5 things to watch at the Florida Legislature on Monday

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 7, 2014 

From the Herald-Times Tallahassee Bureau

Monday marks the start of the sixth week of the nine-week Florida legislative session. Here are five things to watch:

* Gov. Rick Scott has suspended the commissions of dozens of notaries public in Florida over the past year for infractions such as failing to witness a notarized signature. Three notaries are challenging Scott's actions and their cases will be considered by the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee, chaired by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

* Attorney General Pam Bondi's office would create a new Sexual Predator and Sexual Offender Absconder Strike Force under legislation to be considered by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. The bill (SB 1416) is by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach.

* A fledgling professional soccer franchise in Orlando could qualify for stadium funding under a bill (SB 618) to be debated in the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee. The bill sponsor is Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs.

* Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, is the featured speaker at a 9 a.m. rally to promote greater awareness of Florida's natural springs, to be held in the Capitol courtyard. April is Springs Awareness Month and Dean chairs the Senate committee that oversees environmental issues.

* Monday marks the start of Children's Week in the state Capitol, when numerous exhibits and displays are devoted to the young people who are Florida's future.

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