Right-wing campaign to battle Sharia cites Tampa judge’s ruling

In an effort to support state Sen. Alan Hays' and Rep. Larry Metz's Application of Foreign Law bill, conservative commentators have recently been claiming that a Florida judge has subjected one of the parties involved in a civil law suit against the Islamic Education Center of Tampa to Sharia, Islamic law. But legal experts say the judge's ruling is hardly uncommon, and that laws of all faiths and nationalities are regularly discussed in American courts.

House subcommittee advances fertilizer regulation loophole

A Florida House subcommittee this morning advanced House Bill 421, a measure that would allow those who have obtained a limited certification for urban landscape commercial fertilizer application to be exempt from local fertilizer regulations. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Lecanto, has come under fire for taking power away from local communities.

Rubio introduces bill to overturn federal birth control decision

The Hill is reporting that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced a bill that would roll back a recent decision by the Obama administration to require that insurance providers — with the exception of religious employers — cover birth control as a preventive service. Rubio is among a small group of legislators that receives money from a Catholic group that has been opposed to the mandate for some time.

Panel discusses misleading recruiting, stat-keeping practices at for-profit colleges (Updated)

A panel of former for-profit university students, professors and recruiters discussed the controversial higher ed institutions yesterday, making strong claims about questionable practices at schools like the Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University — all of which are owned by the Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corporation.