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SMITH WANTS “STAND YOUR GROUND” TWEAKS, GOP LEADERS UNENTHUSED

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 30, 2013.......Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith said Wednesday that the state's culture of violence calls for changes to the "stand your ground" self-defense law, but the Senate President sent a clear signal that major changes aren't likely. "To put our heads in the sand when it comes to this controversial (law) is wrong," Sm ...

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Will Florida families lose out?

  Florida legislators are deciding right now whether our state will accept critical federal funds which would provide health care to hard-working families in dire need of coverage, and create jobs. Yet Gov. Rick Scott and some lawmakers want to block these funds, leaving Florida to continue struggling to care for the uninsured. Sign the petition to Florida legislators and tell them to ensure our tax do ...

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TRAFFICKERS TARGETING YOUTH IN STATE FOSTER CARE

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 23, 2013..........Two state agency heads Wednesday warned a Senate panel that pimps and third-party labor contractors are targeting young people in the state foster care system. Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins and Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters told the Senate Children, Famili ...

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FLORIDA TAXWATCH PRESSER

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SCOTT: EXPAND EARLY VOTING, POLLING SITES, REDUCE BALLOT LENGTH

By DAVID ROYSE  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 17, 2013….Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that up to 14 days of early voting should be offered during the next election in Florida, an effort to reduce long lines experienced this past November – that would be a reversal of course for Republicans. Scott signed a bill two years ago shortly after taking office, that reduced the number ...

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SCOTT CALLS FOR $2,500 TEACHER PAY RAISE

By MICHAEL PELTIER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. Contact news@newsserviceflorida.com. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 23, 2013.....Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to give every full time public school teacher a $2,500 raise, a request that was met with encouragement, caution and a more than a little skepticism by la ...

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Hastings Reintroduces Establish National Emergency Centers Bill

Hastings Reintroduces Establish National Emergency Centers Bill (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) reintroduced the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act, legislation which would authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create emergency centers for temporary housing and other relief efforts in the event of a natural disaster. Please find attached ...

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Governor’s Salary Increase Proposal

Regarding Governor Rick Scott’s Proposed Teacher Raises   By BTU President Sharon Glickman, Esq. January 23, 2013      “Florida’s teachers need raises, but the state has a long tradition of taking away as much as they give to public schools, teachers and support staff as well as our students.   The fact that the Governor is proposing raises after he just balanced the state budget on the backs of the state’s ...

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Hastings Votes Against the “No Budget, No Pay Act”

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar) voted against H.R. 325, the “No Budget, No Pay Act,” which would suspend the debt ceiling through May 18, 2013, as well as withhold salaries from Members of Congress if the House and Senate do not adopt a budget resolution by April 15, 2013. “I voted against this legislation because we don’t have time to waste on silly political gimmicks that co ...

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BTU Media Statement Regarding Florida Supreme Court Ruling

By BTU President Sharon Glickman, Esq.      “Today’s Florida Supreme Court ruling against Florida’s hardworking public employees is disheartening.   The only reason the Legislature and Governor took this action in the first place was to balance the state’s budget by taking money from Florida’s middle class workers who can least afford to lose it.   Florida’s public employees were promised a non-contributory ...

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