South Florida’s Miami-Dade County could be the only local government in the nation to provide heat-related protections for outdoor workers in the construction and agriculture industries, though advocates claim the proposal has been watered down due to lobbying by business interests.
Tampa Bay Times
Last week, when state Rep. Linda Chaney announced plans to craft a bill that would change the special act behind Pinellas County’s transit authority for the first time in more than 20 years, she offered few details but repeated one refrain: “transparency and accountability.”
Battling the consolidation of the Monroe and Miami-Dade counties court systems and creating affordable housing were the top two priorities local government leaders came up with when they met Thursday, Nov. 2, to discuss the upcoming state legislative session, which starts in January.
Last week, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office announced they are outfitting deputies with body cameras.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced over $213,000 in funding to support education in 12 fiscally constrained Florida counties. The funding comes from proceeds from operating Florida’s state forests, including the sale of timber and recreation fees from millions of annual visitors.
PACE faces funding crisis due to non-collection by tax administrators who are not adding the fixed-rate assessments to property tax bills