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The Delegation for 8.16.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Even the latest tragedy cannot bring Americans closer together The schism between Americans grew a bit wider over the weekend. A white supremacist fueled by hate tried to kill a group supporting the removal of Confederate statues. Sadly, he managed to end the life of one victim. In an act that should unite our elected officials and all fair-minded Americans, it actually took us further apart. President Trump condemned the action Saturday, but when he talked about acts of violence “from many…

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Pinellas legislative delegation could dissolve contractor licensing board

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Members of the Pinellas Legislative Delegation are scheduled to consider a local bill to dissolve the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. The bill is one of two regarding the PCCLB sponsored by state Rep. Larry Ahern and state Sen. Jack Latvala. A local bill applies to a certain area only, rather than the entire state. In this case, the law would only affect the PCCLB, not any other licensing boards. The other bill would increase the number of members of the board…

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Construction board says eliminating it will leave home, business owners unprotected

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Faced with the possibility that members of the Legislative Delegation could move next week to eliminate it, the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is fighting back. In a 15-page memorandum to the delegation, the board argues that its existence is necessary to protect home and business owners against unscrupulous and unlicensed contractors. Eliminating the agency “opens a dangerous door for Pinellas County home and business owners to be unprotected, reverting the construction industry back to the stone ages of the…

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Pinellas legislative delegation schedules meeting next week

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, chair of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, has scheduled the second regular public hearing for the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive in Largo. The library is located in the Central Park complex near the intersection of Missouri and East Bay Drive. This meeting will include voting on proposed local bills, presentations focusing on jobs and economic…

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Lawmakers learn Pinellas is responsible for half of Florida’s wastewater overflow this year

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Lack of capacity, deteriorating sewer lines, broken equipment, and an immense amount of rain are to blame for overwhelmed sewer systems that have dumped more than 248 million gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waterways so far this year. Those explanations, provided to the county’s legislative delegation during a fact-finding session Tuesday, did not sit well with at least one delegation member. “I get frustrated when I hear excuses and I hear climate change,”…

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