Sixty Days — A prime-time look at the 2018 Legislative Session

The Last 24

While the pundit class may gnash its teeth over President Donald Trump announcing a move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Gov. Rick Scott stands with his “partner in the White House.”

Meanwhile, Scott’s request for lawmakers to boost tourism marketing by $24 million next year might be a tough sell in the House.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran visited the C-SPAN bus for an interview, saying Sen. Jack Latvala is “heading toward expulsion” and that the Clearwater Republican hasn’t resigned because of an “entitlement mentality.”

Corcoran also publicly supported a legislative push to make texting while driving a primary offense under state law. Now, officers need to have another reason before they can pull a driver over.

The House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee passed HB 405, which gives the Public Service Commission “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether underground transmission lines are required for power plant projects. It was its second stop, and the bill is now on its way to a third and final committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a financial literacy bill, its third and final committee stop before heading to the Senate floor for the 2018 Session. SB 88, filed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, would replace a half-credit of electives with a half-credit of required personal financial literacy instruction for students entering high school in the 2018-19 year.

And state Sen. Dana Young is defending her fantasy sports bill for 2018, saying the Seminole Tribe’s criticism of her measure and related legislation is “off point.”

Quote of the Day

“It is time for you to decisively pursue justice.” — GOP candidate for Attorney General and state Rep. Ross Spano, in a letter

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