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Senate committee OK’s 3 bills: job protection, veteran IDs, emergency management

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Three bills were passed unanimously Tuesday by members of the Senate Military and Veteran’s Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee as legislators shuffled back into the state capital following a long holiday weekend.

Gulf Breeze Republican Doug Broxson, the committee’s vice-chair, led the 45-minute meeting.

SB 370, introduced by Lakeland Republican Kelli Stargel, requires certain public and private employers to provide up to 15 days “of unpaid leave to an employee engaged in a Civil Air Patrol mission, or training,” prohibiting the firing of members of the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol because of his or her absence in the duty.

SB 440, introduced by Jacksonville Democrat Audrey Gibson, who chairs the committee, expands “the list of forms of identification which a notary public may rely on in notarizing a signature on a document to include a veteran health information card,” in the event a veteran doesn’t have a state-issued ID card or driver’s license.

SB 464, introduced by Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens, creates an interagency workgroup to share information, coordinate ongoing efforts and collaborate on initiatives relating to natural hazards, and designates each relevant county director of the division of emergency management, or his or her subordinate, as the liaison to, and coordinator of, the workgroup.”

Later, Veterans Florida gave a presentation.

 

Les Neuhaus is an all-platform journalist, with specialties in print reporting and writing. In addition to Florida Politics, he freelances as a general-assignment and breaking-news reporter for most of the major national daily newspapers, along with a host of digital media, and a human rights group. A former foreign correspondent across Africa and Asia, including the Middle East, Les covered a multitude of high-profile events in chronically-unstable nations. He’s a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, in which he served as a Security Policeman, and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in political science. He is a proud father to his daughter and enjoys spending time with his family.

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