Among the many bills on today’s Special Order Calendar are:
HB 465 by Rep. John Legg expands the corporate income tax credit scholarship program, which gives tax credits to companies who donate to private sector voucher programs, to also include children in foster care and in certain DJJ programs;
HB 7145 by Rep. Joe Pickens also revises the corporate income tax credit scholarship program, along with the McKay Scholarship program used by some exceptional students;
HB 1079 by Rep. Trey Traviesa would provide an additional sales tax rebate for ongoing maintenance of the publicly-owned St. Pete Times Forum.
HB 905 by Rep. Charlie Dean will be amended today to allow the University of Florida, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida to assess a ‘differential tuition’ to bolster undergraduate teaching; this matches the language in SB 1710;
HB 191 by Rep. Dean would allow “instant bingo” tickets;
HB 1377 by Rep. Tee Holloway revises the regulations for cardrooms, including allowing tournaments;
HB 213 by Rep. Dorothy Hukill proposes a couple of changes to Florida’s elections: all elections will be by optical scan system and cities and counties can hold elections entirely by mail; and
HB 213 by Rep. Ray Sansom would call for a special election on November 6, 2007 for voting on the property tax reform package.
Today’s Senate Special Order Calendar includes a number of bills, but none worth mentioning here. (None of them seem particularly controversial at first glance.) The Senate will also be passing a number of Claims Bills, including one for Martin Lee Anderson, a teen killed at a boot camp in Bay County.