Last Call for 7.2.19 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

A digest of the day's politics and policy while the bartender refreshes your drink.

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

First Shot

The state’s Department of Education wants to “require quick reporting … by school districts when there are allegations of misconduct by school district staff that affect the health, safety or welfare of a student.”

That’s according to a new rule-making notice that appeared Tuesday in the Florida Administrative Register. 

“Additionally, the purpose is to clarify the alleged misconduct that requires expeditious reporting and the information that should be reported,” the notice said. 

“The effect of the rule will be to promote the expeditious investigation of complaints, as well as allowing a timely mechanism for (Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran) to exercise his authority to recommend removal of school district personnel from direct student contact.”

A rule development workshop is tentatively set for July 16, to be held by telephone. A request for comment to a department spokesperson was pending as of Tuesday afternoon. 

“The preliminary text of the proposed rule is not available at this time,” the notice said. 

Evening Reads

House committee files lawsuit for Donald Trump tax returns” via Jessica Gresko of The Associated Press

‘I don’t believe there will be a deal’ between US and China, says Rick Scott” via Elliot Smith of CNBC

Florida duty-free magnates finance controversial Israeli settlements” via The Associated Press

Immigration activists protest over poor conditions in detention facilities” via Mitch Perry of the Florida Phoenix

Record advertising wave heading for swing states in 2020” via Elena Schneider of POLITICO

Amendment 4 fallout for felons: ‘It’s extremely disappointing. It is frustrating, and it is disheartening.’” via Mitch Perry of the Florida Phoenix

Florida officials ask judge to reject ballot signature lawsuit” via Gary Fineout of POLITICO

Jimmy Patronis should be investigated for posting report, lawyer for harassment victim says” via Lawrence Mower of the Tampa Bay Times

How to make a winning pitch to the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund” via Graham Colton of the Tampa Bay Business Journal

Follow the money: 13 questions from the latest campaign finance filings” via Peter Schorsch and Drew Wilson of Florida Politics

No charges filed in Scott Maddox groping complaint because of statute of limitations” via Jeff Burlew of the Tallahassee Democrat

Florida tourism: Nearly closed visitor center to remain open” via The Associated Press

Quote of the Day

“She took advantage of the system, taxpayers, and people in need — including adults and children — all to facilitate an elaborate system of fraud.” — Sarasota County Sheriff’s Col. Kurt Hoffman, on a Department of Children and Families employee charged with stealing the identities of over 2,000 people receiving services from the state.

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The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a meeting to discuss changes to rules for the “certificate of need” regulatory process. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that eliminates the so-called CON process for hospitals, but it continues for nursing homes, hospice programs and intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities. That’s at 8:30 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Building 3, Tallahassee. 

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


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