Sixty Days — A first-rate-time take a look at the 2021 Legislative Session:
The Final 24
The Nation’s Oldest Metropolis needs lawmakers to greenlight the Resilient Florida plan to sort out flooding and sea-level rise. St. Augustine Mayor Tracy Upchurch sent a letter to Home Speaker Chris Sprowls endorsing the plan and stated native commissioners will move a proclamation to providing their assist as properly. For St. Augustine, the stakes are as excessive because the floodwaters can get. “The Metropolis of St. Augustine is keenly conscious of the challenges posed by local weather change and as a low-lying coastal group particularly delicate to the consequences of future sea-level rise,” Upchurch wrote. Right here’s your nightly rundown.
Huge Tech crackdown. A invoice (HB 7013) penalizing social media corporations for so-called conservative censorship and “de-platforming” customers cleared the Home Appropriations Committee with a near-party-line vote.
Excessive watermark. The Senate Setting and Pure Assets Committee unanimously approved a invoice (SB 1954) organising a grant program to assist cities and counties deal with nuisance flooding and sea-level rise.
Half-staff. Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered flags to fly at half-staff on Tuesday in honor of a Tampa Police officer who was killed final week within the line of obligation.
— 1,943,135 FL residents (+2,755 since Sunday)
— 36,499 Non-FL residents (+71 since Sunday)
— 15,401 Journey associated
— 758,300 Contact with a confirmed case
— 20,956 Each
— 1,148,478 Underneath investigation
— 82,307 in FL
— 32,959 in FL
— 6,531,896 Doses administered
— 4,252,250 Whole individuals vaccinated
— 1,882,052 First dose
— 90,552 Accomplished one-dose collection (+13,812 since Sunday)
— 2,279,646 Accomplished two-dose collection (+33,020 since Sunday)
Quote of the Day
“Immediately we take step one to ensure this by no means occurs once more.” — Sen. Aaron Bean, as his DEO revamp invoice (SB 1948) cleared its first committee.
Your Metz Husband Daughton-sponsored query of the day is: Florida Man robs GameStop retailer whereas carrying what unsuccessful disguise?
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Final time, we requested: What film starring Jim Carrey was largely filmed in Seaside, Florida?
Reply: The Truman Present
Congrats to Larry Williams Consulting (@LarryWmsConsult), the primary individual to tweet the right reply!
Democratic Rep. Allison Tant is new to the Legislature, however she’s representing the district everybody calls residence for 2 months of the 12 months, Home District 9 in Tallahassee. We talked to her about her historical past in Florida politics and the laws she hopes to maneuver this Session.
Florida Politics: You could be a freshman Consultant, however you might be no stranger to Florida politics, having been the previous chair of the Florida Democratic Social gathering. How does that have an effect on your targets as a lawmaker?
Allison Tant: It’s not actually being Chair of the celebration that has given me any context for my work. It was my 18 years within the course of previous to retiring to be residence with my twins, after which my daughter, who was born slightly later. I used to be an advocate within the legislative course of for a great variety of enterprise and well being care purchasers. My twins had been born in 1998, and one in every of them has a situation referred to as Williams Syndrome, which required 5 early intervention therapies 3 instances per week, being current to assist him educationally, after which, after all, being a mother to my different two! Jeremy had open-heart surgical procedure to deal with a coronary heart situation that youngsters with Williams Syndrome typically have, on the age of 23 months. I ended working within the legislative area the Session following that surgical procedure and have become a volunteer youngster and incapacity advocate within the legislative area once I wanted to be. I’ve spent the final 20 years targeted on that work.
Florida Politics: Are you able to inform us a bit about your invoice that offers with incapacity?
Allison Tant: I’ve walked the stroll that many a mum or dad of a kid with incapacity walks, with little to no steerage of what to try this is greatest for my youngster. So, it’s that life expertise I carry to the method, with the entire understanding that I don’t know every part. House Bill 117, coping with a street map that ought to be offered to households like mine who’ve a liked one with a incapacity, was taken up in committee [March 8]. I discovered myself very emotional when my colleagues voted for the invoice. I’m grateful to my Republican and Democratic pals for the compassion and assist colleagues gave me with that invoice.
Florida Politics: District 9 consists of downtown Tallahassee. Any distinctive challenges with representing the district the place all these legislators collect for Session?
Allison Tant: I really like this group, and I really like exhibiting it off. I’m pleased with our companies, our residents and our faculties. When committees first began, I requested my fellow members to think about our then scarcity of ICU beds as a consequence of COVID and to be conscious of the truth that we had been having a surge again in January. We’re all being very cautious with masking and testing. I walked with a number of new colleagues this weekend and confirmed them a number of the historical past of Tallahassee and the attractive park in Cascades.
Payments that might give customers the appropriate to regulate how their private knowledge is shared and offered are transferring by means of the Legislature.
HB 969 by Sarasota Rep. Fiona McFarland and SB 1734 by St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes would require companies to publish a privateness coverage and, if requested, inform customers what knowledge they’ve on them, how they bought it, and the way they use it. Customers might request to have that data deleted or corrected.
With robust assist from Home Speaker Sprowls and Gov. DeSantis, passage is nearly assured. However there are some vagaries over what sorts of information customers can clear from tech firm caches, and what data is actually non-public.
Most would agree that bank card numbers, Social Safety numbers, and well being information are non-public. Likewise, most would agree that arrests, court docket judgments, and occupational licensure are public, and the payments do carve out Data collected from federal, state, or native governmental information.
However what about public social media posts, want lists, or profile information?
PeopleFinders, MyLife, BeenVerified, Truthfinder, and PeopleConnect all present background checks, fraud detection, and different individuals search companies by amassing knowledge from publicly out there data by organizing the information into usable merchandise, corresponding to experiences.
Additionally they trawl non-governmental sources for related additions. Their archives aren’t crammed with non-public posts and DM logs, however publicly accessible knowledge — if anybody on a browser or app can scroll by means of your Fb and Twitter feeds, they will too.
Their companies are broadly used and extremely valued by numerous private and non-private entities and people, together with regulation enforcement companies and monetary service suppliers.
To make sure the information privateness payments don’t impede entry to publicly out there data, the businesses — a few of that are in any other case opponents — have signed lobbying agreements with the staff at Capital Metropolis Consulting, together with Nick Iarossi, Ron LaFace, Dean Izzo, Ashley Kalifeh, Andrew Ketchel and Christopher Schoonover, who’s taking level on the difficulty.
The Subsequent 24
The Senate Neighborhood Affairs Committee will hear a invoice (SB 1128) to preempt native ordinances limiting what fuels utilities can use to supply power when it meets at 9 a.m. in Room of the 37 Senate Workplace Constructing.
The Home Agriculture & Pure Assets Appropriations Subcommittee will contemplate a invoice (HB 1177) to enhance water high quality in Biscayne Bay. It meets at 9:30 a.m. in Reed Corridor within the Home Workplace Constructing.
The Home Early Studying & Elementary Training Subcommittee will take up a invoice (HB 51) to permit state universities and faculties to sponsor constitution colleges. It meets at 9:30 a.m. in Morris Corridor within the Home Workplace Constructing.
A invoice (HB 337) so as to add restrictions to native affect charges will go earlier than the Home Native Administration & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee when it meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 404 of the Home Workplace Constructing.
The Home Professions & Public Well being Subcommittee will take up a invoice (HB 239) that might open the door to native ordinances banning smoking at parks and seashores. The committee meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 212 of the Knott Constructing.
The Senate Banking and Insurance coverage Committee will hear a invoice (SB 1574) to make a number of at Residents Property Insurance coverage Corp. The committee meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Constructing.
A invoice (SB 676) making a state parks specialty license plate will go earlier than the Senate Transportation Committee when it meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 110 of the Senate Workplace Constructing.
The Senate Youngsters, Households and Elder Affairs Committee will contemplate a invoice (SB 224) to make gadgets corresponding to mattress rails, seize bars, and bathe seats exempt from gross sales tax. The committee meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room 37 of the Senate Workplace Constructing.
The Senate Legal Justice Committee will take up a invoice (SB 1608) to extend penalties for schemes associated to vaccines for COVID-19 or a future virus. The committee meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Senate Workplace Constructing.
A invoice (SB 86) altering the Vibrant Futures scholarship program to prioritize sure diploma applications will probably be heard within the Senate Training Committee when it meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Constructing.
The Home Legal Justice & Public Security Subcommittee will contemplate a invoice (HB 523) to assist human trafficking victims. The committee meets at 1 p.m. in Morris Corridor within the Home Workplace Constructing.
The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will contemplate a invoice (SB 1488) to exempt lawmaker addresses and phone numbers from public information requests. The committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Senate Workplace Constructing.
Payments that might require the Florida Division of Emergency Administration to keep up a stockpile of PPE that well being care suppliers might buy throughout an emergency will probably be heard in each chambers. SB 1760 goes earlier than the Senate Army and Veterans Affairs, House and Home Safety Committee at 3:30 p.m. in Room 37 of the Senate Workplace Constructing. The Home Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee will take up HB 1353 at 3:45 p.m. in Room 404 of the Home Workplace Constructing.
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee will contemplate a invoice proposal (SB 268) to preempt native governments’ ordinances associated to occupational licensing. The committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Constructing.
The Home Commerce Committee will take up a proposal (HB 6073) that might permit wine to be offered in containers bigger than one gallon when it meets at 3:45 p.m. in Room 212 of the Knott Constructing.
Additionally, the next committees will meet.
— The Home Submit-Secondary Training & Lifelong Studying Subcommittee meets at 1 p.m. in Room 212 of the Knott Constructing.
— The Home Tourism, Infrastructure & Vitality Subcommittee meets at 1 p.m. in Room 404 of the Home Workplace Constructing.