Florida House rewrites state water regulations
Florida Channel

Legislature Has New Formula For H2O

Just three days after the start of the session, the House approved a massive plan to rewrite state water policy, setting the stage for weeks of negotiations with the Senate. As Jim Ash reports, the legislation emphasizes the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and natural springs.
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Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer speaking to award recipient and self-advocate Amanda Baker Thursday.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Thursday marked Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Florida Capitol, and many advocates came to Tallahassee to speak to lawmakers about their legislative priorities related to people with developmental disabilities.

via CPRinFloridaSchools.org

Jim Cobb and Kristen Cobb Simpson are part of a group pushing for a bill  in Florida requiring high school students to learn CPR before graduating. They’re from Louisiana where they say the measure is already part of state law.

Rep. Dwight Dudley (D-St. Petersburg)
The Florida Channel

Rep. Dwight Dudley (D-St. Petersburg) is sounding off against a plan allowing utilities to charge Florida ratepayers hundreds of millions for out-of-state gas exploration ventures.  He’s filed a bill to block the program approved by state regulators late last year.

cuban and american flags
www.straitstimes.com

When president Obama indicated an interest in reopening trade agreements with Cuba, it didn’t take long for many to voice their disagreements. Now, Matthew Seeger reports that Florida lawmakers are getting their rejections heard in the form of a house memorial.

The potential loss of up to $2 billion worth of federal funding is bringing the state’s budgeting process to a standstill says Senate budget chief Tom Lee.

The loss of the low-income pool money means priorities like Governor Rick Scott’s $500 million tax cut package—are in trouble. And Lee says there could be other casualties as well.

Florida House of Representatives

Crossing swords with the Obama Administration is costing the state 1 billion in federal health care subsidies. But as Jim Ash reports, the Florida Senate took another stab Thursday at the White House, this time over U.S. foreign policy and Cuba.

Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner
The Florida Channel

With the legislative session under way, the Republican majority’s legislative plans are beginning to take shape.  Minority leadership got in on the action Thursday stressing the need for better water and anti-discrimination legislation.

Florida House rewrites state water regulations
Florida Channel

Just three days after the start of the session, the House approved a massive plan to rewrite state water policy, setting the stage for weeks of negotiations with the Senate. As Jim Ash reports, the legislation emphasizes the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and natural springs.

Florida Standards Assessment
http://dbes.pasco.k12.fl.us/

Students could see an immediate change in the number of tests they take under plans moving fast in the legislature. The move is a response to widespread criticism of the state’s new standardized testing infrastructure, and comes as districts continue reporting problems with the new exams.

MGN Online

The 2015-2016 school year could begin as early as August 10. That means families could have to cut vacations short. State law prohibits schools from starting earlier than Labor Day, but the holiday falls in the second week of September, making districts antsy.

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