Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Regulated Industries

Craft beer debate includes … Chance the Rapper?

in Statewide/Top Headlines by
chance the rapper

Craft brewers can thank Chance the Rapper for getting this year’s beer bill over its first legislative hurdle. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Wednesday cleared the measure (SB 554) on a 6-3 vote. Democrats Perry Thurston and Randolph Bracy joined Republican Lizbeth Benacquisto in opposing the bill.   But Oscar Braynon, the chamber’s Democratic Leader, said he would support the legislation because of the example of the 23-year-old Chicago-based rap star. The measure would allow smaller craft brewers to…

Keep Reading

Travis Hutson telecom bill would preempt right of way regulation

in Statewide by

Newly filed legislation could affect how much power local governments have to regulate the right of way when it comes to telecommunications equipment. Sen. Travis Hutson, chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries committee, filed the “Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act” (SB 596) on Monday. The bill, among other things, would prohibit the Department of Transportation and certain local governments from prohibiting, regulating or charging for placing small wireless facilities in rights of way. Under Hutson’s bill, local governments can’t require…

Keep Reading

Richard Corcoran already vexed by Senate gambling plan

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is saving the profanities—for now. At a Thursday press availability, Corcoran was asked about comments by a lobbyist involved in this year’s gambling legislation, which the Senate has taken the lead on with an omnibus bill (SB 8). The person was overheard in a Capitol corridor saying he had spoken with the Speaker about the bill: “He’s not going for this free-for-all … He is going to let [the Senate] have their kitchen-sink charade for now.” “Those aren’t words that…

Keep Reading

Senate panel OKs gambling overhaul bill, including Seminole provisions

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

The Florida Senate has seemingly fast-tracked the chamber’s gambling overhaul for this year, as its first panel gave unanimous thumbs up to the measure one hour into a meeting that had been scheduled to last four. The bill (SB 8) was cleared Wednesday by the Regulated Industries committee, which oversees gambling policy. It has only one more stop, Appropriations, before it can be heard on the floor. The 2017 Legislative Session begins March 7. The measure ensures “substantial positive impacts for many…

Keep Reading

Senate to set marathon 4-hour hearing on gambling bill

in Statewide/Top Headlines by
card games

The Senate’s gambling legislation for 2017 will be filed Thursday, according to state Sen. Bill Galvano. Bet on a lot of talk about it: The Regulated Industries Committee has set aside four hours to discuss it at its next meeting. A tentative schedule posted Wednesday on the Senate’s website shows its Jan. 25 meeting beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The committee oversees gambling policy. Committee chair Travis Hutson, said his members will begin going over the bill being handled by Galvano, one of…

Keep Reading

Regulated Industries panel clears automated lotto tickets, cosmetics bills

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

In a quick 20-minute hearing Wednesday morning, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee passed bills to allow lottery tickets to be sold in machines and to require cosmetics makers to register with the state. The Senate panel, led by Chairman Sen. Rob Bradley, an Orange Park Republican and former prosecutor, passed both bills without much debate. Sen. Jeff Brandes said his SB 176 would help Florida consumers know who they’re dealing with when they buy cosmetics products, sometimes sold on the gray market on sites such as…

Keep Reading

Charlotte’s Web glitch-bill language: More licenses, more products and more diseases authorized

in Top Headlines by

The fix is in. Earlier today, state Sen. Rob Bradley’s language for a Charlotte’s Web glitch bill was released. The proposal will be addressed in a public meeting Tuesday and increases the number of licenses to grow marijuana to 20, expands the number of illnesses authorized to be treated with a medicinal cannabis product, changes the definition of applicant — providing the legal shield from federal banking regulations growers sought– and lowers the financial requirements to be eligible to participate in growing a nascent…

Keep Reading

Go to Top