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NOW, ON TO THE CAPITAL...

Did we make any meaningful progress on gun control legislation in the last 24 hours?

  • The controversial “marshal” program to arm some school staff with guns was amended on Monday to remove teachers from the plan. This means that teachers who only work in the classroom wouldn’t be able to have a gun at school. But coaches, librarians and others with a military/police background could still be included.

Senate Bill 7026 was approved by the Senate. That means several things:

  •  A Floridian would have to be at least 21 years old (instead of 18 years old) to buy a gun from a licensed seller.
  • If Floridians want to purchase a gun, they would have to wait three days from the time they buy it until they can take it home.  
  • The police could report a person who poses a potential threat to others and seize that person’s guns.
  • No one in Florida could sell or own bump stocks, the devices that make a semi-automatic gun fire like an automatic weapon.
  • The state would budget $400 million for mental health programs and support for school districts.

BUT – AND THEY ARE BIG BUTS… 

  • The “marshal” program could still arm other school staff who don’t just teach in classrooms if the school district and sheriff decide to opt into the program.
  • Senate Bill 7026 still doesn’t include a ban on assault weapons.
  • Many of the loopholes mentioned by Democratic leaders have not been addressed. For example, the proposed minimum age on gun sales increasing from 18 to 21 doesn’t apply to unlicensed dealers or gun shows.

What’s up next? The House will discuss and vote on Senate Bill 7026 today and tomorrow.

And ICYMI: we talked with Juan Cuba, chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, on Facebook Live yesterday about some of the party politics at play in the gun control debate and other legislation, like a big education bill, that’s been overlooked. Check that out here.

FYI, this is how we’re defining “progress” on gun control legislation: Any announced plan or direction that identifies specific policy changes or any filed or approved legislation. It can be  tricky to say a clear “yes” or “no” on any given day, but we’re going with what we think is the overall trend of decisions made that day.

 

IT’S THE EITC, MADE EASY

Tax day is coming up soon and there’s this kinda wonky thing we wanna help you understand: the earned income tax credit.

It has a really boring name, but it’s actually not so hard to to understand – and if you qualify, you get thousands of extra dollars in your tax return. #clutch

Check out this video for all you need to know about EITC and how to get some extra 💸.

P.S. Wanna avoid common tax mistakes this year? Check out this tax quiz we put together and then show off all your nerdy tax knowledge to your crew.

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

😞 You left too soon. Say buh-bye to Dizengoff, which served up the best hummus in the 305, and Federal Donuts, which sold bomb Korean fried chicken sandwiches AND doughnuts. The restaurants said they’re closing up shop because all the construction on their Wynwood block made it too hard for people to stop in. (Miami.com)

Now you know. If it seems from following our gun legislation reporting that it’s really effing hard to pass any meaningful gun reform in Florida, well, it is. And this piece breaks down exactly why it’s so damn hard. (NYT)

Bruh. The opening of Klub 24, a high-end strip club, was a sign of progress for Opa-locka, which has struggled to attract business of any kind since most of its elected government turned out to be completely corrupt. But “adult entertainment businesses” aren’t allowed in Opa-locka, and now no one knows what to do about the spot, which has been open for more than a month. (Miami Herald)

Tough choices. Two Miami-Dade county commissioners want to add two more museums to Museum Park: one honoring black Americans and one honoring Cuban exiles. The original plan was for the Cuban exile museum to go on a patch of open land behind the American Airlines Arena, but neighborhood residents were not about losing that space to buildings. Turns out a lot of them aren’t excited about giving up this rare patch of downtown green space either. (Miami Herald)

Paved paradise. There’s only one way in and out of FIU’s campus in North Miami, and with three other schools on that route, the traffic can be epic. After Parkland, FIU President Mark Rosenberg has dubbed it a major security risk and wants another access point. But there’s a catch: The campus is surrounded by a nature preserve, and another entrance would require paving right through it. (Miami Herald)

Uhh… A bunch of cities and towns along the Brightline route are debating a “quiet zone” plan for silencing the train’s horns in some areas. But according to the proposal, 20 of the 80 train crossings wouldn’t get any safety upgrades that would help make it harder for people to dash across the tracks. Considering that several locals have already been killed while crossing the tracks, it seems like something’s missing. (Sun-Sentinel)

Not okay. Back in 2016, 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, many of them gay and or people of color. The Florida legislature did pretty much nothing on gun reform in response. But when 17 people were killed last month in Parkland, many of them white and from a more affluent community, the legislature kicked into high gear. Now lawmakers repping gay and minority communities are calling out their fellow lawmakers. (Politico)  

Surprising literally no one… Donna Shalala, the former UM president and U.S. secretary of health, is officially joining the approximately 25 other Democrats running for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s congressional seat. (Miami Herald)

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