Florida Senate approves bill preventing anyone under 17 from marrying

4 Percent Teacher Pay Raise Bill Reaches House Following Senate Procedural Confusion

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Wednesday night that the bill tackles the state's growing opioid problem like the public health crisis that it is.

The bill requires that 50 percent of all teachers eligible to be members of a teachers' union must be dues-paying members or else the union may not be recertified.

"If I were to choose bills, I'd choose the Speaker's bill", Rothfuss said. While he's not terminally ill, he says its important for people who are suffering to hear words of hope.

The program is mainly aimed at staff such as coaches and school personnel, with teachers eligible if they have military or law enforcement experience.

"I think the key word is 'may.' The body determines whether that's the fact, not a junior attorney in his second year at LSO", Harshman said.

"There is a lot of people digging in in their position, and they don't want to budge at this point", Beach said on WAJR's Morgantown AM Monday.

He said there's not much reason for optimism, but Sen. Tom Lee from Thonotosassa broke with his party on this section, calling it "mean-spirited". "We have to accept this poison pill and slap the teachers of Florida in the face".

The bill heads to the floor of the Senate for a vote before the House of Representatives would have a chance to vote on it.

The almost two-week standoff in West Virginia comes at a time when states and districts are struggling to retain and recruit quality teachers.

Justice on Tuesday signed into law House Bill 4145, establishing a 5-percent pay increase for State Police, public school teachers and school service employees effective July 1.

State Rep. Nadine Nakamura, who supports the bill, spoke about the loss of her father and brother. The program has been one of the top wish-list items for Corcoran.

A bill that would make it a civil violation to falsely present an animal as a service animal passed the state Senate on Tuesday and now moves to the House. The amended version no longer included the savings diversions, as several committee members expressed concern it went beyond the bill's stated scope of amending funding levels.

In the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, however, Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, argued that cutting severance taxes in the third and fourth year of production for new wells would incentivize more drilling in Wyoming. It also would ban insurers and HMOs from using prior authorization or "step therapy" or making other requirements as a prerequisite to the use of medication-assisted therapy in treating substance abuse. The House wanted to allow people who are age 16 or 17 to get married under certain circumstances that include pregnancy.

The House effectively killed the Senate's education funding proposal last Friday, which proposed cuts of at least $108 million over the next three years.

Governor Rick Scott declined to say whether he would sign the legislation.