U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, and his supporters have wasted little time trying to get ahead of the pundits and late-night comedians expected to focus on his dry lips and need for a drink of water during the State of the Union rebuttal.
Rubio hit the morning TV chat-show circuit on Wednesday where, in addition to discussing his actual message, he offered some self-deprecating humor on "Good Morning America" by noting, "I mean, I needed water, what am I going to do?"
"God has a funny way of reminding us that we're human."
The school choice Parent Empowerment in Education bill, better known as the parent trigger, is back after going down to a narrow defeat in the Senate last year.
Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, has filed Senate Bill 862, which closely resembles the 2011 effort labeled "Parent Empowerment" that was blocked in a tie vote after one of its Senate sponsors, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, changed his vote in protest of another bill not being advanced to the floor.
Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, has filed a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from seizing or searching portable electronic devices without a search warrant.
Senate Bill 846 also would require a search warrant before a portable electronic device can be tracked, in most cases by a government entity.
The Fourth Amendment protects Floridians against unreasonable search of their papers and effects, Brandes stated in a release. In todays increasingly paperless world we are seeking to clarify that cell phones and tablets are the modern version of papers and effects.
Schools will be required to have as many lockdown drills during the year as they do evacuation drills, under a bill, Senate Bill, 790, filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.
On the heels of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December, the School Emergency Procedures is intended to prepare students, teachers, and support personnel for potentially dangerous situations at their schools.
The goal is to enact straightforward solutions that can be implemented now to increase safety for our students Brandes stated in a release.
House members on Tuesday questioned a need for more transparency to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest and companies using inside connections as Enterprise Florida seeks to grow.
On Tuesday, members of the House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee offered their support for performance-based incentives and the desire to compete for business against other states, as the Orlando-based Enterprise Florida is seeking to increase economic incentives from $111 million to $278 million.