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Florida Lawmakers to Vote Thursday on Budget

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

(NSF) — Florida lawmakers will vote Thursday on a record $93.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes spending $500 million to increase teacher pay and bolstering reserves as the novel coronavirus threatens state revenues. The budget was distributed Sunday evening, starting a legally required 72-hour review period before lawmakers can vote on it. The House and Senate scheduled …

Florida Legislative Session to Wrap Up Wednesday

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative

The last full week of the 2020 Florida Legislative Session has come to an end, but due to lawmakers working a bit longer on budget issues, it was extended a few days. Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, says they hope to wrap it all up next Wednesday. So again, the Florida Legislative Session should end …

Productive Week 6 for Alabama Legislature

Clint Thompson Alabama, Legislative

Week six of the Alabama Legislative Session was a productive one, according to Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC) Executive Director Leigha Cauthen. She looks at a few of the bills of interest across the state. To keep up with the bills being discussed this year, go to the AAC website.

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Bill Seeks to Add ‘Teeth’ to Environmental Laws

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

(NSF) — An increase in fines for environmental lawbreakers, a priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis, is heading to his desk. The House voted 115-0 on Thursday to give final approval to a proposal (HB 1091) that would make numerous changes in the amounts and duration of penalties for violating Florida environmental laws. The Senate also unanimously backed the bill earlier …

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Public Lands Council Cancels 2020 Legislative Conference

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

(PLC) — Following the temporary closure of the U.S. Capitol to the public, and pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations regarding large gatherings amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak, Public Lands Council (PLC) officials announced the cancellation of the upcoming 2020 Legislative Conference. “PLC prioritizes the safety of Legislative Conference attendees,” said PLC executive director Kaitlynn …

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NCBA Cancels Spring Legislative Conference

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Legislative

(NCBA) — NCBA leadership understands the anxiety and uncertainty that has resulted from the spread of COVID-19, and we’re committed to doing our part to alleviate those concerns and to help prevent any further transmission. In the past 24 hours, the U.S. Capitol complex has been closed to the public and a state of emergency declaration was made by the …

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Coronavirus Affects Georgia Legislative Session

Dan Georgia, Legislative

It was a hectic week nine of the 2020 Georgia Legislative Session, as crossover day took place meaning various bills were discussed. But Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) President Will Bentley, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that a major decision was made late this afternoon, all due to the Coronavirus. To keep track of activities during the 2020 Legislative Session go to …

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Budget Causing Extension of Florida Legislative Session

Dan Florida, Legislative

We’ve been telling you the 2020 Florida Legislative Session is scheduled to end March 13th. But this last week it was evident that isn’t going to happen, as Legislators will need extra time to hammer out the state budget for next fiscal year. Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) Director of Governmental Affairs, Sam Ard, explains. The some $1.5 billion gap between the proposed …

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Ag Lime Labeling Bill Moving in Alabama Legislature

Dan Alabama, Legislative

Alabama lawmakers have made it through five weeks of the 2020 Alabama Legislative Session, but thus far there haven’t been many bills of interest to agriculture in the state discussed. But Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC) Executive Director Leigha Cauthen looks at a few that have, including the ag lime labeling bill. To keep up with the bills being discussed this …

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House, Senate Face Negotiations on E-Verify

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration, Legislative

(NSF) — As the legislative session wanes, competing proposals that would require employers to check whether new hires are legally eligible to work in the United States are heading to the House and Senate floors. Both measures would force all public employers — such as state agencies and local school districts — to use E-Verify, a federal immigration program that …