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Gov. DeSantis Signs Bills on School Bus Safety, Bear Poaching

first_imgHowever, Democratic Rep. Joe Geller, of Aventura, said he was “reluctantly” supporting the bill, as he believes the proposed fines are too high.“We’re fining someone up to $400 because they look away for a second, maybe because their kids are fighting in the backseat, and they don’t see that they’re passing a school bus that’s stopped,” Geller said in February. “That’s just too high. It’s just too much money to be charging for what is likely to be an inadvertent mistake.”Another bill signed by Gov. DeSantis (HB 327) seeks to stop poaching of black bears. It is a practice that stems partially from killing the animals for their gallbladders. Bear bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, can bring hundreds or thousands of dollars on the black market, where it is promoted as a cure for numerous illnesses.The governor is also in the process of signing the upcoming year’s $93.2 billion budget. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday signed 21 bills, including measures intended at improving school bus safety and preventing bear poaching.The school bus safety bill (HB 37) will increase penalties for motorists who do not follow traffic rules when buses are stopped to load and unload children.It would increase the minimum penalty from $100 to $200 for drivers who fail to stop for school buses. In addition, the law would double the minimum penalty from $200 to $400 for motorists who pass stopped school buses on the side where children enter and exit.“This bill is a step in the right direction,” Republican House sponsor Ardian Zika, of Land O’ Lakes, said before the House approved the measure last February. “Today, we are sending a loud and clear message that the Florida House of Representatives stands by the safety of our children and our communities.”Florida governor stiffens penalties against bear poaching— Florida Issues (@FloridaIssues) June 21, 2020last_img read more

Baker Mayfield channeled his inner Deion Sanders by snubbing Chargers in NFL Draft process

first_imgVia GQ: Though he figured he wouldn’t go first, Mayfield was confident that he’d be selected quite high. So certain in fact that when teams with late draft picks sent him playbooks to review, he politely declined to study the material. “They hated it,” he recalls of a meeting with the San Diego Chargers. “They’re like, ‘Are you serious?’ I go, ‘Yeah, you guys have the 17th pick.’”MORE: 2019 NFL Predictions with Cowboys winning it allThis type of attitude just shows off Mayfield’s personality, albeit to an extreme.It’s confident. It’s daring. It’s honest. Baker Mayfield is a confident person, something he made apparent in his NFL Draft process.In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the Browns quarterback revealed how he essentially snubbed the Chargers ahead of the draft. Since they had the No. 17 pick of the first round, Mayfield — who became the top pick of the draft — didn’t make much of their interest in him. Also, if the story sounds familiar, it might be because you heard a similar story from Deion Sanders, the No. 5 overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft. His story comes from the 1989 NFL Combine:“I was in the Giants room … they sat me down and gave me a thick book — thicker than a phone book.I said ‘What is this?’They said, ‘This is our test we give all the players.’I said, ‘Excuse me, what pick do you have in the draft?’They said, ’10th pick.’I said, ‘I’ll be gone before then; I ain’t got time for this.’ And I left.”Mayfield had a few other quotables from his interview with GQ. He admitted his apology to Ohio State for planting the flag on its field wasn’t genuine at all, and offered some sharp criticism of Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.Baker Mayfield has some thoughts on Daniel Jones 👀— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 20, 2019As Mayfield advances into his second season in the league, it’s clear he’s still the same confident player he was at Oklahoma. Some people may not like it, but Mayfield doesn’t really care.last_img read more