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Legislation provides for the construction of SAFE (Staging Areas
For Emergencies) locations along Florida’s Turnpike System
Senate Proposed Bill (SPB) 7020, Emergency Staging Areas, today passed the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Security, chaired by former Senate President Tom Lee (R-Brandon). [Read more…] about Legislation to Create Permanent Staging Areas for Emergencies Passes First Senate Committee
Seek Bipartisan Support to Restore Public Confidence in the Voting Process
On the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session, state Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) and state Representative Geraldine F. Thompson (D-Windermere) filed bills to prepare for the 2020 elections and address issues that arose during the 2018 election cycle. [Read more…] about State Senator Linda Stewart and State Representative Geraldine F. Thompson File Legislation to Reform Florida’s Elections
Committee on Education Passes Legislation to
Implement MSD Commission Recommendations
The Senate Committee on Education chaired by Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R-Hialeah), today passed Senate Proposed Bill (SPB) 7030, School Safety and Security. [Read more…] about Senate Committee Advances School Safety and Security Legislation
SB 630 and HB 451 would create voluntary non-opioid directives
Senator Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) and Representative Scott Plakon (R-Longwood) have filed legislation, SB 630 and HB 451, that would give patients the right to decide, during the course of their medical treatment, whether to refuse an opioid drug in a doctor’s office or hospital through a document called an advanced directive. [Read more…] about Legislation Filed to Empower Patients with Option to Reject Opioid Pain Treatment
State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) has filed legislation for the upcoming session that would remove the statute of limitations for prosecution of rapes involving victims under the age of 18 when the attack occurs. [Read more…] about Senator Linda Stewart files legislation to lift barriers on rape prosecutions
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. This legislation funds programs that promote small business development, reduce burdensome regulations, protect our environment, improve our parks, increase important safety measures, and combat the opioid crisis. [Read more…] about House Passes FY 2019 Interior and Environment, FY 2019 Financial Services Appropriations Bills
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation Thursday that would allow some Canadian citizens to spend up to eight months a year vacationing in the U.S., two months longer than they are allowed to stay now. [Read more…] about Nelson, Rubio file bill to allow Canadian snowbirds to visit U.S. for longer
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and others introduced legislation today to lower the costs of prescription drugs for individuals and families across the country by placing a monthly cap on their out-of-pocket drug costs. [Read more…] about Nelson introduces legislation to cap prescription drug costs
Files new amendment to defense bill that would
maintain current moratorium for five additional years
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) filed legislation today to maintain the current moratorium on oil and gas activities in the eastern Gulf of Mexico – and prevent the administration from opening up any new areas closer to Florida’s coast to offshore drilling – until, at least, 2027.
The move comes amid reports that the oil industry – despite the Trump administration’s pledge that Florida would be “off the table” to new drilling – has launched a new campaign to try to open up additional areas in the eastern Gulf to offshore drilling.
“Here we go,” Nelson tweeted in response to the reports Wednesday. “Like us, Big Oil doesn’t believe Florida is really “off the table” to new drilling – despite what Scott and the Trump administration keep saying – and now they are making a new push to drill closer to Florida’s shores. We can’t let that happen!”
Nelson, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, filed the measure to maintain the current moratorium in the eastern gulf for an additional five years – until 2027, instead of 2022 – as an amendment to the annual defense bill that’s currently being considered in the Senate.
By filing the measure as an amendment to the defense bill – instead of as a standalone piece of legislation – it could need only 50 votes to be approved and added into the broader bill, instead of the 60 votes it typically takes to get a bill through the chamber.
Now filed, a decision on whether to allow a vote on Nelson’s amendment will be up to Senate leaders – while a decision on whether the amendment would need only 50 votes, instead of 60, will be up to the Senate Parliamentarian.
Nelson says, however, if they are successful in getting Senate leaders to allow a vote on the measure, the fact that it may only need 50 votes to pass as an amendment would drastically increase its chances of becoming law.
Full text of the amendment can be found here.
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