Friday, October 31, 2014

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 Tallahassee, FL – House Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) today announced that he has chosen Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) as his nominee for Speaker pro tempore, and has appointed Representative Dana Young (R-Tampa) as House Majority Leader, Representative Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne) as Chairman of the Rules & Calendar Committee, and Representative Richard Corcoran (R-Trinity) as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.  
 Please be advised that Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli has authorized the schedule for interim committee meetings as follows:  
 Top legislative leaders today spoke out in opposition to the lawsuit announcement by the Florida School Boards Association and others challenging the merits of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.  
 The Florida Legislature today passed SB 2A, relating to the Establishment of Congressional Districts. Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) released the following statement on the passage of the revised congressional map.  
 In response to the rulings issued by Judge Lewis on July 10, 2014, and August 1, 2014, the Florida Legislature has decided to produce a Congressional map to address the Court’s limited concerns. Accordingly, the House and Senate have agreed to call ourselves into special session on Thursday, August 7, 2014, for the sole purpose of passing a Congressional map.  
 Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today issued the following joint statement regarding the recent court decision issued by Judge Terry Lewis on the Florida Congressional map.  
 Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today reappointed Chris Gardner to the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Gardner’s reappointment is effective today for a three-year term.  
 Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today announced the Florida House of Representatives has begun publishing “The Florida Handbook,” a guide to state government and Florida history first published in 1947. “The Florida Handbook” ceased publication in 2012, but starting today, it is available online and free for all users.  
 Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today released the following statement regarding Governor Rick Scott’s signing of House Bill 5001, the General Appropriations Act.  
 The Florida Legislature concluded the 2014 Session this evening by finalizing key pieces of legislation outlined in the joint Senate and House Work Plan Florida agenda announced earlier this year by Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel).  
 The Florida Legislature passed a balanced budget today that funds key priorities while responsibly preparing for potential future economic uncertainty and providing significant tax relief to Floridians. The 2014-2015 state budget is highlighted by a $500 million tax and fee cut, total education funding that exceeds any previous year, and significant investments in transportation and education infrastructure and important environmental initiatives.  
 The Florida Legislature today passed reforms aimed at offering a path to reinstatement for Floridians burdened by massive fines due to suspended and revoked driver licenses. A recent Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) report revealed as many as 1.3 million driver licenses were suspended or revoked in the last fiscal year, including 167,000 for non-driving-related infractions. The reforms were included as a part of CS/CS/HB 7005 relating to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  
 House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) released the following statement regarding the Florida Legislature’s adoption of HB 851 on Postsecondary Education Tuition and Fees.  
 The Florida House of Representatives today passed a series of reforms aimed at strengthening the statewide school accountability system and simplifying school grade calculations. The legislation, CS/SB 1642, includes provisions of CS/HB 7117, sponsored by Representative Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach).  
 During conference for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget, the Florida Legislature agreed to allocate a total of $20 million, including $8,088,000 in recurring General Revenue and $11,912,000 in federal trust funds, to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) to serve additional clients on the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver waiting list.  
 The FY 2014-15 General Appropriations Act includes a funding performance model for colleges and universities that will reward excellence at institutions helping to meet the demands of Florida’s workforce.  
 The Florida House of Representatives has passed a series of bills to strengthen Florida’s laws against human traffickers and to provide better care for the survivors of this crime. Human trafficking of minors is a growing problem in Florida and across the country. As part of the Legislature’s Work Plan 2014 “Protecting Florida’s Vulnerable” initiative, this series of bills seeks to prevent human trafficking and provide safe places for child victims to live and receive the therapy they need to recover.  
 The Florida House of Representatives today passed HB 7181 relating to the Florida Retirement System (FRS). The bill encourages new employees to enter the retirement plan that best fits their needs. It also takes important steps to reform city firefighter and police officer local pension plans to address the concerns of employees who participate in the system and the taxpayers who must fund it.  
 Below please find the list of conference managers appointed to negotiate the FY 2014-2015 budget as well as a tentative schedule for conference meetings.  
 The Florida House of Representatives today passed HB 7167, sponsored by Education Appropriations Committee Chair Erik Fresen (R-Miami) and Representative Manny Diaz, Jr. (R-Miami-Dade), to increase educational choice opportunities for Florida students.  
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