Measures Rise and Fall as Legislature Hits Midpoint

TALLAHASSEE — The 2014 Florida Legislature reaches its midpoint on Wednesday.

Lawmakers are moving forward on a $75 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. They have already sent Gov. Rick Scott a bill cutting motorist fees by $400 million.

Some bills are already dead, including an effort to revise alimony laws. Other issues remain in play, including flood insurance, gambling, gun bills, pension reform and red-light cameras.

Here’s a look at the major issues before lawmakers, where they stand and what is likely to happen….

Tackling Florida’s flood insurance problem suddenly became less urgent after Congress rolled back reforms this month that were boosting rates, but state lawmakers are still moving legislation aimed at encouraging more private flood policies.

The Senate bill passed the full chamber unanimously last Wednesday, but…

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