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Annette Taddeo seeks to undo Florida gun preemption law

Sen. Annette Taddeo has filed a bill that would allow local governments to approve stricter gun measures without state approval. Currently, local governments are preempted from passing gun control measures that are more restrictive than those passed by the state Legislature. But Taddeo’s bill (SB 134) would fully repeal a 1987 law that preempted that state action. It’s unlikely the GOP-controlled Legislature would go along with such an effort. The late Wednesday filing comes less than two weeks after a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Wednesday also marked the start of the 2019-20 school year.

News Service Florida

APPEALS COURT BLOCKS CITY STYROFOAM BAN

Siding with the Florida Retail Federation and upholding the constitutionality of state laws, an appeals court Wednesday rejected a 2016 move by the city of Coral Gables to ban the use of Styrofoam food containers. A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal overturned a ruling by a Miami-Dade County circuit judge who found three state laws unconstitutional and determined Coral Gables was not prevented from enacting the Styrofoam ban. The case focused heavily on a wide-ranging Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services bill that state lawmakers passed in March 2016.

Sun Sentinel

FPL seeks state approval to slash energy-efficiency goals

Florida homeowners could lose out on discounts for more energy-efficient air-conditioning units and other energy-reduction programs if the regulators allow Florida Power & Light Co. and other state utilities to slash energy-efficiency goals, critics say. Utilities are proposing energy-reduction goals of “zero” or nearly zero at a hearing that started Monday before the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee. The hearing could last several days. Juno Beach-based FPL is proposing a decrease in goals of 99.9 percent, to 1.03 gigawatt hours from 526 gigawatt hours in 2014.