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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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Fight for $15 activists storm Pinellas Legislative Delegation meeting

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A dozen community activists and low wage workers saturated the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday at USF St. Pete with pleas to increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour. The speakers represented more than a third of those scheduled to address the delegation. Mimi Hopkins was first to speak. She’s 28 years old and has never taken a vacation. Instead, she uses what ever paid time off she gets from her minimum wage job to work overtime…

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Tierra Verde fire district bill looks all but doomed

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A plan to give Tierra Verde residents a path toward creating an independent fire district will probably be dead on arrival in the 2016 Legislative Session despite being approved by the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation during a meeting at USF St. Pete Tuesday. A bill sponsored by Representative Kathleen Peters and Senator Jack Latvala would allow residents in the upscale waterfront community to force a referendum asking voters whether or not to approve a new fire district by compiling petitions…

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Rick Kriseman lays out 2016 legislative priorities

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman was first up at a Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday to lay out his list of priorities for the legislative session next year. Two of his proposals are repeat asks from last year that were not approved. That includes funding for a Bus Rapid Transit pilot program that would create an express bus route connecting downtown St. Pete to the beaches along First Avenues North and South. Powerhouse State Senator Jack Latvala left a…

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Pinellas legislative delegation split on PSTA partnership with Uber

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Members of Pinellas County’s legislative delegation heard a number of issues during a meeting Tuesday morning, but none was more heated a debate than a pilot program planned for the county’s transit agency. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller had just two minutes to list his legislative priorities this session. That includes a $1 million ask for final design funding for the proposed Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit line that would create an express route from connecting downtown St.…

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