Restricting how teachers and employers talk about race could chill important dialogue
The bill, pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would impose guardrails on how schools can teach about racism to students and how employees can be subjected to certain trainings and discussions on race and sex.
DeSantis calls for more election ‘guardrails’; Biden says it is voting rights that need protection
While continuing to imply that elections are vulnerable to fraud, Gov. Ron DeSantis failed to mention that Florida just eight months ago enacted laws curtailing the use of ballot drop boxes and adding a bevy of so-called guardrails to the state’s widely commended 2020 election administration.
OC panel OKs two redistricting maps for county commissioners; board to review, make changes by mid-March
Both maps propose Ocoee be consolidated into District 2, while Winter Garden, Oakland and Windermere remain in District 1
Orange County redistricting committee to hold Monday night public hearing on one proposed map that consolidates Ocoee into District 2, among other changes
After 3½ hours, Orange County's Advisory Committee for Redistricting adopted a proposed map out of eight that were considered. However, the map will get further scrutiny and will likely be amended before possibly being recommended to the Board of County Commissioners.
Dem A.G.s argue that FL’s justification for voting restrictions were made up
Democratic state attorneys general in 16 states and the District of Columbia, who have intervened in litigation challenging Florida’s new law making it harder to vote, argue in a legal brief that the state has mounted bogus arguments that the measure fights fraud and boosts voter confidence.
How many FL students will opt-out of mask requirements under new law? Who knows?
Florida school districts are now complying with a new law that forbids students to wear masks unless their parents want their children to continue to wear them.
Cash bail: Lawsuits target practice that leaves poor people jailed while others walk
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is trying to change unaffordable cash bail practices that can break people’s lives, a practice that civil rights attorneys across the country argue is unjust and unconstitutional. Wealthier people are able to pay such bail amounts and go free until they stand trial.
Conspiracy theories run rampant during testimony on DeSantis’ vax mandate ban
During some four hours of hearings Monday before the Senate Commerce Committee, for example, conservative political activists joined forces with vaccine-resistant first responders, plus doctors who flew in for the occasion from as far away as Hawaii. They portrayed the Covid vaccines as actively dangerous and lavished praise on natural immunity, hydroxychloroquine, and ivermectin.
DeSantis wants felony penalties for ‘ballot harvesting’ and more hurdles for voters
The governor will propose more restrictive voting measures, including a special unit to investigate election fraud, when the Legislature's regular session starts Jan. 11, despite any evidence that such irregularities existed.
Uninsured in South would win big in Democrats’ plan, but hospitals fear funding loss
At least 2.2 million low-income adults — including 415,000 Floridians — many of whom Black or Hispanic would be eligible for government-funded health insurance under the Democrats' $1.75 trillion social spending and climate change plan.
DeSantis’ bid in special session for OSHA alternative might not work in practice
While the governor will likely get what he wants in defiance of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate, it's unclear whether a proposal for a state-run agency that would supersede federal OSHA regulations will pass.
Florida challenges federal vaccination requirement
The state's lawsuit seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions against requiring employees of federal contractors to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccinations. It names President Biden and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson among the defendants.
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