U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) took to the Senate floor today to call on President Trump to immediately end his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border.
As the Trump administration doubles down on enforcing its executive policy of separating children from parents detained at the border, state Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens) on Tuesday called on Florida Governor Rick Scott for action.
“As a staunch campaign and financial supporter of Donald Trump who maintains a close bond with the president, Governor Scott maintains a measure of influence he could easily deploy to end this catastrophic and inhumane situation,” said Leader Braynon. “At the same time, Governor Scott holds a great deal of power over the state’s complicity in this tragedy. Unless he agrees with the president, he has a duty to act quickly.”
Leader Braynon said Governor Scott should ask President Trump to reverse his executive order and is strongly urging the governor to:
- Call on the President to allow elected officials into federal detention facilities where children who were separated from their parents and immigration detainees in general are being housed so they can inspect the conditions under which they are being housed.
- Join the growing number of Republican and Democratic governors refusing to allow their National Guard units to be used if the federal government calls on them to go the U.S.-Mexican border for further illegal immigration enforcement.
- Join Colorado in forbidding state agencies from using state resources to separate children from their parents or legal guardians on the sole ground of immigration status.
“There is nothing in federal law compelling the separation of these children and parents,” said Leader Braynon. “It took the stroke of a pen to initiate this atrocity. It takes the stroke of a pen to undo it.”
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC) has named Jason Harrell as director of legislative and government affairs. Harrell will develop and direct the association’s new in-house legislative team and lead strategic advocacy for legislative policy and budget efforts on behalf of Florida’s independently elected clerks and comptrollers. Harrell currently serves as budget and communications director for the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC); he will continue in that role until the conclusion of the Florida Legislature’s Revenue Estimating Conference in July, which will determine clerks’ statewide budget authority for fiscal year 2018-2019.
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are pushing to increase business at Florida ports by urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to restructure the way the agency charges ships to fumigate produce imported into the U.S.
Before a cargo ship offloads any imported produce arriving at a U.S. port, the shipment must first be inspected and fumigated. The fee that a ship pays to have their produce fumigated is set by USDA and is currently charged on a “per-enclosure basis” – meaning, a ship pays the same fee to fumigate a warehouse full of goods in the Northeast as they do to fumigate one shipping container in Florida.
Award recognizes exemplary programs that link schools, families and communities
The Florida Department of Education today announced that nine schools are winners of the 2018 Family and Community Involvement Award. The award recognizes exemplary school practices that focus on increasing family involvement, welcoming families into the local school system, providing effective communication, supporting student success, and promoting collaboration with the community. [Read more…] about Commissioner Stewart Honors Nine Schools with Family and Community Involvement Award
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is holding a public information meeting on the South Lake Trail Phase IIIB. The meeting is on Tuesday, June 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the E.L. Puryear Building/Community Center in Groveland. [Read more…] about South Lake Trail Public Information Meeting in Lake County
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Attorney General Pam Bondi is offering information on common scams that target senior citizens and tips to help avoid these types of scams. More than 3.2 million seniors call Florida home and thousands more reside throughout the state during the winter months, making Florida a target for scammers who prey on seniors.
Governor Rick Scott today proclaimed June 12th as Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida in recognition of the 49 innocent lives lost in the horrific attack on Pulse Nightclub on June 12th, 2016. Gov. Scott is asking all Florida residents to pause for a moment of silence at 9:00 a.m. and is directing all state flags in Florida to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, June 12th, 2018. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott Proclaims June 12 as Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida
Gov. Scott Appoints Jill Danigel to Southeast Volusia Hospital District
Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Jill Danigel to the Southeast Volusia Hospital District.
Jill Danigel, 53, of Edgewater, is the former captain of the Edgewater Fire Department. She succeeds Ferdinand Heeb and is appointed for a term beginning June 8, 2018, and ending March 21, 2022.
The American Democracy Legal Fund today called for Gov. Rick Scott to immediately open an independent investigation following a report in the Tampa Bay Times that the state of Florida approved tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits without performing a rigorous background check, allowing people with dangerous intentions or mental health problems to carry a gun in public.