bill requires certain revisions to high school character development programs.

HB 1157, Postsecondary Education for Veterans – This bill provides additional options for veterans and service members to earn college credit.

HB 1205, Fumigation – This bill directs DACS to adopt guidelines for fumigation registration.

HB 1221, Barron Water Control District, Glades and Hendry Counties – This bill removes the repeal date from the Barron Water Control District charter.

HB 1233, Federal Home Loan Banks – This bill relates to the Office of Financial Regulation and Federal Home Loan Banks.

HB 1241, The Ordering of Medication – This bill allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to order controlled substances under specific circumstances.

HB 1265, The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, Collier County – This bill expands district boundaries in the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1267, The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, Collier County – This bill expands district boundaries in the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1297, Discretionary Sales Surtaxes – This bill allows a county with underfunded pension plans to levy a pension liability surtax upon termination of the local government infrastructure surtax, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1335, Long-Term Care Managed Care Prioritization – This bill relates to home and community based services administered by Department of Elder Affairs.

HB 1339, The City of Webster, Sumter County – This bill updates the charter for the City of Webster.

HB 1361, Growth Management – This bill makes various changes to the state’s growth management program.

HB 1365, The Competency-Based Education Pilot Program – This bill creates the Competency-Based Education Pilot Program.

HB 1411, Termination of Pregnancies – This bill revises regulations for licensed abortion clinics.

HB 1417, Hillsborough County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for Hillsborough County establishments.

HB 1433, Martin County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for Martin County establishments.

HB 3509, The Relief of Susana Castillo, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Andrea Castillo – This bill directs the City of Hialeah to pay the settled amount to Susana Castillo as compensation for the death of Andrea Castillo.

HB 3515, The Relief of Q.B. by the Palm Beach County School Board – This bill directs the Palm Beach County School Board to pay the settled amount to a special needs trust and purchase an annuity for the benefit of Q.B. as compensation for injuries and damages she sustained.

HB 3517, The Relief of Rafael Zaldivar and Kyoko Zaldivar, parents of Alex Zaldivar, Deceased, Individually and as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of Alex Zaldivar, and Brienna Campos and Remington Campos by Orange County – This bill directs Orange County to pay the settled amount to the estate of Alex Zaldivar, Brienna Campos, and Remington Campos as compensation for injuries and damages they sustained.

HB 3525, The Relief of Melvin and Alma Colindres by the City of Miami – This bill directs the City of Miami to pay the settled amount to Melvin and Alma Colindres as compensation for the death of Kevin Colindres.

HB 7071, Public Corruption – This bill strengthens Florida’s anti-public corruption laws.

Man chases down fake social media accounts; Donald Trump has 200-plus

 

You just stumbled across Donald Trump’s Facebook page and you can’t wait to tell him how much you love him.

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential debate March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

But is it really Donald Trump?

An Indiana man has made a living working for celebrities to identify, and get taken down, pages on Facebook and other platforms in which people pretend to be the celebrities.

While Kevin Long and his socialimposter.com haven’t yet been hired by the part-time Palm Beacher, Long says a little bit of work on his part uncovered more than 230 fake Trump pages. And more than 200 for Hillary Clinton.

Long, during a visit last week to West Palm Beach, said  there almost assuredly are more; he searched only one spelling. He checks multiple alternative spellings for each of his clients.

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Long has removed more than 26,000 phony accounts.

Long leaves alone obvious parody pages, “fan pages” or “community pages” independent pages created for people who either like or dislike a celebrity, and pages for people with the same names as celebrities. But he has plenty of material. In 2012, Facebook reported 83 million of its accounts were fakes.

Long did his searches manually for two years before developing an algorithm. He says only that his more than two dozen clients pay a monthly retainer of from $300 to “several thousand.”

Why do people do it? Maybe just because they can. Maybe it’s for kicks. Or to post lies such as “I eat puppies” to damage the reputation or a celebrity they don’t like. Or, in the extreme, to fraudulently solicit money.

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“Even when it’s harmless, it’s still noise,” Long said.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries is one of the few clients Long has permission to identify. He says people posing as Copeland were urging people to help them do God’s work by sending money. But the dollars were going elsewhere; sometimes overseas.

“They would get emails from their legitimate followers (saying) ‘it doesn’t look right,’ ” Long said. He said another evangelist client, who he will not identify, had more than 100 phony social media pages.

Another client: the University of Alabama. He said often fans of other schools will post fake Alabama comments just before the big game to create bulletin board material for their own teams.

 

Graham to address Forum Club luncheon

Former Florida governor and U.S. senator Bob Graham will address a luncheon hosted by the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches today at the Kravis Center.

Graham, a Democrat who declined to run for re-election to the Senate after a brief run for president in 2004, was known for his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Check back for more on Graham’s remarks later today at http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com.

Bob Graham will receive the Forum Club's Exemplary Elected Officials Award. * Photo by Richard Graulich/Cox News
Bob Graham will receive the Forum Club’s Exemplary Elected Officials Award.
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End-of-life medical pot bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill into law to allow terminally ill patients to use full-strength marijuana in the last year of their lives.

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The bill, CS/HB 307, adds cannabis to the list of experimental drugs available to patients diagnosed with illnesses that could result in death within a year without life-saving interventions.

» RELATED: Full coverage of medical marijuana in Florida

The state Senate approved the measure March 7 on a 28-11 vote, with the House passing it on a 99-16 vote the week before. With Gov. Scott’s signature, it is now in effect.

Bill sponsor state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said the measure stems from some lawmakers’ frustration with other legislation, the 2014 Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, also called known as the Charlotte’s Web bill.

Challenges to the CMCA have kept the low-THC medical marijuana authorized in that bill from hitting the market and the hands of cancer patients and young people suffering debilitating seizures.

Another bill passed in 2015, the Right to Try Act, allows eligible patients with terminal conditions to try investigational drugs. However, that law did not address cannabis.

The new bill allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients eligible under Right to Try, while also adding medical pot to be regulated under the 2014 law.

Opponents have argued the bill does nothing to help the people hoping to obtain low-THC pot, while opening the door for medical marijuana in Florida.

Read more about the bill.

See a full list of the 68 bills signed into law by Scott on Friday.

Scott signs 68 bills into law, including boater safety bill inspired by missing teens

Gov. Rick Scott signed 68 bills into law today, including one that reduces registration fees for vessels equipped with safety features including emergency radio beacons.

Candles burn as night falls at the Jupiter Inlet, where Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen took their small boat out on July 24, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Candles burn as night falls at the Jupiter Inlet, where Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen took their small boat out on July 24, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The bill (CS/HB 427) — inspired by the tragic loss at sea of two Tequesta teenagers, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen — was sent to the governor for signing March 9.

It’s aimed at encouraging boaters to buy an emergency position indicator radio beacon (EPIRB) or personal locator beacon for their watercraft.

The teens’ hometown lawmakers, state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, lauded Scott’s signing of the measure.

“I want to thank Gov. Scott for signing this legislation to protect Florida boaters from experiencing tragedies such as the heartbreaking loss in Jupiter last summer,” Negron said in a statement. “I hope the lower registration cost for boat operators encourages more Floridians to purchase these important safety features.”

Magar said her hope is “that every Florida boater is serious about being safe and taking safety precautions before sailing or boating in the Sunshine State.”

Here is the full list of bills signed into law Friday by Scott:

SB 190, Conservation Easements – This bill removes certain application requirement relating to conservation easements.

SB 286, Merger and Acquisition Brokers – This bill relates to the Office of Financial Regulation and certain transfers of ownership.

SB 422, Health Insurance Coverage for Opioids – This bill allows doctors to prescribe “abuse deterrent” opioids.

SB 586, Responsibilities of Health Care Providers – This bill requires a hospital to notify physicians within a specified time frame upon the closing of their obstetrical department.

SB 624, Public Records – This bill provides a public records exemption relating to information technology (IT) security incidents or breaches.

SB 1046, Farm Vehicles – This bill revises certain requirements related to the transportation of agricultural products.

HB 183, Administrative Procedures – This bill makes certain revisions to the Florida Administrative Procedures Act.

HB 189, Teacher Certification – This bill assists STEM teachers with advanced degrees to obtain professional teaching certificates.

HB 195, A Special Election – This bill provides for a special election on August 30, 2016 to approve a constitutional amendment proposed in HB 193.

HB 229, Bullying and Harassment Policies in Schools – This bill requires school districts to review their bullying and harassment policies at least every three years.

HB 249, Culinary Education Programs – This bill relates to licensed culinary education programs obtaining alcoholic beverage licenses.

HB 277, A County and Municipality Homestead Tax Exemption – This bill creates an additional homestead exemption for certain low-income residents over the age of 65.

HB 299, Expressway Authorities – This bill revises membership of the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

HB 307 & HB 1313, The Medical Use of Cannabis – This bill relates to the Office of Compassionate Use and allows for the use of cannabis for terminally ill patients in certain situations.

HB 347, Utility Projects – This bill provides an additional financing option for local government utility infrastructure projects.

HB 375, Physician Assistants – This bill clarifies the scope of practice for physician assistants.

HB 419, The Highlands Road and Bridge District, Pasco County – This bill closes the Highlands Road and Bridge District.

HB 427, Recreational Vessel Registration – This bill reduces registration fees for vessels which are equipped with certain safety features.

HB 439, Mental Health Services in the Criminal Justice System – This bill addresses mental health issues in the criminal justice system.

HB 481, The Columbia County Law Library – This bill closes the Columbia County Law Library.

HB 499, Ad Valorem Taxation – This bill makes various revisions to the Value Adjustment Board process.

HB 519, The Gilchrist County Development Authority – This bill closes the Gilchrist County Development Authority.

HB 535, Building Codes – This bill revises several provisions in the Florida Building Code.

HB 589, Environmental Control – This bill modifies several areas regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection.

HB 627, Community Contribution Tax Credits – This bill expands the contributions that qualify for a tax credit or tax refund.

HB 649, The Eagle Bay Sub-Drainage District, Okeechobee County – This bill closes the Eagle Bay Sub-Drainage District.

HB 651, The Department of Financial Services – This bill makes various revisions relating to the Department of Financial Services.

HB 655, The City of Jacksonville, Duval County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for certain Jacksonville restaurants.

HB 659, Automobile Insurance – This bill revises various provisions in the automobile insurance law.

HB 703, Vessels – This bill modifies regulations for operation of a vessel and creates a safety inspection decal program.

HB 709, The City of Tallahassee, Leon County – This bill authorizes the issuance of temporary permits to sell alcohol at outdoor events in Tallahassee.

HB 769, Mental Health Treatment – This bill allows for the continuation of certain medication for individuals undergoing mental health evaluation and treatment.

HB 785, St. Lucie County Fire District, St. Lucie County – This bill relates to the operations of the St. Lucie County Fire District.

HB 799, Out-Of-State Fee Waivers for Active Duty Service Members – This bill allows active duty military members serving abroad to pay in-state tuition and fees.

HB 837, Education Programs for Individuals with Disabilities – This bill allows foster children to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program.

HB 845, The Bay County Bridge Authority, Bay County – This bill dissolves the Bay County Bridge Authority.

HB 847, Pasco County – This bill repeals certain provisions regarding wastewater treatment in Pasco County.

HB 871, Broward County – This bill shifts requirements to post and maintain water markers in waterways from Broward County to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

HB 891, The Northwest Florida Community Hospital Board of Trustees, Washington County – This bill dissolves the Northwest Florida Community Hospital District.

HB 895, The West Manatee Fire and Rescue District, Manatee County – This bill revises membership provisions in the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District.

HB 911, The City of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County – This bill repeals City of Delray Beach’s civil service special act.

HB 1033, Information Technology Security – This bill relates to the Agency for State Technology and cybersecurity policies for state agencies.

HB 1039, The Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District, Charlotte and Lee Counties – This bill expands the boundaries of the Babcock Ranch Community in Lee County.

HB 1061, The Nurse Licensure Compact – This bill authorizes Florida to enter into the Nurse Licensure Compact.

HB 1071, The South Broward Hospital District, Broward County – This bill makes revisions to the South Broward Hospital District charter.

HB 1081, The North Sumter County Hospital District, Sumter County – This bill dissolves the North Sumter County Hospital District.

HB 1083, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities – This bill relates to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Home and the Community Based Medicaid Waiver Program.

HB 1147, Character-Development Instruction – This bill requires certain revisions to high school character development programs.

HB 1157, Postsecondary Education for Veterans – This bill provides additional options for veterans and service members to earn college credit.

HB 1205, Fumigation – This bill directs DACS to adopt guidelines for fumigation registration.

HB 1221, Barron Water Control District, Glades and Hendry Counties – This bill removes the repeal date from the Barron Water Control District charter.

HB 1233, Federal Home Loan Banks – This bill relates to the Office of Financial Regulation and Federal Home Loan Banks.

HB 1241, The Ordering of Medication – This bill allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to order controlled substances under specific circumstances.

HB 1265, The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, Collier County – This bill expands district boundaries in the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1267, The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, Collier County – This bill expands district boundaries in the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1297, Discretionary Sales Surtaxes – This bill allows a county with underfunded pension plans to levy a pension liability surtax upon termination of the local government infrastructure surtax, if approved by the voters in a referendum.

HB 1335, Long-Term Care Managed Care Prioritization – This bill relates to home and community based services administered by Department of Elder Affairs.

HB 1339, The City of Webster, Sumter County – This bill updates the charter for the City of Webster.

HB 1361, Growth Management – This bill makes various changes to the state’s growth management program.

HB 1365, The Competency-Based Education Pilot Program – This bill creates the Competency-Based Education Pilot Program.

HB 1411, Termination of Pregnancies – This bill revises regulations for licensed abortion clinics.

HB 1417, Hillsborough County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for Hillsborough County establishments.

HB 1433, Martin County – This bill revises alcoholic beverage license requirements for Martin County establishments.

HB 3509, The Relief of Susana Castillo, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Andrea Castillo – This bill directs the City of Hialeah to pay the settled amount to Susana Castillo as compensation for the death of Andrea Castillo.

HB 3515, The Relief of Q.B. by the Palm Beach County School Board – This bill directs the Palm Beach County School Board to pay the settled amount to a special needs trust and purchase an annuity for the benefit of Q.B. as compensation for injuries and damages she sustained.

HB 3517, The Relief of Rafael Zaldivar and Kyoko Zaldivar, parents of Alex Zaldivar, Deceased, Individually and as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of Alex Zaldivar, and Brienna Campos and Remington Campos by Orange County – This bill directs Orange County to pay the settled amount to the estate of Alex Zaldivar, Brienna Campos, and Remington Campos as compensation for injuries and damages they sustained.

HB 3525, The Relief of Melvin and Alma Colindres by the City of Miami – This bill directs the City of Miami to pay the settled amount to Melvin and Alma Colindres as compensation for the death of Kevin Colindres.

HB 7071, Public Corruption – This bill strengthens Florida’s anti-public corruption laws.

Patrick Murphy says Cruz proposal to patrol Muslim communities is ‘asinine’

Patrick Murphy shared his thoughts Thursday on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s plan to patrol Muslim communities, calling it “asinine” and saying the American people are “above that.”

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Cruz made the proposal in a statement released in the wake of the terror attacks enacted by ISIS in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. Cruz said the United States must “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

Murphy, who is running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Marco Rubio, was asked at a news conference Thursday what he thought of Donald Trump’s support for Cruz’s remarks.

“What Mr. Trump said is appalling and disgraceful for any American to say, because we’re above that,” Murphy said. “I would raise the question to Mr. Trump, ‘What are you going to do to the Muslim police officer? To the Muslim FBI agent?’ It’s an asinine proposal, playing and pandering to the lowest common denominator, that should be unacceptable by anybody, any American, especially any of the Republicans voting in this primary process.”

 

Read more coverage from Murphy’s news conference.

Palm Beach Post staff writer Eliot Kleinberg contributed to this report.

Gov. Scott calls on Obama to return to US in wake Brussels attacks

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement Thursday calling on President Barack Obama to return to the United States in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this week.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Obama was on a historic state trip to Cuba when the attacks occurred Tuesday morning, and now is in South America.

The day of the attacks, Obama was briefed on the situation in Brussels, then gave a speech and attended a baseball game in Havana. While critics, now including Scott, say Obama should come back to the U.S., Obama has responded that terrorists are trying to “make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives and divide us. And as long as we don’t allow that to happen, we’re gonna be OK.”

Obama again came under fire Thursday morning for dancing the tango at a state dinner in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he is visiting to meet that country’s new president. Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass reportedly said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Obama dancing the tango “was a tremendous mistake.”

Haass added, “Baseball games and tangos, that’s inconsistent with the seriousness of the day.”

In his statement, Scott invited Obama to come to Florida to “address the concerns of American tourists considering travel to Europe. (The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe through June 20.)

 

As of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Obama has yet to respond to criticism of his trip to Argentina.

Here is Scott’s full statement:

“Following the gruesome terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier this week, President Obama chose to continue gallivanting across the communist country of Cuba with the Castros. Now, he is dancing the tango in Argentina.

“Not only do I believe that President Obama should immediately return to America, I am inviting him today to come to Florida and address the concerns of American tourists considering travel to Europe. As the tourism capital of America, in Florida, we understand how important it is to communicate effectively about any safety concerns to tourists. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, President Obama chose to continue watching a baseball game and doing ‘the wave’ with dictator Raul Castro. It is time for him to return home and lay out for the American people how he will combat terrorism in a way that will not only keep Americans safe at home, but also as they travel abroad. Florida is the perfect place for this address.”

Patrick Murphy, in Palm Beach Gardens, rolls out economic “roadmap”

Murphy Thursday in PB Gardens (Eliot Kleinberg, Post staff)
Murphy Thursday in PB Gardens (Eliot Kleinberg, Post staff)

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy Thursday rolled out what he says is a path to economic recovery. One he says will have bipartisan support and can work.

Murphy has tried to move more to the center than his more-liberal Democratic opponent for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

Should Murphy win, however, he’ll face one of eight Republicans vying for that party’s nomination. And in a purple state leaning red that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but has picked Rick Scott for governor twice.

Speaking at Agilis Engineering, Murphy said his initiatives will pay for themselves because they’ll let businesses such as Agilis grow and new businesses catch on.

Murphy also was asked about part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump’s remarks about Muslims following the terrorist attacks in Belgium.

“What Mr. Trump said is appalling and disgraceful for any American to say, because we’re above that,” Murphy said. “I would raise the question to Mr. Trump, ‘What are you going to do to the Muslim police officer? To the Muslim FBI agent?’ It’s an asinine proposal, playing and pandering to the lowest common denominator, that should be unacceptable by anybody, any American, especially any of the Republicans voting in this primary process.”