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For the 2014 Legislative Session, the Speaker and Senate President have identified the items in Work Plan 2014 as priorities. We will remain committed to the conservative principles that are protecting taxpayers, recharging our economy, and providing our kids with a first-rate education.

WORK PLAN 2014

1. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION
Expand pathways out of poverty through education and jobs

Increase the Value and Accessibility of Higher Education
  • No tuition increase for 2015
  • End soaring cost increase for Florida Prepaid College Board
  • Reduce tuition differential

Expand Education Choices for Families In Poverty

  • Raise cap for Florida's Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Cement Link Between Education and Jobs

  • Reward performance in higher education
  • Increase student access to Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Industry Certifications opportunities
    • Remove 0.3 weighed FTE funding limit on CAPE
    • Florida CAPE Digital Classroom

2. FLORIDA GI BILL
Establish Florida as the top "Welcome Home" state for the military, veterans and their families

  • Expand Education and Employment Opportunities
  • Waive out-of-state tuition for veterans
  • Fund scholarships for members of the Florida National Guard, including online programs and book stipends
  • Waive licensing fees for returning veterans

  • Invest in Florida's Military Infrastructure
  • Finish commitment to restore and renovate Florida's armories
  • Fund base buffering efforts to preserve Florida's military missions and protect our military bases

3. PROTECT VULNERABLE FLORIDIANS
Increase safeguards for Florida's children and seniors

  • Improve Protections Against Sexual Offenders
  • Keep offenders off our streets and away from our children
    • Increase the length of sentences and extend monitoring after release
  • Better inform our communities, law enforcement and families
    • Require individuals registered in the sexual offender database to provide more information
  • Improve coordination between government and law enforcement
    • Enhance communication between state and county officials when a sexual offender is released from prison

    Child Welfare Reform

    Fund Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) to reduce the Critical Needs Waiting List

    Fully Fund Maximum Current Year Expansion of the Guardian Ad Litem Program

    Keep seniors safer by making the administration of Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) more transparent and accountable

    Increase Funding for Child Advocacy Centers

    Better Address Human Trafficking

4. $500 MILLION TAX CUT
Reduce the amount of money government takes from Floridians who earn it

  • Reduce Taxes and Fees
  • Lower Vehicle Registration Fees for All Florida Drivers

5. IMPROVE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY
Achieve reform of the Florida Retirement System and continue to improve ethics laws

  • Strengthen the retirement system for public employees
  • Develop an Information Technology Governance Strategy for State Government
  • Continue to Improve Florida's Ethics Laws
  • Implement Lobbyist Compensation Audits
  • Clarify Legislator Residency Requirements


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