New material has been posted to the Supreme Court website in:
- Leon Davis, Jr. v. State of Florida (denial of rehearing in post-Hurst death case)
Follow the links at: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org.
Commissioner Donald Polmann today began serving on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates the state’s investor-owned electric, gas, and water and wastewater companies. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott for a four-year term ending in January 2021.
“With my technical background, I look forward to working with the Commission to achieve the balance needed for sound regulatory decisions,” said Commissioner Polmann. “I have a keen awareness of serving the public interest and will be thorough in my approach to ensure that Florida’s residents and businesses receive reliable, affordable utility service at fair and reasonable costs.”
Prior to his appointment to the PSC, Commissioner Polmann served as Director of Science and Engineering for Tampa Bay Water, the largest wholesale drinking water supplier in the Southeastern United States. Commissioner Polmann also served as a consulting engineer in private practice for a decade, most recently at ATKINS as Senior Project Director for public sector clients concerning water and environment. Before this, he was at AMEC in environmental and water resource engineering, serving a broad set of public and private clients.
Commissioner Polmann received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Minor in Economics. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.
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The Florida Lottery announces that one of the seven Holiday MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE™ grand prize winners claimed their $1 million prize at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
Patrick Foster, 59, of Leesburg, claimed his $1 million grand prize from the Holiday MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE drawing held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Foster purchased his winning Holiday MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE ticket at Ocala Stopping Center, located at 7401 West Highway 318 in Reddick. The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling a $1 million-winning ticket.
Along with the seven $1 million prizes, 527 other prizes ranging from $500 to $50,000 were awarded in the Holiday MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE Grand Prize drawing held on January 3. Additionally, this year’s Raffle offered five weekly drawings, in which a total of ten $10,000 prizes, 250 $1,000 prizes, and 1,000 $500 prizes were won. The Holiday MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE game generated more than $1.7 million in revenue for education.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson filed legislation today to prevent Congress from repealing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have, on average, saved many of Florida’s Medicare-covered seniors nearly $1,000 per year on the cost of their prescription drugs.
The measure, which Nelson filed as an amendment to a broader budget bill currently under debate, would prevent the Senate from considering any legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act’s provisions aimed at closing the gap in Medicare’s prescription drug coverage, commonly known as the “donut hole.”
Under current law, when a Medicare beneficiary and their plan spends $3,700 on prescription drugs in a single year, that beneficiary becomes responsible for a larger share of the cost of their prescription drugs until the beneficiary’s total out-of-pocket costs for the year reach $4,950, at which time Medicare will resume paying for the cost of the drugs.
Prior to the 2010 healthcare law taking effect, the gap in coverage started at $2,700 and ended at $6,100. The provisions included in the ACA have shrunk that gap and aims to completely close it by 2020.
Nelson’s measure would protect those provisions, ensuring that seniors continue to save on the cost of their prescription drugs even if Congress repeals the rest of the law.
“Closing this gap in coverage, known as the donut hole, has helped seniors in Florida save nearly $1,000 a year,” Nelson said. “Why would you want to get rid of that? We should be looking for ways to lower – not increase – the cost of prescription drugs, especially for our seniors.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the provisions Nelson wants to keep in place saved Florida’s 355,000 Medicare-covered seniors more than $350 million in 2015 alone. That’s an average annual savings of $987 per senior.
The text of Nelson’s legislation is available here.
Attorney General Pam Bondi will be hosting a news conference at the Tampa International Airport announcing a new human trafficking awareness effort on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Tampa.
WHO: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Representative Ross Spano and Chief Paul Sireci, Director of Public Safety and Security for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
WHAT: News Conference
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 6, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Tampa International Airport
4100 George J Bean Pkwy
Aviation Authority Boardroom, Level 3
Tampa, Fla. 33607
Park in the Short Term Parking Garage; if possible, park near the Earhart elevators, which are closest to the Aviation Authority board room. Bring parking ticket for validation.
Live trucks: If bringing a live broadcast media truck to the airport and need higher clearance than 7’10”, please contact Emily Nipps at (813) 520-7793 or [email protected] no later than Thursday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. to make special arrangements.
The Florida Lottery announces that Hely Fernandez, 62, of Coconut Creek, claimed a $2 million prize from the POWERBALL® drawing held on December 28, 2016. The winning ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers, but did not match the Powerball.
Fernandez purchased his winning ticket at Flamingo Chevron, located at 4351 South Flamingo Road in Davie. The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus commission for selling the winning POWERBALL ticket. Total ticket sales for the December 28, 2016, POWERBALL drawing generated more than $939,000 for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
The next POWERBALL drawing will be held Saturday, January 7, at 10:59 p.m. ET with an estimated $94 million jackpot. National POWERBALL drawings are broadcast live, in high-definition, from the Florida Lottery’s state of the art draw studio in Tallahassee. Florida Lottery game drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website.Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.
ABOUT POWERBALL IN FLORIDA
Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, exceeding more than $3.8 billion in sales, yielding $1.6 billion in education funding to date. Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation with more than 70 million winning tickets totaling more than $2.1 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners.
“Gov. Scott Requests Nearly $6 Million to Hire State Agents Dedicated to Counterterrorism Efforts”
Fox News – U.S. Cable
January 4, 2017
To view the clip, click HERE.
The Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission’s Customer Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the second floor at LYNX Central Station, 455 N. Garland Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.
This meeting site is conveniently located near the SunRail LYNX Central Station platforms. Please check SunRail arrival and departure times at www.sunrail.com.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Ms. Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32720, or by phone at 386-943-5367, or by email at [email protected].
Questions? Please contact Steve Olson of the Florida Department of Transportation at [email protected] /386-943-5479 or Jim Harrison at Orange County [email protected].
Please be careful around trains, railroad crossings, and while at station platforms. Be smart. Be safe. For more information about SunRail, including fares, schedule and station locations, please visit www.sunrail.com.
Leaders for the Florida League of Cities and Florida Police Chiefs Association today embraced Governor Rick Scott’s call for $5.8 million to create a special unit dedicated to fighting terrorism in Florida. League of Cities President Susan Haynie, who is mayor of Boca Raton, and Florida Police Chiefs Association President Albert “Butch” Arenal, police chief of Coconut Creek, said the counterterrorism squad would help protect Floridians by effectively coordinating law enforcement resources across Florida.
Mayor Haynie and Chief Arenal issued the following statement:
“The majority of Florida’s 20 million residents live in our cities, towns, and villages, and our municipalities face the constant threat of being targeted by terrorist acts. Governor Scott’s plan will institute a dedicated team of highly skilled, well-trained, and resolute experts whose sole mission will be to address the modern scourge of terrorism. This smart, forward-thinking, and unfortunately necessary proposal represents a cost-effective way to provide Floridians with a measure of assurance that their public servants are doing everything possible to protect them. We applaud the Governor’s leadership in advocating for these 46 agents and analysts, and we urge the Legislature to help protect the people of our state, not on the basis of what this costs but because of what it likely will save: lives.”