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Governor Rick Scott signed a record budget of about $77 billion into law Monday.

Scott Signs Budget

This year’s budget is 3.5 percent higher than last year's and includes a boost in money for schools, child welfare and projects to battle water pollution. But, Scott says that’s not the only thing.

“It’s a budget that the most important thing is we cut $500 million in taxes. I looked at every line to say are we getting a return for the taxpayers. Is it good for the citizens,” said Scott, speaking to reporters Monday.


A record budget of $77 billion as well as several other bills were recently delivered to the Governor’s desk. And, as Governor Rick Scott looks to veto multiple budget turkeys from the state budget, there’s also one measure Scott has definitely promised to veto: a bill that could allow for the raising of speed limits on certain Florida highways.

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A measure that could have allowed for speed limits to be raised as high as 75 miles per hour on certain Florida highways is no longer in play.

While he admits there are times he’d like to go faster, Governor Rick Scott says he decided to listen to the advice of opponents to the measure and veto the bill.

AAA Urges Gov. Scott To Veto Speed Limit Bill

May 8, 2014
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Speed limits on Florida highways could go up if Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill heading to his desk. The bill gives the transportation department discretion to raise top speeds from 70 to 75 mph on roads it deems safe enough. But AAA is urging Scott to veto the measure because it says higher speeds lead to more crashes.

AAA spokeswoman Karen Morgan says, "In 2012—a total of 10,000 deaths, or more than a third of all motor vehicle fatalities, occurred in speed-related crashes. So we didn’t hear any argument for the legislation.”

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A bill that could raise the speed limits on certain Florida highways is now on its way to Governor Rick Scott, after it passed the House in a very close vote.

Rep. Matt Caldwell’s (R-Lehigh Acres) bill is not a partisan issue. In fact, whenever the bipartisan bill gets taken up by either chamber, Republicans and Democrats vote in favor and against the bill. And, Wednesday’s 58-56 vote in the House was no different, as members debated passionately on the issue.

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The Florida Senate passed a slew of measures Thursday, including a bill that could raise the speed limit on certain Florida highways.

Speed Limits Bill

But, Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) says she’s against the measure because it encourages Floridians and tourists to speed.

“When you increase the speed limit, you ultimately also have to increase the minimum speed limit. And, so we’re encouraging all drivers to drive faster whether they want to or not,” said Gibson.

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The Florida Senate teed up several measures Wednesday, unanimously passed a number of measures, and sent some over to the Governor for his signature. That includes a bill addressing juvenile life sentencing, a pair of gun-related measures, and another increasing speed limits.

Speed Limit Bill

About 50 bills got teed up for a vote Wednesday, including a bipartisan bill allowing Florida Department of Transportation officials to change the speed limits on certain highways.

Capital Report: 12-20-2013

Dec 20, 2013

Is life in Florida’s fast lanes fast enough?  A few lawmakers think not and have proposed hiking the speed limit on rural portions of interstate highways to seventy-five miles an hour.  As Stan Jastrzbski reports, not everyone thinks that’s such a swift idea.

Opponents On Possible Speed Limit Increase: Not So Fast

Dec 20, 2013
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As he was decrying the possibility that speed limits of Florida interstates could rise to 75 miles per hour, National Safety Council Vice President John Ulczycki noted there is a method to keep speeders from traveling recklessly fast.

“The one strategy that works to save lives in speeding is enforcement," he says. "People speed because they can.  Because nothing bad happens to them and because they’re not going to get a ticket.”

Capital Report: 11-15-2013

Nov 15, 2013

This week, it’s been almost impossible to escape the unrelenting coverage of Obamacare.  The persistent problems with the federal sign-up web site, millions of individual plans cancelled.  Florida has certainly not been immune to all the debate and uncertainties about health care.  For instance, there’s more than one insurance provider in the northern part of the state, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at the federal government’s health insurance exchange web site.  One of the region’s top insurers isn’t on it and, as Lynn Hatter reports, that’s leaving many people with essentially

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Traffic on Florida roadways could soon begin moving faster if a bill filed in the Florida Senate becomes law. But experts say more speed equals more accidents.

The bill, filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), would swap current 70-mile per hour speed limits on Florida interstates for 75 mile per hour thresholds. But Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spokesman Russ Rader says even though such bills might find political support, that doesn’t mean they’re smart.

Slow drivers, beware. A new Florida law bans driving more than 10 miles per hour under the speed limit in the left lane when you know another car is trying to pass.

It’s already a law that drivers in the left lane who are not going a reasonable speed must move over and let faster drivers pass them. The new law defines exactly what that reasonable speed is: within 10 miles per hour of the posted limit. Violators can face a $60 ticket.

Capt. Nancy Rasmussen, with the Florida Highway Patrol said, now it’ll be easier for police to enforce the rule.