Florida lawmakers at odds on mandatory recess bill

Florida could erase part of public school testing law

Florida could erase part of public school testing law

The Senate voted 36-0 to approve a bill (SB 78) that would require school districts provide students in kindergarten through fifth grade with 20 minutes of recess each day.

- Students and school employees would gain wider rights to express their religious viewpoint at public schools under a bill approved by the Florida House. The House bill includes free-play recess for students in kindergarten through third grade, as part of a P.E. requirement, and only includes mandatory recess on days when students don't have P.E.

Supporters of the bill say recess is important because it gives students the opportunity to socialize and build real-world skills beyond the classroom. School districts could not stop school personnel from participating in student religious activities.

Israel is blocking access to Gaza, Human Rights Watch says
Cogat, the Israeli defense body that coordinates access to Gaza, denied barring rights groups from visiting the enclave. Under Israel's restrictive policy, only a very limited number of people and goods are allowed in and out of Gaza.

Ridesharing giants Uber and Lyft are in high spirits after the Florida House of Representative unanimously passed legislation that would put in place a regulatory framework that would allow ridesharing companies to operate in the sunshine state. "It should not be in competition with other things", she said. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who sponsored the bill, asked members to back the proposal and send a signal to the House. "[It] should be able to stand on its own".

Flores' proposal has sailed through the Senate, receiving unanimous support in each subcommittee which has heard the measure.

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