Government

COURT FIGHT LOOMS FOR CONTROVERSIAL EDUCATION LAW

By BRANDON LARRABEE - THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 5, 2017......... The Broward County School Board voted Wednesday to move ahead with legal action against a sweeping new education law, an initial step toward a court clash over one of the legislative session's most controversial bills.

During a special meeting called to discuss the potential lawsuit, board members voted unanimously to allow the district to hire an outside lawyer to help handle the case. Broward County expects to be followed by other districts --- including Miami-Dade County --- in mounting a challenge to the law.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office presents First Quarter Awards

Most people associate the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) with deputies catching bad guys or handing out traffic tickets. However, there is more to the department than that. Almost five hundred people work together to make the HCSO successful. On Tuesday, June 13, Sheriff Nienhuis handed out awards to those with mundane tasks such as preparing meals for inmates at the correction facility and setting up computer programs to make the organization more efficient, as well as for outstanding service like helping to save a life or solving a difficult case using forensic techniques.

Cloud conversion bill vetoed

A bill dealing with state infrastructure technology, sponsored by Representative Blaise Ingoglia has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill would have moved the state toward utilizing cloud technology. Ingoglia stated that if state agencies migrated to commercial cloud products, then millions in tax dollars could be saved. HB 5301 also would have created a cybersecurity task force, but Ingoglia emphasized that the major cost saver is cloud conversion.

SWFWMD delivers modified phase 3 water shortage to all 16 counties in its jurisdiction

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Hernando County received a letter from SWFWMD informing the county that as on June 5, the existing water shortage declaration has been elevated due to continuing drought conditions for all 16 counties within the District’s jurisdiction including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

JUSTICES APPEAR SKEPTICAL OF PROSECUTOR'S ARGUMENTS ON DEATH PENALTY

By DARA KAM -- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 28, 2017 .......... Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney's assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott.

State funds design of Weeki Wachee River Channel Restoration project

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Senator Wilton Simpson submitted an appropriations request of $400,000 to fund the design and permitting phase of the Weeki Wachee River Channel Restoration Project which is part of the SWFWMD Weeki Wachee SWIM Plan.

The funding has been approved and the Southwest Florida Water Management District is working to secure a consulting firm to begin feasibility and design on October 1, 2017.
The restoration project aims to:

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