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Florida legislature looking at budget and foreclosures

In Tallahassee, lawmakers expect a busy week as the House and Senate will be in session two days this week. The House and Senate budget committees will consider budget proposals for the coming fiscal year. This is a topic that will most likely dominate the session.

One of the biggest issues for credit unions will take place Tuesday, March 16. The House Civil Justice and Courts Policy Committee will take up HB 1523, which will establish an alternative procedure to deal with foreclosures outside the judicial system. Watch for updates this week.

Gov. Charlie Crist will lead a delegation to Washington D.C. where they will give a presentation on the state's Race to the Top grant application. Florida is one of 16 states named a finalist for a grant from the $4.35 billion initiative from the Department of Education. Race to the Top looks to re-shape America's educational system to better engage and prepare our students for success in a competitive 21st century economy and workplace.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate Policy and Steering Committee on Ways and Means is scheduled to consider SB 1752, a comprehensive jobs measure sponsored by Sen. Don Gaetz, (R-4th District) of Niceville.

Other items expected to be taken up this week include foreclosures, private school vouchers, graduation standards, reapportionment, the breakup of the Department of Management Services, the proposed deal with U.S. Sugar, campaign finance, a jobs bill, and whether to put caps on legal fees for attorneys who work for the Attorney General.

For any questions on Florida legislation, contact LSCU Vice President, Legislative Affairs Mark Landreth.