Felons Might Have To Pay Hundreds Of Millions Before Being Able To Vote In Florida
What Is The Future Of Abortion Restrictions In Florida?
With six weeks until the start of the Legislative session, a Republican state representative from Pensacola introduced a bill last week that would ban abortions if a doctor detects a fetal heartbeat. That usually happens about six weeks into a pregnancy, often before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Reproductive rights activists have denounced the law, calling it the latest in a series of assaults on a woman’s right to choose. Others point out its unconstitutionality. Abortion is currently protected by both the state and federal constitutions until the point of viability, which is around 24 weeks. “These heartbeat bills are not even a little bit constitutional,” Caroline Corbin, a Constitutional law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, said Friday on The Florida Roundup. “In fact they violate both the U.S. constitution and the Florida constitution.” The fetal heartbeat bill, HB 235 , was filed by Rep. Mike Hill, a self-described evangelical Christian. It would require
South Florida In The Spotlight During First Days Of Gov. DeSantis Term
Gov. Ron DeSantis has spent a lot of time in South Florida recently. He made several announcements across the region during his first week and a half in office. On Friday, DeSantis issued two executive orders that address South Florida's role in the dramatic elections recount last fall. They suspend Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and acknowledge the resignation of former Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, who was challenging her suspension by former Gov. Rick Scott. And just a day after taking the oath of office, DeSantis appointed Judge Barbara Lagoa from Miami to the state Supreme Court. This week, he made his second judicial appointment, of Judge Robert Luck , who’s also from Miami. DeSantis also took action on the environment, signing a sweeping executive order that pledges $2.5 billion for Everglades restoration and creates a resiliency office meant to tackle sea-level rise, among other things. He’s also called for the resignation of the
State Commission Should Not Have Had Parkland Shooter's Medical Records, Defense Argues In Court
The legal team defending the confessed-Parkland shooter argued in front of a Broward Circuit judge Friday morning that the state commission investigating the shooting should not have had access to Nikolas Cruz's confidential medical and mental health records. The team of public defenders, led by attorney Melisa McNeill, asked Judge Elizabeth Scherer to hold the Broward Sheriff's Office in contempt of court for releasing Cruz's confidential medical and mental health records to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission. McNeill also asked Scherer to set a separate evidence hearing with the BSO to determine whether the agency as a whole or only an individual within the agency are responsible for releasing the records. Rather than deciding if an additional hearing is necessary on Friday, Judge Scherer told the court she will make a decision by early next week. "I will take this under advisement," she said. An earlier court order from last May details that only law enforcement