The week ahead in Florida: Budget, highways, guns in schools Florida lawmakers are entering the final two weeks of their annual 60-day session — the period when bills either start flying, or start dying. It's when things get unpredictable and hectic as deals are being made on the largest issues facing lawmakers. And even though lawmakers have had seven weeks to iron out differences between House and Senate bills, the next two weeks is when bills can rapidly start changing. There was some evidence last week that deals are in the works as Senate health care bills started coming closer to the House bills. Republican Speaker Jose Oliva has made reducing health care costs a priority. Now we'll see
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top election regulator has filed paperwork to run for U.S. Senate in 2020. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Friday registered a campaign account with the Federal Election Commission. Political adviser Heather Brewer confirmed that Toulouse Oliver had filed new paperwork to pursue the seat that Sen. Tom Udall plans to vacate at the end of 2020. The Democratic nomination also is being sought by sixth-term U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. Toulouse Oliver previously served as Bernalillo County Clerk and won election as secretary of state in 2016. In 2018, she won re-election by handily defeating Republican Gavin Clarkson. Clarkson now is running for
Candidate for U.S. President Cory Booker has said that he's "frustrated" that the matter of reparations for slavery has been "reduced to a box to check on a presidential list, when this is so much more of a serious conversation." So, I asked him about the course of action he'd take, now that he seems to be leading the effort in the U.S. Senate on a plan that would form a commission to study possible compensatory payment. I also asked Booker how he planned to deliver on the promises he makes to African Americans within the first 100 days of his Presidency. Click below to hear my interview with Sen. Booker.
A US appeals court upheld a ruling Friday that the House of Representatives' chaplain is not required to allow secular prayers to be offered as part of the chamber's daily proceedings. Since 1789, daily prayers have been authorized in the lower chamber of Congress. Lawmakers can request that the prayer be offered by a chaplain other than the House chaplain, currently Patrick Conroy.
For the last five years, State Rep. Marcus Riccelli has been working to give nurses a rest — right now, they get breaks and lunches as the law states, but neither are required to be uninterrupted. HB 1155 was supposed to mandate those breaks, a measure that's proven widely popular among nurses. “Those breaks are definitely needed and valuable — too many nurses don't take their breaks and just chart that they did,” said Keenan Clinch, a registered nurse at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. “Making it mandatory is definitely something that we want, and it's something that our union's behind.” That being so, nurses were stunned when they learned about changes made to the bill in the Senate. The
(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products, including vaping devices, to 21 from 18 to curb their "epidemic" use among teens. McConnell said https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=C7912202-0742-4404-8775-8836F261DDEF the bill would be introduced in May. "For some time, I've been hearing from the parents who are seeing an unprecedented spike in vaping among their teenage children. . . . Unfortunately, it's reaching epidemic levels around the country," the Republican senator from Kentucky said in a statement. McConnell's proposal comes as states and cities
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Senate Government Reform Committee heard legislation this week that would exempt private schools from a minimum wage increase. HB 763, sponsored by Rep. Tim Remole, would exempt private and religious schools from increasing the minimum wage as required by the passage of the initiative ballot last year. Remole told the committee Tuesday public schools are already exempt from this law, and this legislation would just provide the same opportunity to private schools. Remole said he's spoken to many people in his district, and the vast majority of them were not even aware the ballot measure exempted public schools from the wage increase. No one spoke in support of HB 763
Washington • What's the expiration date on moral outrage over a gruesome murder? On Wall Street, at least, the answer seems to be roughly six months. Six-and-a-half months ago, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was my colleague at The Washington Post, walked into the Saudi Consulate in Turkey to take care of some paperwork. Then he vanished. In the days and weeks that followed, the world learned that a 15-member hit team dispatched by the Saudi government had strangled the 59-year-old Khashoggi, dismembered him with a bone saw while listening to music, and disposed of his body. The CIA would conclude that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, had ordered the assassination.
The Senate has notified authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) of a vacancy created as a result of the death of Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff. Sheriff was a Senator for Montserrado County, who died at a hospital in Ghana following a period of illness. She has since been buried. The notification signed by the Senate's secretary, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, informed the NEC that the communication, dated April 8, 2019 is in submission to Chapter 5, Article 37 of the 1986 Constitution. Article 37 says, in the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the Presiding Officer shall within 30 days notify the elections commission thereof, and
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee senators have voted to double several campaign contribution limits. The Senate voted Thursday for Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey's bill. It still needs House approval. Currently, a Senate candidate can receive $1,600 from an individual and $12,300 from one political action committee for a primary election, and the same amounts again for the general election. The new limits would be $3,200 and $24,600. The bill would increase the total Senate candidates can receive from PACs from $122,900 to $245,800 for the primary, and those amounts again for the general. Kelsey said the bill syncs senators up with House members, who have a two-year election cycle instead of the
Abuja — The Senate yesterday passed a new bill, which provided for penalty against gas flaring and other malpractices in the oil and gas sector.The last legislation on gas flare, the Associated Gas Re-injection Act of 1979, came into force 40 years ago, and since then there has been no review or amendment of the Act despite its devastating effect on the host communities. One of the highlights of the new Bill is that any licensee who supplies inaccurate data to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) or to any other lawful authority will be liable, upon conviction to a fine of N10 million or be committed to prison for a term of six months or both. Other objectives of the Bill include ensuring
Anyone who engages in theft or illegal connection of electricity in the country would be liable to a five years jail term, a fine of N5 million and a jail term of five years, the Electric Power Reform Act passed by the Senate stipulated. Also, the amended Electricity Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 if signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, prescribed N1 million fine including a 2-year sentence for anyone who erected a structure on electric power line or obstruct electricity supply. The passage of the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 on Wednesday, followed a report of the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development & Metallurgy on a Bill for an Act to amend the electric power reform Act No 6, 2005 to prohibit theft of electricity and destruction of electricity, theft and destruction of electricity supply infrastructure and prescribe appropriate penalties for violations; and for related matters, 2019 (SB.
Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has yet to consider the report by the ad hoc committee set up to investigate the controversial reinstatement and promotion in the federal civil service of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina. The report was presented by the panel to the chamber over one year ago. The committee, made up of chairmen and vice-chairmen of Senate committees on Public Service and Establishment; Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption; and Internal Affairs laid their report on February 14, 2018. Chairman of the panel, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, made the presentation. The Chairman,
In Washington, some top Democrats have seized on the Mueller report to make the case that the issue of President Donald Trump's impeachment is far from settled. That same divide is likely to play a factor in the 2020 race for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Via Twitter, Stacey Abrams, who is considering a Democratic challenge to Sen. David Perdue, came to this conclusion: “The Mueller Report - the sections released to the public - is not an exoneration. We must see the full report.” Former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson plans to run for the seat if Abrams does not. She has forcefully supported the Mueller investigation, and was one of the few elected officials to take the state with Tom Steyer at