How much money in is Gov. Scott’s budget for transportation?

Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget, rolled out Tuesday morning, sets aside nearly $11 billion for transportation in the state for the coming year.

A Florida Department of Transportation news release lays out a bullet-pointed list of how the money would be spent, if state lawmakers give the budget the OK as-is:

• $4.1 billion for construction of highway projects
• $178.2 million in seaport infrastructure improvements
• $257.8 million for aviation improvements
• $300.8 million for scheduled repair of 61 bridges and replacement of 16 bridges
• $978.2 million for maintenance and operation
• $618 million for public transit development grants
• $175.6 million for safety initiatives
• $82.7 million for bike and pedestrian trails

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Florida Gov. Rick Scott

“Gov. Scott’s transportation budget provides the record funding necessary to maintain and repair existing infrastructure and prepare for future growth,” said outgoing state Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold. “Florida’s roads, seaports, airports, railways and trails will continue to meet the growing needs of Florida’s families.”

Spotlighted in the FDOT news release: plans for $43.2 million for work on Southern Boulevard from the entrance of the new Arden community to Forest Hill Boulevard. The state plans to add one lane in either direction along the stretch of Southern, along with adding bike and pedestrian paths. Read more here about that project.

The budget does include some disclaimers on how the money can be spent, with specific instructions for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority — which oversees Tri-Rail — and ports that might consider doing business with Cuba.




Orlando nightclub shooting: Deutch to call for closing gun loophole

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said in a statement on his Facebook page that tomorrow, as Congress returns to Washington, D.C., he is going to call for closure of a loophole that allows people on the terror watchlist to purchase firearms.

An injured man is escorted out of the Pulse nightclub after a shooting rampage, Sunday morning June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. (AP Photo/Steven Fernandez)
An injured man is escorted out of the Pulse nightclub after a shooting rampage, Sunday morning June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. (AP Photo/Steven Fernandez)

Deutch’s statement comes in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which took place early Sunday morning in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub.

» RELATED: Get the latest updates on the Orlando nightclub shooting

Read his full statement below:

“When violence strikes our community, we must stand together in solidarity with those whose lives have been forever changed – fifty families who now have a hole that will never be filled, and over fifty more whose injuries and trauma will affect them from this day forward. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, I feel so deeply for these families, the city of ‪#‎Orlando‬, our state of Florida, and our nation. I stand with the LGBT community this Pride month and whenever members of the community face violence, hatred or discrimination. And I am so grateful for the SWAT team, the police, paramedics and firefighters whose heroic actions saved lives.

“I offer sympathy, prayers and strength. I am sure we all do. But I’m also a Member of Congress, and thoughts and prayers alone are not a sufficient response. Tomorrow, upon our return to Washington, we will be briefed about terror threats and radical Islamic violence. We will strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIS. We will continue to fight terrorism here and around the world.

“But that’s not enough. We’re mourning the deadliest mass shooting, and the American people expect us to battle terrorism, stand with the LGBT community AND to address the gun violence epidemic that plagues the country. Silence is not an option.

“TOMORROW, when we return to Washington, we should have moment of silence for the victims – immediately followed by a vote to close the loophole that allows people on the terror watch list to buy assault rifles – or any weapon. This isn’t politics; it’s common sense.

“In the weeks to come, we should not be afraid to ask why, when an AR-15 assault rifle is the one thing that’s common to Orlando, San Bernardino and Newtown, we allow these deadly weapons to be freely available? And why every gun purchaser isn’t subject to a background check? And why the mental health crisis is’t urgently addressed?

“We must fight terrorism. And stand with the LGBT community. And do something to stem the horrific tide of gun violence.

“We must do all of it. Now. For Orlando.”

Scott signs body camera bill inspired by Corey Jones, 32 other bills into law

Gov. Rick Scott today signed 33 bills, including one inspired by the shooting death of Corey Jones that requires law enforcement agencies to set policies and procedures for using body cameras.

Corey Jones
Corey Jones

The bill, HB 93, does not require law enforcement agencies to use body cameras, only to set rules for their use.

Jones was shot three times by then-Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja as Jones waited for a tow truck at the off-ramp from Interstate 95 on PGA Boulevard in the early hours of Oct. 18. Raja had arrived at the scene in an unmarked van and plain clothes.

Raja has since been fired by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. He was not wearing a body camera when he shot Jones, and there is no recording of what happened.

Jones’ family members came to the Capitol last month on what would’ve been his 32nd birthday to lobby in support of the measure. They also delivered a letter to Scott’s office, asking for support on the legislation and investigations underway into the shooting.

Read more about the bill and how Corey Jones inspired it.

Scott also signed these 32 bills into law:

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 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.

Palm Beach Post staff writer John Kennedy contributed to this report.