Summing up the session
By TIMES STAFF
Published May 5, 2007
Legislators got some things done ...
- AT THE POLLS: Mandates paper trails at the polls and moves up Florida's presidential primary to Jan. 29, 2008
- TUITION: Allows UF, FSU and USF to charge incoming undergraduates 30 to 40 percent more in tuition.
- TEACHERS: Provides $147.5-million in bonuses for teachers and administrators.
- PROBATION: Requires immediate incarceration and hearings for probation violators, plus stiffer penalties.
- CITIZENS: Extends the premium rate freeze for customers of Citizens Property Insurance.
- SEX CONSENT: Protects teens involved in consensual sexual relationships from new sex offender database registration requirements.
- CABLE TV: Allows statewide franchising of cable TV, which makes it easier for telephone firms to compete.
- TRANSPORTATION: Creates the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority, charged with building a network of toll roads, rail lines and express buses for seven counties.
... and left other things undone
- PROPERTY TAX REFORM: If it happens at all, it will have to wait for a special session beginning June 12.
- PRO SPORTS: Would have provided money for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Florida Marlins and Orlando Magic.
- NO FAULT: No action taken, so drivers will soon be able to drop minimum medical coverage for collisions.
- VACCINE: Would have added a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer to the list of immunizations for girls in public and private middle schools.
- GUNS: Would have allowed employees to keep firearms in the cars they park at the workplace.
- VOUCHERS: Would have increased the amount of private-school vouchers for low-income middle and high school students.