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SoFlo Scoop: Drug test proposal for welfare applicants; Commissioners in Fort Lauderdale underpaid; Miami Heat loses playoff spot 

Good morning South Florida! Today is Thursday, April 6. Miami will be partly a high 89 and low 63; Key West will have scattered thunderstorms early in the morning with a high 82 and low 70; Fort Lauderdale will be partly cloudy with a high 90 and low 60, and for those in Naples expect some thunderstorm throughout the morning with a high 80 and low 59. Time to get smart fast:

  • Florida may require mandatory drug testing for welfare applicants who may have been convicted of a felony drug charge or suspected of being under the influence of illegal substances. Under the bill, applicants would have to pay $40 for the drug test and those who test positive would lose benefits for a year. Rep. Chris Latvala said this is intended to make sure people getting state funds are not using that money for drugs. 7 News Miami
  • Fort Lauderdale city commissioners and mayor are not getting paid enough money. Back in July 2002, a vote was held to increase salaries. The raise went from $14,044 to $30,000 for commissioners and $16,185 to $35,000 for the mayor. “I know when I took this job that I wasn’t getting paid for my time,” said mayor Jack Seiler. Sun-Sentinel
  • It’s python hunting season in the Everglades, and news outlets are reporting it to be the largest catch yet with 82 snakes being captured already. The record was set to 14 back in 2013. The South Florida Water Management District is paying hunters to kill pythons during the 60-day period. Naples Daily News
  • The Miami Heat lost its final playoff spot after the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 108-90. The team is now in the ninth spot and only five games remain until playoffs. Miami Herald
  • Florida Power & Light drafted parts of a bill to create new requirements for homeowners and businesses that install rooftop solar. The HB 1351 by Rep. Ray Rodrigues is intended to enact Amendment 4 to impose disclosure and paperwork requirements for companies that finance and install solar energy products. Miami Herald

 — Magaly Duarte, South Florida News Service 

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