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Tampa Bay Times: Tuesday’s Letters: Businesses need relief

Tax reform Businesses need relief As Florida business owners, taxpayers and economic drivers, the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s network of 80,000 minority-owned businesses proudly supports federal tax reform. Leaders in the White House and Congress are hard at work to provide much-needed economic relief to Florida families and business owners. I am thankful […]

RELEASE: The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida Offer Assistance to Students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida Offer Assistance to Students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ~ ICUF affiliated schools offering tuition and housing assistance to students displaced by recent hurricanes. ~ Tallahassee, FL- The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) today announced many of its affiliated schools are offering tuition […]

Sunshine State News: Marsy’s Law Brings Equity to Victims’ and Criminals’ Rights

By FRANK A. SHEPHERD Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) currently has before it a proposal called Marsy’s Law for Florida, which seeks to provide victims of crime and their families with constitutional protections equal to those afforded to the accused and convicted. As a former judge, I support this measure. Our justice system is one of […]

TC Palm: New law would protect victims’ rights in Florida constitution

By: Carolyn Timmann The Florida Constitution Revision Commission provides an opportunity for Floridians to enact change, including preserving and protecting certain rights. Through my experience as Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court and in other roles working with our state court system, I have observed many victims trying to navigate our criminal justice system. That […]

Florida Politics: Poll finds Floridian’s want ‘Marsy’s Law’

By Peter Schorsch More than eight out of ten Floridians say they would vote for a ballot initiative putting victims’ rights into the state constitution according to a new poll put out Wednesday. The survey found 85 percent of the 700 likely voters polled agreed with the proposed ballot language being tossed around by Marsy’s Law […]

Orlando Sentinel: Commentary: Seismic surveyors follow rules to protect marine life

By Gail Adams  The United States has an 80-year history of discovering helpful scientific data from marine seismic surveying. Currently, less than 10 percent of federal waters are open for energy exploration due to current regulations. Also, to date, there is no scientific data indicating any risks to marine life associated with sound from seismic […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Leon County schools among Florida’s most segregated, says report on economic divide

By: James Call Tallahassee, scene of some of Florida’s epic early civil rights battles, has retreated from the ideals of the ’60s and ’70s. Some public schools in Florida’s capital city are re-segregated, according to a LeRoy Collins Institute report. But there’s a bitter twist. The findings by lead author Gary Orfield of the UCLA Civil […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Opinion: Marsy’s Law gives victims their rights

By: Patricia Levesque Every day we hear the stories of those who chose to commit crimes in Florida. We know when a person is arrested, officers are required to read them the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Many of us can probably recite them: You have the right to remain silent; you have the right to an attorney… […]

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