and Senate are ready to begin the hard part of the session – finishing a
budget. Both chambers took up their budget proposals this week and then agreed
to disagree over how to fund the state of Florida. In a typical procedural
maneuver, the House took up the Senate proposals one by one; striped out the
Senate’s appropriations; and inserted the House positions as replacements. The
Senate did not concur with this action, which is usual, and we are heading to
conference committee period will be proceeded by an unofficial back and forth
negotiation between the chambers on spending priorities . . . meaning when the
conference committees publicly meet an agreement will be close to
point, we have four weeks left.
Days were last week and we had a great group from Miami in town with us. President
Steadman Stahl, Executive VP John Jenkins, VP David Greenwood, Secretary Mary
Ann Stahl, Attorney Joe Bober, General Counsel Andrew Axelrad, and Executive
Director Steve Shiver were all in town representing the PBA from Miami. They
helped kick off Senator Lauren Book’s 42 hours for 42 million and followed that
up by serving paella to the masses.
joined by Senior VP Mick McHale, VP Jim Baiardi, CPO President Tammy Marcus,
CPO VP Anna Jackson, along with Lobbyists Gary Bradford and Ken Kopczynski.
we are as of today.
Pay raises for State Law Enforcement Officers, Lottery Law Enforcement Officers, FDLE Special Agents, Florida Highway Patrol, Correctional Probation Officers, and Correctional Officers
budget proposal SB 2500 includes pay raises for three groups of our bargaining
Correctional Probation Officers to receive a $2,500 to the base rate of pay.
Institutional Security Specialists to receive $2,500 to the base rate of pay. Institutional
Security Specialists are certified Correctional Officers who work for the
Department of Children & Families and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
Florida Highway Patrol will receive a 3% special pay adjustment to the base
rate of pay.
budget proposal APC 1 does not include pay raises for any of our bargaining
unit members .
previously stated, the budget is headed for conference committee. We have to
keep what we have in the budget for the Probation Officers, Institutional
Security Specialists and FHP plus add in all we need for Correctional Officers,
State Law Enforcement Officers and FDLE Special Agents. Senator Rob Bradley
made multiple mentions to pay raises during his floor comments. We still have
an opening to make this happen with four weeks to go.
SB 784 by Senator Joe Gruters and HB 779 by Representative Chuck Clemons
The study is
back. The actuary looked at creating two different versions of a COLA floor. Version
I is creating a floor at 2%. Version II
creates a 1.5% floor.
Based on the
study, Version I will require a $118 million impact to this year’s budget
although most of the impact is on counties with the state’s impact set at $24
will require a $59 million impact to this year’s budget with $12.4 million
required from state coffers.
SB 784 is on
the agenda in the Senate Government Oversight & Accountability next
SB 920 by Senator Jason Pizzo and HB 1021 by Representative Chris Latvala
The idea is
to help speed up the process for an arrest of a DNA match. Current law,
requires a search warrant to collect a buccal swab of a person who matches a
crime scene sample and an offender profile in CODIS. This step was added
because sample collections are performed by humans and humans make mistakes. However,
we strongly believe that a warrant for arrest should be an option available to
a judge when a CODIS match is found.
SB 920 by
Senator Jason Pizzo is on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Monday agenda.
HB 1021 by
Representative Chris Latvala is on the House Judiciary Committee’s agenda for
SB 76 by Senator Wilton Simpson and HB 45 or 107 by Representatives Emily Slosberg and Jackie Toledo
legislation will make texting while driving, or, perhaps even, distracted
driving a primary traffic offense. The question over whether this offense
should be texting while driving, or distracted driving is dividing the
HB 107 by
Representatives Jackie Toledo and Emily Slosberg passed the House State Affairs
Committee on Thursday, April 4th by unanimous vote .
We continue to be involved in the debate around criminal justice reform. The Senate is conducting a full scale review of our sentencing laws to specifically include minimum mandatory sentences for drug offenses, along incarceration models and diversion programs.
We are also working with other special interests groups on an array of issues during this session. You can always contact me if there’s a question about something that I did, or did not cover.