Senate to focus on “Pop Tart” bill, speed limits, juvenile sentencing and medical tourism

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With the Florida Legislature taking the week off and scheduling committee meetings on Monday and Tuesday, the Senate faces a surge in bills when it reconvenes April 23.

One measure the Senate expects to pass is HB 7035 to overhaul laws on juvenile sentencing involving cases of murders or other serious felonies. It will begin considering a proposal (SB 392) that could allow the Department of Transportation to raise speed limits on some highways to as much as 75 mph.

Also on the agenda are two proposals supported by gun-rights advocates. Another measure (SB 1060), known as the “Pop Tart” bill, prevents schoolchildren from being punished for guns pictured on clothing (or expressing an opinion on the Second Amendment) or represent firearms while playing.

Another bill (SB 544) gives tax collectors the ability to accept applications for concealed-weapon licenses.

A few health-care measures are in front of the Senate, such as SB 1150, which proposes boosting “medical tourism.”

As for the House, they are scheduled reconvene Monday, but has not yet published the schedule of bills for consideration.

Both chambers have taken the week off for Passover and Easter holidays.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.