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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, March 27, 1998
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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 Track bills, e-mail your t Iv le6islator and share yur opinions at Palm Beach Interactive: www.GoPBt.comyournews Victim's parents: Keep offenders jailed Republicans want to wrap up session two weeks early Palm Beach Post Staff and Wire Reports ''' Already weeks ahead of the traditional schedule for voting the stiite budget through the two dfambers, Republican lawmaker are talking about wrapping up this spring's legislative session and going home tMtp weeks early. 'It's up to you to save these kids. ' CLAUDINE RYCE Mother of rape-murder victim Jimmy Ryce three-legged oak chair in 1923, 238 people have been electrocuted. Constitution coalition begins November push A coalitiqn of groups Thursday unveiled their vision of what should be in the state constitu The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE The parents of 9-year-old rape-murder victim Jimmy Ryce urged lawmakers Thursday not to let cost issues block a proposed treatment program to keep violent sex offenders locked up after they're released from prison. Don and Claudine Ryce were in the Capitol to testify on behalf of the proposed Jimmy Ryce Act that would allow courts to order the involuntary civil commitment of sexual predators. "The cost to the public if this bill doesn't pass will not be measured in counting money. It will be measured in would be woefully inadequate. The Senate Ways and Means Committee also unanimously approved its version. The Senate bill would have the Department of Health rather than the Department of Children and Families run the program. The Senate bill did not specify a dollar amount for the program, but Sen. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, a co-sponsor, said expected it to be in the same range as the House measure. "These people will do it again and again and again," Mrs. Ryce told the Senate panel. "It's up to you to save these kids." counting bodies," the father told the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee. The panel approved the bill although John Bryant, assistant secretary of the Department of Children and Families, said the $3.4 million earmarked for the program u tne Dud-get "conference committee" can create a compromise in the next three weeks, they could adjourn by April 17, a full 14 days before the tion: provisions that require voter approval of new taxes, election of all judges, stronger property rights and fewer hurdles to petition drives. The "Crusade for Freedom" was launched just three days after the Constitution Revision Commission decided what three dozen issues to put on the November ballot. The review commission has the power to put amendments directly on the ballot. The groups making up the crusade can get proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot by persuading three-fifths of CAPITAL NOTEBOOK Appeals court overrules Kansas stay of Florida execution The Topeka judge's lack of jurisdiction is cited, so Daniel Remeta may be executed Tuesday. scheduled My 1 adjournment date. House Sgeaker Daniel Webster has said M along he would like to end 2Hy to make up for the extra 'Sfek lawmakers were in session fejt fall for school construction. 2 But House Majority Leader jrni King said he is advising atgainst such an early finish be- stretched from Florida to Texas, Arkansas and Kansas. : Saffels said in a nine-page or-der Wednesday that Remeta has a right to have his appeals heard in two Kansas murders. Florida used the convictions to help bolster its pursuit of Remeta's death sentence, and overturning them would give Remeta's defense new reasons to appeal the Florida death sentence. tell, who defends death sentences in Florida. U.S. District Judge Dale Saffels of Topeka had issued the stay, and it was quickly appealed by Kansas Attorney General Car-la Stovall with the help of the Florida attorney general's office. Remeta, originally from Traverse City, Mich., was linked to four other killings during a February 1985 crime spree that The Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. A Kansas judge had no jurisdiction to stop the execution in Florida of a man who killed a convenience store clerk, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Daniel Remeta "must seek whatever relief may be available in the state or federal courts in Florida," according to the ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Remeta, 40, was to be executed Tuesday as originally scheduled, said attorney Richard Mar- the Legislature to sponsor their proposals. Palm Beach Post staff writers Shirish Date and Charles Elmore contributed to this report. fcuse oi ine ammunition it couia S&e opponents in an election .5 dtir. Some legislation that might ;tHve gotten a hearing in a nine-;$2 ek session, after all, would not jgrt heard in a seven-week ses-;mn. "If you get out a couple of &2eks early, you could make the .legation that we walked away ;fGJm this bill or that bill," he said. 6 'Chiles sees too many tax breaks for business -IS Gov. Lawton Chiles hinted ."tEursday he likes some but not laH of the $364 million in tax ,'fcltaks moving through the leg-.'t$fcture. "The problem isn't that taxes jje too high, it's that the wrong pSople are getting the breaks," Chiles said. He said he would like to see Jfitre emphasis on breaks that Sect families, less on those for NO o corporations. One $49 million break would benefit banks. Another potentially worth $50 mil-"iion would help insurance companies. I Democratic leaders in the legislature echoed the theme, icomplaining many of their bills in the GOP-led legislature were stuck in committee on such matters as requiring a licensed nurse r L P IB 2at every school. COP leader suggests coup' in Silver's panel $1 Q99 Was .w a month ValueSM Plan $Q00 monthly credit Republican-baiting Rep. Bar- -ry Silver might find himself oust ed from his own Environmental Caucus, under a scheme cooked up House Majority Leader Jim King. ' Silver, D-Boca Raton, has earned a reputation for antago SLfcJ $29 nizing conservative Christian -members of the House at almost now ST7 .every opportunity. As payback, C9Q Ericsson DH-318vi Digital Phone King wants a dozen or so of his -colleagues to go to one of Silver's ;lightly attended meetings, join Now ;the caucus, force an election and -replace chairman Silver with one of their own. Only tJ . "Put somebody like Charles a month Semblerin, King joked. r aemoier, K-5eDastian, is chairman of the House Environ mental Protection Committee 'and perhaps the House member Plus, 15 bonus minutes every month. Waived Activation. 1 J 1 environmentalists most fear. ; Silver said he has no problem !with Sembler taking over. "He'd .have to buy the pizza," Silver said. 'Watercraft Week' faces aesthetic problem I Watch for water scooter afi-Jcionado Jim King to ask to have Jthe week of April 20 designated TPersonal Watercraft Week." I King, of Jacksonville, who To Order By Phone, Call 930-1106 Toll-Free. Free Office Or Home Delivery Available. Visit Our Website At $109" Nokia 2160 Digital Phone Retail Stores Wal-Mart Locations owns five water scooters, wants a 3ay of fun on nearby Lake Jack-Ison where lawmakers can get .rides on the fast, sometimes recklessly driven boats. 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