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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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OBAMA POLICY COULD HELP IMMIGRANT’S BID TO BECOME LAWYER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 17, 2013.........An undocumented immigrant seeking Florida Supreme Court approval to practice law has received a boost from an Obama administration policy aimed at helping young illegal immigrants stay and work in the country. Jose Godinez-Samperio, who came to the United States at age 9 from Mexico and graduated from the Florida State University law school, has been approv ...

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FAMU CONTINUES NEGOTIATIONS WITH DIRECTOR OF MARCHING AND PEP BANDS CANDIDATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) is continuing its negotiation efforts with one of the candidates for the director of marching and pep bands. The university will not make an announcement about an appointment today, but will make an announcement if all details are finalized. “We felt we had a firm commitment on Monday, but there were concerns expressed by the candidate regarding the new ...

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Alcee L. Hastings Commemorates Signing of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act

Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) commemorated President Obama’s signing of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (S.3472). The Uninterrupted Scholars Act is bipartisan legislation that Hastings co-sponsored, which amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to grant a child welfare agency direct and unencumbered access to the academic records of young people in their care, while ...

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SEN. JEFF CLEMENS ON BALLOTS

A state senator says he has an idea to fix the long lines that plagued Florida's 2012 election. Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens says since the Republican-led Legislature stacked the ballot with 11 constitutional amendments last November, he thinks voters should get the chance to limit the number of amendments from lawmakers. Sen. Clemens has filed legislation that would prohibit state lawmakers from placing mo ...

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Florida slashes estimated cost of Medicaid expansion to $3 billion

By Michael Peltier, Reuters     TALLAHASSEE, FL - In a dramatic about-face, Florida's health agency now says the cost to state taxpayers of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law would be barely more than a tenth of its original estimate. Governor Rick Scott, a Republican who had fought hard against the reform law known as Obamacare, had complained earlier last week that the ...

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Medicaid Expansion, Not HMO Experiments Should Be Rick Scott’s Focus — Rep. Mark Pafford, FL House Democratic Policy Chair

Florida House Democratic Policy Chair Mark Pafford Statement Medicaid Expansion, Not HMO Experiments Should Be Rick Scott’s Focus   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Representative Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach), the Florida House Democratic Caucus policy chair, issued the following statement in regards to Governor Rick Scott’s meeting today with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.   “Gove ...

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