The TGIF edition of the Florida Five brings you today’s top political stories from around the state.
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney for – Fla. CFO? Some say it makes sense: Most eyes are on Tallahassee as Republicans ponder a replacement for Jeff Atwater to serve as state CFO. But there is one possible candidate who has been more tied to Washington in recent years — Tom Rooney. Read more.
Gov. Scott calls out Obama for ignoring flood insurance reforms: Facing unaffordable flood insurance rate hikes that will affect many Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott is calling on President Obama to do something about it. Read more.
Key senators agree on springs bill: A key group of Senate committee chairmen meeting among themselves on Thursday agreed to support filing a bill that would provide nearly $380 million a year to remove or improve septic tanks to protect springs and groundwater. Read more.
Bill calls for tougher residency rules for lawmakers: Sen. Jack Latvala asserted in a news conference today that as many as 10 percent of state lawmakers don’t reside in their district, and he and Rep. Ray Rodrigues are filing legislation to finally define residency for elected officials and candidates in statutes. Read more.
House panel approves ban on new red-light cameras: Installation of new red-light cameras would be banned across the state under a bill that passed a key committee in the Florida House Thursday, signaling a renewed debate over the devices’ use to catch traffic-light violations. Read more.
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