Another attempt to strip $2 million in taxpayer funds from Florida crisis pregnancy centers failed on the Senate floor today.
A bill filed by state Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would prohibit Florida cities and counties from passing ordinances that crack down on wage theft, the practice of stiffing workers out of money they are owed, did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary committee Monday.
Michelle Cory, a 58-year-old resident of Margate, says a law making its way through the Florida Legislature that would restrict access to third trimester abortions would endanger the health of women with mental health problems.
The Detroit Free Press reports that hospitals in Michigan are taking on a project that helps reduce the number of medically unnecessary C-sections in the state.
According to a survey released by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (known as NACCHO), 55 percent of all local health departments across the country had to trim down or completely eliminate at least one program in their department. Florida's local health departments, in particular, suffered severe budget cuts this year.
Miami-Dade's legislative delegation yesterday discussed immigration reform — another signal that the controversial issue will be important in Florida's 2012 legislative session.
Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration recently submitted the state's Medicaid overhaul proposal to the federal government — and reproductive rights advocates say there are still lingering questions about equal access to family planning services for Medicaid beneficiaries.
A day after inviting a few dozen reporters into his office for coffee and doughnuts, Scott answered everyone's questions and then asked for more. Here's a handful of points he touched on.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado says he opposes the current proposed state legislation on immigration enforcement.
As the Gulf Coast Claims Facility continues to face complaints of delays in processing final and interim payments, the Pensacola News-Journal is reporting that Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater had some strong words during a swing through the Panhandle this week.
Dozens of immigrants and advocates left their seats to kneel in prayer as the House Economic Affairs Commitee began final debate on an immigration-enforcement measure sponsored by Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart. Please don't let it pass, they asked. Their prayers went unanswered.
Committees in the Florida House and Senate are set to take up controversial immigration bills this week. The tougher of the two, which is being carried through the House by Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, is now on Thursday's crowded Economic Affairs Committee agenda, after languishing for weeks.
The American Lung Association is speaking out strongly against a bill that would remove the EPA’s ability to regulate activities that produce greenhouse gases, including an amendment offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would eliminate that regulation for two years.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement data received through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that Secure Communities, a federal immigration enforcement program, detains and deports people who are not criminals.
Approximately 200 farm workers, students, religious leaders, immigrant advocates and elected officials used a community forum in Florida City Thursday evening to say once again that they wholly reject the current immigration-enforcement bills proposed by Florida legislators.
State Rep. Esteban Bovo said today that he will wait for the Miami-Dade County Commission to decide when to hold a special election before making his mind up on resigning from the Florida legislature in order to run for that seat (see this report from The Miami Herald). In the meantime, Bovo, R-Hialeah, said he will be stepping down as head of the legislature's Hispanic caucus, which will meet later today to choose a new leader.
This week on Florida Watch, I join host Doug Miles and Dennis Maley of The Bradenton Times, as well as Sarasota Herald-Tribune Opinion Editor Tom Tryon, to discuss the Florida legislature's various immigration-enforcement bills and whether the still-unfolding disaster in Japan will affect the Sunshine State's nuclear industry. Check it out after the jump!
Yesterday, the federal government released guidelines that would allow states the flexibility to create a blueprint for their mandated health insurance exchanges. Though the guidelines are a major step toward the implementation of one of the centerpieces of the health care reform law, the state of Florida remains one of the few states that has done nothing to set up an exchange.
South Florida labor and worker's rights organizations are mobilizing their members and calling on state senators to stop a GOP bill that would prohibit Florida cities and counties from passing ordinances that crack down on wage theft, the practice of stiffing workers out of money they are owed.
The New York Times reported yesterday that the Obama administration might compromise with religious groups that are currently up in arms over a federal decision requiring health insurers to cover contraception as a preventive service.
The St. Petersburg Times reports that Dawn Quarles, one of the teachers now in trouble for not following new rules for voter registration, is getting ready to face a penalty for her violation.
The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday it will begin reviewing about 300,000 deportation proceedings to implement prosecutorial discretion measures laid out in a June 2011 memo issued by John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The number of hate crimes in the U.S. in 2010 increased slightly over 2009, according to a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation today. The number of incidents defined as hate crimes in 2010 totaled 6,628, an increase from 6,604 in 2009.
The state today filed an appeal to the court decision halting enforcement of the state's controversial welfare drug testing law.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., reiterated his request for a congressional investigation into Florida's controversial new voting laws on the Senate floor today.
Nezar Hamze's application to become a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee and to create a Muslim Republican Club was denied Monday.
Can anyone imagine a governor opposing President Dwight D. Eisenhower on his quest to create an interstate highway system in the United States many decades ago? That's how Sen. Bill Nelson is characterizing Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to refuse $2.4 billion in federal funding for the construction of a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando.
A Miami court today announced its decision to dismiss the constitutional challenge brought by the Florida Retail Federation against Miami-Dade County's anti-wage theft program.
Late last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure that allows all schools in Florida to adopt policies allowing students to give inspirational messages, which could include prayers or hate speech, during any school event. Critics of the law have warned that the law will land the state in yet another lawsuit.
Muslim activists involved in both state and national politics say that the Democratic Party is taking their growing voting bloc for granted.