1. “Local legislators to meet today on police merger idea,” from The Gainesville Sun
Nut Graph: The Alachua County legislative delegation will meet in Gainesville today to discuss a proposed bill, floated by the North Florida Police Benevolent Association, a police union, that would create a study commission to look into abolishing the city's police department and transferring policing duties in the city limits to the county's Sheriff's Office.
Summary Graph: The bill, proposed by a police union, would create a commission to look into abolishing the city’s police department and transferring its policing duties to the Sheriff’s Office.
2. “Gov. Rick Scott won't push school voucher expansion — for now,” from The Orlando Sentinel
Nut Graph: Scott said this week that he won't ask the Legislature to take up his proposal this spring for "education savings accounts." He had previously spoken favorably of the idea, which was advocated by his education transition team but was also likely to spark legal challenges. The plan would have allowed all public-school students to use state school money for a variety of education services
Summary Graph: The plan, which would have allowed all public-school students to use state school money for a variety of education services, would likely have sparked legal challenges.
3. "Mike Haridopolos addresses public concern over Florida’s budget," from The Independent Florida Alligator
Nut graph: The state senator stressed the importance of budget cuts throughout his presentation at Pugh Hall on Thursday night. The event, hosted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, encouraged people to submit questions to Haridopolos in person and online.
Summary Graph: The state senator, who spoke Thursday and answered questions by students and the public, said the state is facing $3.6 billion in budget cuts.