Monday, February 11, 2013

Some Florida legislative bills of interest - 2013 session

I am posting samples of  bills recently filed in Tallahassee for this 2013 session that I find of interest.  I cannot place enough disclaimers on this information. Many of these bills don't make it into law and many of those that do bear little resemblance to their starting points.

Legislation has been compared to making sausage.  The famous quote: Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. I would beg to defer in that it is of the utmost importance to be involved in the making of the sausage, otherwise you have no say on the ingredients or the final product.

Recently filed bills:

SB 626 – Senator Dwight Bullard - Bullying in the Public School System; Revising provisions prohibiting bullying or harassment of a student or school employee through the use of computer-related activities; prohibiting bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed at a nonschool-related location or activity if certain conditions are met; providing that bullying includes cyberbullying; requiring that each school district include in its districtwide policy instruction on recognizing behaviors that lead to bullying and harassment and taking appropriate preventive action, etc.

SB 698 – Senator Dwight Bullard - Bonds for Everglades Restoration; Providing for funding for the City of Key West and the Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern protection program; providing for financial assistance agreements between the Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Key West for the construction of stormwater management and sewage facilities, etc.

SB 722 – Senator Dwight Bullard - Disposable and Reusable Bags; Creating statewide rules for disposable plastic bags and recyclable paper bags for certain stores in counties or municipalities where the local government adopts the provisions of the act; establishing requirements for certain stores in participating localities to comply with the act; requiring stores in participating localities to charge a fee for every recyclable paper bag provided to customers, etc.

Do any of the South Miami-Dade local elected officials have any statement (or preferably, plan action) either in support or opposition of any of these (or other) pending bills?

Speaking of making sausage, Miami-Dade County Days in Tallahassee, is set for April 3rd and 4th. It will be interesting to see WHAT the locals elected officials have done to prepare for a successful legislative session, or if their attendance is merely a beauty pageant.

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