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LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill Gets First State Senate Hearing

A bill to prevent discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity will have its first state Senate hearing Monday, Feb. 8. It’s called “The Florida Competitive Workforce Act." Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth actually keep tabs on Florida companies that are not inclusive.
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In Pictures: The Taiwan Earthquake And Rescue Operations

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Florida’s “brand” and $10-billion economic driver, the citrus industry, could be headed for collapse if stop-gap measures aren’t found to slow citrus greening, said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

“What we don’t want to see is this catastrophic collapse of a 300,000 acre industry where you have fire sale real estate prices and you end up with a sprawl,” Putnam said.

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  The Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would fine local governments and law enforcement agencies that do not fully comply with federal immigration authorities.  However a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida finds that at least 30 counties in the state do limit their compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to prevent themselves from violating peoples’ constitutional rights. 

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Small towns around Lake Okeechobee have been feeling the effects of record rainfall.

The Vice Mayor of  Belle Glade in Palm Beach County urged water managers to keep her residents’ safety in mind Thursday.

A  bill to prevent discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity will have its first state Senate hearing Monday, Feb. 8. It’s called “The Florida Competitive Workforce Act." Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth actually keep tabs on Florida companies that are not inclusive.

A body cameras-related bill is now headed to the House floor, after passing its last committee Thursday.

Alimony reform is back before Florida lawmakers. But the bill’s sponsor says this year’s version of the bill is different. Republican Rep. Colleen Burton is backing one of the legislature’s most emotionally-charged issues.

Wednesday evening the Florida House passed a bill that would prohibit sanctuary cities in the state. The bill may stall out in the Senate.

A bill to protect Florida clergy from conducting marriage ceremonies that violate their belief is moving forward. The next stop for the House measure is the chamber’s floor.

A bill involving the recital of the “Pledge of Allegiance” in schools has passed its first House Committee.

The 112th Florida State Fair with its corn dogs, midway rides and life-stock shows opened Thursday on grounds just east of Tampa.

Flanked by law enforcement officers and in front of several TV news cameras, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi flipped a ceremonial  lever as a profusion of multi-colored hues lit up the midway.

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