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Palm Beach activists call for county to move forward with proposed wage theft ordinance

Members of a religious coalition from Palm Beach county that supports a proposed wage theft ordinance has sent a letter to all the members of Palm Beach county commission asking members to move ahead with the measure. The ordinance approved last year by the Miami-Dade county commission creates a resolution process for wage theft claims outside of court. Some supporters of the measure say it can help prevent employers from cheating workers out of pay they are owed by allowing workers to make claims without having to hire a lawyer.

Ag. Commissioner took $61K in contributions from sugar/dairy before seeking to halt ban on sugary drinks in schools

Incoming Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recently petitioned the State Board of Education to delay considering a ban on sugary drinks in schools, claiming the focus on soda and chocolate milk does not address the broader picture of school nutrition while insisting students will be better served once the Department of Agriculture is given authority under the president's new child nutrition bill to establish standards for all school food offerings. ThinkProgress is reporting that Putnam received upwards of $61,000 in campaign contributions from sugar and dairy interests during the 2010 election cycle, including donations from Coca Cola and individuals associated with U.S. Sugar Corporation.