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Senate Bill 514. Increase the average pay of election supervisors by $18,540: Passed 58 to 54 in the House on March 8, 2016 and 36 to 4 in the Senate on March 3, 2016
To change a number (known as the "group number") used in a formula to calculate how much election supervisors are paid in each county. According to a report from the Florida Senate, the change would increase the average cost to counties by $18,540 per year and increase the average salary of a supervisor by 18.7 percent.
House Bill 7007. Prohibit local governments from banning Styrofoam food packages: Passed 110 to 4 in the House on March 9, 2016 and 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016.
To prevent local governments from enacting ordinances that regulate the use of polystyrene containers (which often go by the brand name Styrofoam), reserving that power to the state government. It also reserves to the state ("preempts") the power to regulate commercial (e.g., cattle) feed.
Senate Bill 668. Establish a presumption that children in divorce cases will spend half their time with each parent: Passed 74 to 38 in the House on March 8, 2016 and 24 to 14 in the Senate on March 4, 2016.
To establish a presumption that children in divorce cases will spend half their time with each parent; also ends lifetime payments for alimony.
House Joint Resolution 275. Let some senior citizens keep their property tax exemptions when the value of their home goes higher than $250,000: Passed 113 to 0 in the House on February 11, 2016, and 39 to 0 in the Senate on March 9, 2016.
To benefit low-income, long-term state residents who are at least 65 years old and have a property tax exemption because their primary home is worth less than $250,000. If voters approve this constitutional amendment such residents could maintain their exemptions even if the value of their property is above $250,000 cap.
House Bill 1365. Let students test out of subjects. Passed 31 to 6 in the Senate on March 10, 2016.
To let students earn high school credits by passing state or other specified tests rather than have to spend a certain amount of time in the classroom. The law establishes a pilot program for two counties.