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Florida Five: Scott pledges funding for transportation projects, Bondi dusts competitors in fundraising

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Take a look at the day’s top political stories in Tuesday’s Florida Five:

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Scott pledges funding for major transportation projects: Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced plans for almost $350 million in spending on transportation projects for Orlando International Airport and a toll road in Pinellas County. Read more.

Pam Bondi dusts competitors in fundraising: Outside of Rick Scott, the only conceivable statewide target Democrats have in their sights for November is Pam Bondi, but so far her challengers have yet to impress with their fundraising prowess. With less than nine months to go until the general election, neither George Sheldon, who entered the race in October, or Perry Thurston, who got in on Nov. 1, have come close to matching Bondi’s fundraising pace. Read more.

Senate panel approves higher penalties for welfare fraud: A Senate panel today cleared a bill cracking down on welfare fraud, despite a lack of evidence that there’s a problem. The bill (SB 7044) was hurriedly but unanimously approved by the Senate Criminal Justice committee in the last five minutes of its two-hour meeting. Read more.

Senate president backs repealing red light cameras: Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, are no fans of red-light cameras — that much is clear. Echoing comments by the speaker, Gaetz said in a televised interview last week that he would support repealing the state’s red-light camera law. Read more.

Legislation could limit growth of Fla. vacation rentals: Local governments want back some control over short-term vacation rentals, contending that a nearly 3-year-old state law has allowed little-regulated mini-hotels to grow amid residential communities. But supporters of the 2011 law say Florida has achieved three consecutive years of record-setting tourism numbers in part by allowing homeowners to seasonally rent their properties. Read more.

Bonus: Former NASA astronaut Bob Crippen will land in Fla. Capitol for Space Day

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