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Florida Board of Govenors Continue Review

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Board of Governors can continue its investigation of how Florida A&M administrators handled concerns about hazing at the school. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday asked the board to suspend any investigation into hazing while it and other law enforcement agencies investigate the death of Robert Champion, a…

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Florida Health Care Law Challenge to Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it has agreed to consider Florida’s challenge to the Obama administration’s landmark health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The decision sets the stage for a ruling that could be as controversial and history-changing as the 2000 halt to Florida vote recounts, a decision that…

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Temporary Halt to Florida’s Welfare Drug Testing Law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a controversial Florida law requiring all welfare applicants to be drug-tested. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven issued a temporary injunction Monday evening against enforcement of the law’s “suspicionless drug testing” of adults seeking federal welfare. Read the full article here.

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Big Day for New Laws

This past Saturday was a big day for a slew of new laws that came into effect.  New restrictions on expert witnesses, minors seeking abortions, and local governments with gun ordinances kick in Saturday as new bills passed by lawmakers earlier this year go into effect.In all, 29 new laws go on the books Oct.…

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Pants on the Ground No More in Florida Schools

It might be considered cool by some but in Florida schools this fall season it won’t be tolerated!  Gary Siplin, Orlando’s Democratic State Senator, is using the free belts to remind students of the Pull Up Your Pants law he finally passed last spring after six years of pushing for it. As of now, only…

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Federal Ruling on Florida Drug Law

The most recent federal ruling will open up a pandoras box of possibilities for many people convicted of drug offenses! A federal judge has struck down a Florida drug law that convicts suspects of a drug offense even if they are unaware that the controlled substance is illegal. U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven found the…

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Election Law Could Harm Minorities

Florida’s new election law would harm minority voters, particularly Blacks, and should be rejected, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Project Vote said in a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Justice. According to the letter, Black voters are more likely to vote early and to move than Whites, meaning provisions cutting back…

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Florida Being Sued By Teachers Union

The 140,000-member statewide teachers union sued Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials Monday to block a new law that requires state employees to begin contributing to their retirement plans. The challenge, filed in Leon County circuit court, asserts that the law’s required 3 percent contribution to the state’s retirement fund amounts to a breach…

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Florida Passes Controversial Immigration Law

Heather Clancy over at All Business wrote a good article about the passing of this new law.  What do you think? Last wee, with far less hooplah than Arizona, legislators in the state of Florida passed a law that seeks to curb illegal immigration. The new law states that Florida police need to “make a…

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A Look at Florida Bully Law

Ken Edelstein writes a good article on the new Florida bullying law and I agree it could use a bit more work. A Florida law praised nationally as a landmark step against bullying is falling far short in its most basic of goals: To get schools to report bullying incidents. The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up…

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