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Potty parity heads to history books

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by John Kennedy

Potty parity in Florida would be wiped from the statute books, under legislation approved Wednesday by a House panel.

Citing a need to undo excess regulation, Rep. Ana Logan, R-Miami, proposed the measure that would repeal a 1992 law that created a ratio for men’s and women’s toilets in public buildings. A major advocate of the law had been then-Rep. Lois Frankel, the West Palm Beach Democrat and former mayor.

At the time the legislation was approved, analysts said the requirement would likely boost public construction costs by $2,500 per toilet.  The law requires that three women’s toilets be constructed for every two “male equivalents.”

But supporters of the repeal pointed out that current plumbing code standards can already lead builders to exceed the potty requirements of Florida law. Logan said she didn’t expect long lines to emerge at newly built or renovated theaters or sports arenas if Florida’s standard is lifted.

The findings should be enough to convince fellow lawmakers, Logan said. She opted not to offer a closing argument on the bill, adding, “I feel a little flushed today.”

‘Axis of Unemployment’ and other highlights of Scott’s inauguration speech

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 by Dara Kam

Gov. Rick Scott, who just one year ago was a virtual unknown to Floridians, choked up after being sworn in to office on his family’s Bible.

His voice hoarse from a week-long inaugural gala that will end with tonight’s black-tie ball, Scott’s 14-minute speech focused almost exclusively on job creation.

Scott, who’s already signed four executive orders including one freezing regulation-creation, tripped up when describing how he plans to review all state agencies and get rid of unnecessary rules.

“We’ll get rid of the agencies…,” Scott said, catching himself. “That’ll be in the paper. That wasn’t part of the script.”

Here are a few highlights from Scott’s first speech as the state’s 45th governor.

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