As the legislative session begins, here are top bills to watch in Tallahassee

As the 2017 Florida Legislature session begins, click the Bill No. link to access specific bill status, committees to hear the bill, staff analysis on the bill and more … Click here to read more

Former Martin Commissioner explains restoration of septic rules: ‘A gift for our waterways’

Maggy Hurchalla was a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point: “Tallahassee gave Martin County waterways a late Christmas present … Click here to read more

CBS Miami: Environmentalists optimistic over Everglades reservoir money

“Environmentalists will be pushing to get money from Florida lawmakers for a reservoir in the Everglades this upcoming special legislative session and they’re optimistic about getting it,” according to CBS Miami. “But so far, only a handful of legislative leaders have proposed such funding as they prepare to return to Tallahassee on Monday to work on the state budget. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, … Click here to read more

PB Post: Lawyers want water district’s Meeker deposed on billboard contract

Four days after Melissa Meeker’s surprise resignation as executive director of the South Florida Water Management District, attorneys want to force her to testify about how a company owned by a former board member and her ex-business partner won a lucrative contract to build billboards on district land. … Click here to read more

Guns and Florida: a brief history

The killings of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month have led to a renewed debate over access to guns all over America. In the halls of Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee, gun rights are a perennial political issue, with predictable results … Click here to read more

TC Newspapers: Martin County’s lobbyist, Ballard Partners, also works for All Aboard Florida

“Martin County’s lobbyist is working for All Aboard Florida. A Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation reveals the predicament at a crucial time when the passenger train project needs 17 permits from six state agencies … Click here to read more