The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received unanimous support at his initial confirmation hearing in the Senate this week. But, he spent much of the time reassuring a panel of lawmakers about his agency’s working relationship with Florida’s troubled prison system.
It’s the gold standard for every conservative – a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Jeffrey Utsch, executive vice president of the ultra-conservative Compact for America, preaches it in a video on his group’s website:
As budget negotiations between the Florida House and Senate approach lawmakers are carefully arranging their chess sets. But as some are worried a House plan could end up putting state employees in check.
The Florida House is close to amending the state’s Civil Rights Act to prohibit pregnancy discrimination. It’s a symbolic move, and far from a sure thing, but lawmakers are happy to see it moving forward.