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SB 278 Traffic Offenses has been assigned it's committee road map. 


The first committee is Regulated Industries (RI)


Chair:          Senator Travis Hutson (R)

Vice Chair:  Senator Lauren Book (D)

                    Senator Ben Albritton (R)

                    Senator Joe Gruters (R)

                    Senator Ed Hooper (R)

                    Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R)

                    Senator Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R)

                    Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D)

                    Senator Linda Stewart (D)



The second committee is the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (ATD)


Chair:            Senator George B. Gainer (R)

Vice Chair:    Senator Ed Hooper (R)

Senator Loranne Ausley (D)

Senator Jim Boyd (R)

Senator Janet Cruz (D)

Senator Ileana Garcia (R)

Senator Audrey Gibson (D)

Senator Debbie Mayfield (R)

Senator Keith Perry (R)

Senator Annette Taddeo (D)

Senator Tom A. Wright (R)



The Third and last committee is Appropriations (AP)


Chair:             Senator Kelli Stargel (R)

Vice Chair:     Senator Aaron Bean (R)

Senator Ben Albritton (R)

Senator Lauren Book (D)

Senator Randolph Bracy (D)

Senator Jeff Brandes (R)

Senator Doug Broxson (R)

Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R)

Senator Gary M. Farmer, Jr. (D)

Senator George B. Gainer (R)

Senator Audrey Gibson (D)

Senator Ed Hooper (R)

Senator Travis Hutson (R)

Senator Debbie Mayfield (R)

Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R)

Senator Keith Perry (R)

Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo (D)

Senator Bobby Powell (D)

Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D)

Senator Linda Stewart (D)


If any of these Senators is your Senator or if they are in your Chapter area, please start to contact them now and let them know that you would like their support of SB 278

January 11, 2021      Jim Saunders

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida Power & Light on Monday took an initial step toward seeking approval of a four-year rate plan that would increase the amount of money customers pay and finish melding FPL with Gulf Power.

FPL made a filing at the state Public Service Commission that outlines a proposal for base-rate increases that would start in 2022. The utility in March will file a more-detailed rate plan that will lead to months of analysis and hearings that will include representatives of consumers.

The proposal calls for a $1.1 billion increase in base-rate revenues in 2022 and a $615 million increase in 2023. It also calls for a $140 million increase in 2024 and a $140 million increase in 2025 to pay for solar-energy projects.

The utility said it expects the March filing to project how the increases would translate to customers’ monthly bills. Ultimately, the Public Service Commission would have to sign off on the rate plan.

The filing said the commission has approved six multi-year rate plans for FPL over the past 22 years, with the plans providing “customers with a framework for rate stability and certainty, while at the same time enabling FPL to maintain a strong credit rating and balance sheet which allows us to consistently raise capital on attractive terms.”

“This financial stability provides the necessary platform for the company to continue to meet the fundamentals of day-to-day operations and customer service, the exigencies of responding to major storms or financial market disruptions and the challenges of making and executing on long-term investments, all of which provide important benefits to our customers,” said the filing, signed by FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. “Multi-year rate plans have worked exceptionally well in meeting those objectives.”

The new proposal is somewhat different, however, because it comes after a merger that started in 2019 when FPL’s parent company, NextEra Energy, purchased Northwest Florida’s Gulf Power. The two utilities have been combining operations, with a merger formally taking place this month. But rates have remained different, with FPL customers having significantly lower monthly bills than Gulf customers.

The proposal said FPL will move to “unified base rates,” but it also indicated that Northwest Florida customers would temporarily pay more for electricity through what is described as a “rider.” Such a rider “would decline to zero over a five-year period,” a footnote in the filing said.

Base-rate cases are among the most closely watched issues at the Public Service Commission, as they involve large amounts of money and extensive financial and technical details. FPL is operating under a base-rate settlement that took effect in January 2017 and will end in December.

In outlining the proposed increases, Monday’s filing pointed to issues such as a need to continue improving the electric grid to prevent outages and a need to add infrastructure to address growing numbers of customers.

“While this growth has a positive impact by spreading existing fixed costs over a larger customer base, it also means that FPL must invest significant additional capital to meet the needs of these additional customers in building out infrastructure, including poles, wires, transformers and other components,” the filing said.

A key issue during the upcoming rate case likely will focus on the utility’s allowed return on equity, a key measure of profitability.

The proposal calls for a “midpoint” of 11.5 percent of the allowed return on equity --- essentially allowing FPL to earn between 10.5 percent and 12.5 percent. That would be up from the currently allowed midpoint of 10.55 percent.

In the filing, FPL said its monthly customer bills would remain below the national average if the proposal is approved.

“FPL's base rate proposal for the consolidated utility system --- encompassing 2022 through 2025 --- will build on the success of the current FPL settlement agreement, with the goal of providing longer-term cost certainty for customers,” the filing said. “We are mindful of the potential impact of any increase --- even for a low-cost provider such as FPL --- and, thus, continue to work aggressively to find ways to deliver better, more efficient and more reliable service to ensure we are providing exceptional value to our customers.”



December 19, 2019    NSF Staff

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ruling in a dispute about whether uninsured-motorist insurance coverage should apply in a 2015 fatal motorcycle accident. The Hernando County case stemmed from the death of Michael Lentini while riding his motorcycle. Lentini had purchased a collector-vehicle insurance policy for his 1992 Chevrolet Corvette, which was not involved in the accident, according to court records. The policy included $300,000 in uninsured-motorist coverage. After Lentini’s death, his estate sought to collect the uninsured-motorist benefits and ultimately sued American Southern Home Insurance. A circuit judge ruled in favor of the insurance company, but a panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal overturned that decision last year. The appeals court said uninsured-motorist coverage follows the policyholder and not the insured vehicle, unless an agreement is signed to limit the coverage. American Southern Home Insurance appealed to the Supreme Court. “The issue before this (Supreme) Court is whether an insurer that issues a reduced premium collector vehicle policy may limit uninsured motorist coverage under that specialty policy to accidents involving the occupancy or use of the collector vehicle,” Justice Ricky Polston wrote in Thursday’s main opinion, joined by Chief Justice Charles Canady and Justice Jorge Labarga. Polston concluded that state law does not allow the “limitations placed on uninsured motorist coverage in the collector vehicle policy at issue.” Justice Carlos Muniz wrote a concurring opinion that was joined by Justice Alan Lawson.

January 6, 2020  Christine Sexton    Jim Saunders

Subscribers: This is the first in a series of stories advancing the 2020 legislative session.

TALLAHASSEE --- The 2020 legislative session will start Jan. 14 as House and Senate members gather to hear Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address.

Lawmakers will take up a wide range of issues during the 60-day session, along with negotiating a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Here are 10 big issues to watch during the session:

ABORTION: The Republican-dominated Legislature is considering a controversial proposal that would require parental consent before minors could get abortions. Florida law already requires parents to be notified if their daughters plan to have abortions, but a consent requirement would be more far-reaching. The full House could vote early in the session to approve the proposal, which also is moving forward in Senate committees.

BUDGET: DeSantis has proposed a $91.4 billion budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, touting plans to set minimum teacher salaries at $47,500 a year and to continue addressing environmental issues. DeSantis’ proposal is a starting point for the House and Senate, which will make changes as they negotiate a final version. Lawmakers also will consider potential election-year tax cuts, with DeSantis proposing sales-tax “holidays” for back-to-school shoppers and for hurricane preparations.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch has warned that the “status quo is unsustainable” in the state prison system, which faces problems with staffing, health-care costs and crumbling facilities. DeSantis, in part, wants to give pay bumps to many correctional officers to try to help retain them. Lawmakers also are expected during the session to consider a series of proposals that would revamp sentencing laws.

EDUCATION: DeSantis has dubbed 2020 the “year of the teacher,” as he pushes a $602 million plan to set minimum teacher salaries at $47,500 and seeks to put in a place a new $300 million bonus program for teachers and principals. But legislative leaders have expressed concerns about the costs of proposals and what Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has described as “practical” issues. Those issues include the longstanding practice of teacher salaries being set at the local level rather than at the direction of the Legislature.

ENVIRONMENT: Since taking office last year, DeSantis has focused on trying to address water-quality issues, including toxic algae booms and red tide in Southeast Florida and Southwest Florida. He wants to continue moving ahead with plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on Everglades restoration and other water-related projects. But lawmakers also will face pressure on issues such as climate change and boosting spending on the Florida Forever conservation program.

HEALTH CARE: So long as Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, leads the House, revamping the health-care industry will remain a priority. The House this year will continue pushing to allow advanced practice registered nurses to provide care independently of physicians, though the Senate has opposed such proposals in the past. The chambers are looking at making changes related to pharmacy benefit managers, which serve as a sort of middlemen between drug manufacturers and pharmacies. The pharmacy-benefit manager proposals come as lawmakers seek to curb prescription drug prices.

IMMIGRATION: DeSantis has made a priority for this year’s session of requiring businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to prevent undocumented immigrants from getting jobs. Lawmakers during the 2019 session passed another DeSantis priority of banning so-called sanctuary cities. But Galvano has balked at the E-Verify proposal, which also could face major pushback from the state’s agriculture, tourism and construction industries.

INSURANCE: With the growing popularity of genetic testing, lawmakers will consider a proposal that would block insurance companies from using genetic information in making decisions on life-insurance and long-term care policies. Supporters of the proposal point to privacy concerns, but insurers fought the issue during the 2019 session. The insurance industry, meanwhile, is lobbying for a proposal that would prevent auto-glass shops from offering incentives for motorists to make windshield-repair claims.

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: The Legislature will closely examine how the state provides Medicaid services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and whether an existing program, dubbed the “iBudget,” should be scrapped. The iBudget program is designed, in part, to help people live as independently as possible in their homes or in their communities. But the costs of care annually exceed the amounts of money lawmakers set aside. Also, 21,800 people with disabilities are on a waiting list for services.

VISIT FLORIDA: The future of Visit Florida could be determined during the session, as Oliva continues pushing to eliminate the tourism-marketing agency. Oliva argues the state does not need Visit Florida to draw tourists, but DeSantis and the Senate have backed the agency. Lawmakers during the 2019 session cut Visit Florida’s funding from $76 million to $50 million, leading to layoffs. DeSantis has proposed maintaining the agency’s funding at $50 million in 2020-2021.
Darrin "Scribe" Brooks
State Vice President
State Legislative Trustee,
ABATE of Florida, Inc.

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Motorcycles are smaller and can easily be lost in blind spots of larger vehicles. Driversneed to be aware of the presence of all vehicles in their vicinity and give motorcycles their full lane of travel. Perception of the speed that a motorcycle is traveling is often misjudged and failure to yield the right-of-way is sighted as the cause in a significant number of motorcycle versus automobile crashes. Statistical reports, no matter how reliable the source, will not stop the motorcycle helmet usage debate, however, the real issue is crash prevention.

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