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A bill blocking all law enforcement agencies—including local—from establishing traffic ticket quotas could be close to hitting the Governor’s desk, if it soon passes the House.

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The chair of the Florida Senate’s Ethics and Elections Committee has introduced legislation he says will curb a trend of lawmakers not living in their districts. Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) says as much as 10 percent of the Florida Legislature may be violating the law.

The law would solidify rules concerning where elected officials may live and tighten restrictions on how they report their home address. Latvala, whose staff has been studying lawmaker residency for months, says the law can be followed by examining a few simple criteria, including:

Floridians will be guaranteed the right to speak at public meetings, if Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill that’s headed his way. The public comment bill passed the House on Wednesday after unanimously passing the senate.

One open government watchdog group is celebrating the Legislature’s passing what it calls the “Anti-Shushing Bill.”

Barbara Peterson, president of the Florida First Amendment Foundation, said, “It’s not a huge bill. It’s a huge right.”

Floridians would be allowed to speak at all public meetings, if a bill passes the Legislature. It was one of several bills that passed out of the House Government Operations Committee on Wednesday.

The public-comment bill’s House sponsor is Ray Rodrigues (R-Fort Myers). He said, it would restore the rights people had to speak at public meetings before a 2010 court case called that into question.