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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 6

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6A THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 IK. 4 nance companies would get the break for airplane spare parts under the proposal by Rep. Bob Starks, R-Casselberry and a pilot for Delta Airlines. He said the break is instrumental in bringing House plan would give voters option to split large school districts Senate bill would OK $125,000 to study emission tests Pahn'Beach Post Staff and Wire Reports rTAIXAHASSEE Companies that test auto emissions in Palm Beach and other counties could not renew their contracts r Track bills, e-mail your tV legislator and share your Mi 0030000000001 opinions at Palm Beach Interactive: www.GoPBI.comVournews thousand students or so in a few of until a consultant rec-ommends how frequent and expensive such tests should be, under a bill that passed a Senate commit the rural counties to Dade, Bro ward, Palm Beach, Orange, Hills borough, Duval and Pinellas, which among them have more than a million students. CAPITAL NOTEBOOK This was put in the constitu tion long before anybody envi sioned a Miami," said Vernon Pickup-Crawford, spokesman for Palm Beach County Schools. He said supporters of the proposa wrongly believe that breaking up the districts would automatically airlines to Orlando and other cities. House Speaker Daniel Webster said he plans exemptions for clothing purchased during a certain week every year as well as a reduction in the state's tax on investments. Gov. Lawton Chiles has vetoed packages of tax breaks in each of the last two years, partly because it was impossible to veto the few he objected to without vetoing them all. This year, however, Webster and Senate President Toni Jennings have promised to keep all tax breaks in separate bills. Starks' measure now goes to the Senate. Shirish Date Pool fence bill founders TALLAHASSEE A bill aimed at reducing the number of children who drown by requiring fences around backyard pools didn't get very far in the House Community Affairs Committee Tuesday. The committee got to the bill late in the day and then members raised concerns about how the bill would affect the sale of a house. The bill would require pool fences for new homes or for homes that change hands. Members wanted to know who would be responsible for paying for the fence, the buyer or the seller. Palm Beach County Commissioner Warren Newell told the committee the county has a similar pool fence ordinance and he believes it has helped prevent drownings. Mary Lou Pickel reduce class sizes, increase mon By Shirish Date Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE Floridians would be asked whether they'd like an opportunity to break up the state's largest school districts into smaller entities, under a Stuart lawmaker's proposal that reached the House floor Monday. If it receives three-fifths approval in both House and Senate, the proposal would go on the November ballot to allow school districts with at least 45,000 students the option contingent on local voter approval of dividing into districts of no smaller than 20,000 students. "Nobody in the country has the size school districts that we have," said Rep. Tom Warner, the Martin County Republican who for two years has pushed the idea of letting the state's 13 largest districts subdivide. Under the measure, Palm Beach County schools, with 140,000 students, could divide into as many as seven districts. Dade County and its 340,000 students could become 17 districts. Neither Martin County with its 15,000 students nor St. Lucie with its 28,000 students would have the option of subdividing until it grew to 45,000 students. Nationally, the average size of a school district is about 1,000 students. Florida, where the state constitution mandates that each county have its own school district, has districts ranging from a ey and improve student performance. He said current test scores showed the state's highest performmg students are in Pinel las County, one of the state's largest districts that would be eli tee Tuesday. -The state would pay $125,000 for a consultant's report by Jan. 1, 1999, by which time adjustments in federal air pollution standards may be more clearly defined. The bill unanimously passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee. There's talk of exempting cars less than 4 years old from the test, making tests every other year instead of annual, or changing the $10 fee. American Lung Association lobbyist Beth Labansky said, "Our concern is that this does not address health and safety issues." Charles Elmore Roll out the tax breaks TALLAHASSEE The first tax break of the legislative session passed the House Tuesday, carrying $4.1 million of the $100 million in cuts Republican leaders hope to give away this year. gible for a breakup under Warn $ er s proposal. 75 OFF ANY COMPLETE PAIR OF PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES Not valid with any other sates, vision-plans Of specials. Present coupon prior to rw chase Oner ends 4, 1 598. r.'.'n,'aiiiiim'ii'iiigaL'i Treasure Coast Square Jensen Beach (601) tutl-Iill Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, wondered if chang j.h.-.i.!:i:i.:u1 ing the bureaucratic structure of Palm Beach Lake Mall Wesl Palm Beacn (661) 4i'l-ojJ Town Center Mall Boca Raton 1561 ) 368-1 187 oynton Beach Mall Boynton teach (561) 736-9611 Broward Mall Plantation (954) 472-4777 Coral Square Mall Coial Spnngs (954) 752-2550 Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall Sunrise (954) 846-9000 Pembroke Lakes Mall Pembroke Pines(954) 436-0966 Dadeland Mall Miami (305 665-1044 Westland Mall H.aleah (305) 817-1817 Mall ol the Americas Miami (305) 262-4271 school districts wasn't akin to "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic," given all the other problems faced by public schools. Warner, though, was happy to compare the existing system to the Titanic: "It's obsolete. It's out of date. It ought to go away. And if this bill is the iceberg to do that, then so be it." 0?l Airlines and aircraft mainte- iirT"1 M tAtl -Am f frtoStfti'd Senate gets reporters' shield bill liwmhmk Vie Associated Press TALLAHASSEE It would become more difficult to force a reporter to disclose confidential sources or testify in court under a bill sent Tuesday to the Senate floor. "Those people are professionals at gathering facts," said Florida State University Presi dent Sandy D'Alemberte, a supporter of the bill. "If you don't pass this legislation . . . you re going to find lawyers simply us ing reporters of all lands to do their investigations for them. The bill would put Florida in line with the federal govern ment s shield law for reporters, established by a 1972 U.S. Su preme Court decision. 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