Last night the Tallahassee City Commission approved changes to the noise ordinance and voted 3-2 to ratify the police union agreement. In addition, one commissioner said that city government is broken and another challenged their colleagues to take a drug test. Get the details.
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TR’s Leon County Commission meeting briefs from the March 21 meeting address the waste collection vendor vote and the marijuana decriminalization proposal.
Leon County Commissioners considered a proposal, backed by Commissioner Bill Proctor, that the county should buy portions of the Apalachicola National Forest with the intentions of developing affordable housing. Commissioner Christian Caban said that a better alternative is increasing housing density in the city’s urban core.
The Florida Department of Education is considering an expansion of the Parental Right in Education Act that would prohibit all classroom discussion regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in all of Florida’s K-13 public schools. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law last year that, at first, was only directed towards K-3 grades.
Florida Senate Bill 264 is heading to the floor of the Senate. The bill is priority legislation for Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson that would prohibit six countries from buying or holding interest in Florida land. Among the nations included include China.
Less than 24 hours after an “open carry” amendment was added to Florida’s permitless carry bill, the amendment has been withdrawn. As it currently stands, the bill would simply repeal the requirement that Floridians would need a permit in order to carry concealed. State Rep. Mike Beltran filed the amendment, but quickly withdrew it saying, “I think it’s good policy, but this wasn’t the right vehicle or the right time. I think that we can try to lock in permitless and then where we can get this another time.” Florida House Speaker Paul Renner and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo said the current iteration of the bill was fine and Passidomo went so far to say she’s opposed to open carry.
The ACC announced the indoor track and field Performers of the Year Wednesday and FSU’S Jeremiah Davis was named the Indoor Field Performer of the Year. Davis, who was the ACC Outdoor Field MVP in 2022, is a 5-time first team All-American as a long and triple jumper. He has finished first 11 times over his career so far including six times already in 2022-23.