Five Things to Know in Florida for March 22

FLORIDA LAWMAKER: HIRE SNAKE HUNTERS TO ERADICATE PYTHONS

Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, who doubles as a python hunter, said during a committee meeting Tuesday that the effort is needed because “furry creatures” and American alligator nests are being destroyed by the voracious snakes. Members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources agreed and advanced the bill toward its final stop before heading to the full Senate.

APPEALS COURT RULES SKIM MILK CAN BE CALLED ‘SKIM MILK’

The ruling overturns a decision last March when a federal judge sided with the Florida Department of Agriculture, which said the Ocheesee Creamery couldn’t label its skim milk “skim milk” because the state defines the product as skim milk with Vitamin A added. The state instead said that if the creamery wanted to sell the product, it should label it as “imitation” skim milk.

US HURRICANE CENTER CHIEF GOING BACK TO THE WEATHER CHANNEL

Rick Knabb has been director of the center in Miami since June 2012. Knabb will participate in the National Hurricane Conference next month in New Orleans and the federal government’s annual Hurricane Awareness Tour before leaving the center May 12. Knabb left a previous stint as The Weather Channel’s tropical weather expert to become chief of the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub.

FLORIDA DUI IGNITION INTERLOCK BILL PASSES HOUSE COMMITTEE

The bill passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Tuesday. It must go through two more committees before reaching the House floor. The interlock device prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. The current law makes it mandatory for six months for a first offense if the person’s blood alcohol content is higher than 0.15 percent or a minor is in the vehicle.

BABY’S MOTHER ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF STARVING HIM TO DEATH

Seminole County Sheriff’s officials arrested Michelle Spinicchia on Sunday. She charged with child neglect, domestic battery and resisting arrest. Local news outlets report Benjamin Mitchell and his twin were born in July, each weighing under four pounds. Their parents were told to follow up with doctors because Benjamin was having trouble breathing.

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