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Commissioners consider concealed carry for Manatee County employees 

Manatee County Commissioner James Satcher wants employees to be able to exercise their Second Amendment right at work. “We’ve got 2,000 employees that are spending 40 plus hours a week at work, and right now, they’re not able to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Commissioner Satcher.  



Collier County commissioners vote down rental ordinance 

Commissioners voted down an ordinance that would have required landlords to give tenants a 60-day notice if the rent was going up more than five-percent. The ordinance will be addressed again at the next meeting, though some people are not happy about Tuesday’s decision. Elizabeth Radi with the Collier County Tenant Union says the ordinance would’ve bought people time to look for a new home, if they had to. 


Northwest Florida Daily News 

Are tiny homes the solution to Walton’s workforce housing issue? Seaside developer thinks so 

Andres Duany, the architect and urban planner who designed the Walton County community of Seaside, has begun turning his attention to a pressing need for workforce housing. His developing solution, outlined in front of a small group of local business people, community activists and others Monday at the Seaside Assembly Hall, is a new take on “tiny houses,” easily portable structures that can be built elsewhere and brought to the community and placed on raw land or even in parking lots. 

Broward sheriff, commissioner have heated back and forth while discussing county’s 911 problems 

Tuesday was supposed to be just a presentation by Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, speaking about the issues BSO is currently having with staffing at the 911 call centers. At one point, things got a bit heated between the sheriff and one of the commissioners. Tony started off by presenting to the commissioners, explaining that about 20 percent of their communications staff positions are unfilled. 



Leon County Commission joins opioid settlement, denies gun buyback program, and will continue working on Lake Hall budget 

The Leon County Commission wants to preserve local history, bring money to the community to combat the opioid crisis, and figure out the best way to reduce gun violence. All of these were agenda items at Tuesday’s meeting. Here’s some insight into that meeting: “I would like the commission to take a more proactive approach,” Jeremy Block said. 

Local and municipal governments won’t be required to post legal notices in local newspapers under a new law Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Tuesday night. 

Instead, governments can publish notices digitally on websites maintained by county governments. HB 7049 allows local governments to continue to post notices in local papers if they choose but the bill changes the law to make clear that notices can be posted in papers that are distributed for free. 

988 Hotline for Mental Health Emergencies Will Launch Nationwide on July 16. Will States be Ready? 

A new, three-digit number for mental health emergencies is set to roll out nationally in about nine weeks but some states still aren’t ready to handle what experts predict could be a crush of calls. The federally-mandated 988 system will strengthen and expand the existing 10-digit National Suicide Prevention hotline. It’s meant to make it easier for people in crisis to get the help they need without routing their calls through 911 public safety dispatchers. 

EV Charging Station Map Highlights Disparities 

Today’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure is concentrated along the coasts and in major cities. To expand electric vehicle use nationwide, the departments of Transportation and Energy announced funding for a national electric vehicle charging network in February.  Over the next five years, the program will provide nearly $5 billion to create a network of EV charging stations along Federal Highway Administration-designated alternative fuel corridors on major interstates.  

Austin Becomes First Texas City To Test a Taxpayer-funded “Guaranteed Income” Program 

Austin joins at least 28 U.S. cities, like Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh, that have tried out some form of “guaranteed income” — financial assistance targeted at needy households. “Austin becomes first Texas city to test a taxpayer-funded “guaranteed income” program” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.