A constitutional amendment that would let judges remain on the bench until the age of 75, five years more than currently allowed, cleared the full Senate Tuesday.SJR 408
would change a 39-year-old provision in Florida’s Constitution that requires judges to retire once they turn 70.
An amendment was added to the resolution on Tuesday that would allow judges older than 75 to serve temporary assignments or to complete a term.
Senators want slow-moving drivers to get out of the left-hand lane, but the House may be blocking the flow of the bill.
Faster-moving motorists will have the right of way in the left-hand lanes of Florida’s roads under a bill, SB 244
, backed by the Senate Tuesday.
Senators say the bill will prevent road rage and reduce high-speed accidents by requiring motorist to yield the left lane when being overtaken on a multilane highway.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater released the following statement regarding the Senate Rules Committee approving on Monday Senate Bill 1208
, which will end the state's practice of releasing Social Security numbers -- from CFO Atwater’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property -- for the purpose of locating owners of abandoned or unclaimed property. (Read the full story
Lakeland-based Publix is going to build a $188.5 million distribution center in Orlando that will employ 156 within three years, the governor’s office announced Monday.
"It is always good news for Florida when a company expands and increases its investment here,” Scott stated in a release.
“Publix has a well-known history as one of Florida’s leading corporate citizens and contributors to our economic growth.”
Fear of escalating tension in the Middle East over Iran’s nuclear program is in part resulting in gas prices jumping to $3.75 a gallon, on average, across Florida -- up 7 cents from a week ago -- according to AAA.
“Concern and fear are driving the market at this time and pushing oil prices to nearly $110 a barrel, resulting in record-breaking pump prices for this time of year,” Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, stated in a release.
With the state House expected to get around to bills focused on regulating or closing Internet cafes in the coming week, Palm Beach County commissioners are looking to shorten the moratorium that prevents new arcades opening.
Attorney General Pam Bondi has appointed Charlotte Danciu and Yvonne Fry, while reappointing Nancy Peek McGowen and Anne Voss, to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
The 22-member Commission, created in 1991, makes recommendations to the governor, Cabinet and Legislature on issues that impact women.
According to a release from the attorney general’s office:
The third time was the charm for NASA and the U.S. Navy.
After weather scrubbed two launches last week, an Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Navy's newest generation of mobile communications spacecraft -- the Mobile User Objective System-1 (MUOS-1)
-- got off the ground just after 5:15 p.m. Friday.
The launch marked the 200th flight of the Centaur upper stage.
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Advocates for tougher legislation against human trafficking, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, praised the House support for HB 7049
“This legislation will give us the tools we need to stop the exploitative and degrading business of human trafficking,” Bondi stated in a release.