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City looks at expanding anti-discrimination ordinances

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- The city of St. Augustine Beach is considering the expansion of its anti-discrimination ordinances involving sexual orientation.

According to the mayor, the city commissioners are working on creating one code that will consolidate various anti-discrimination ordinances.

The St. Augustine Beach City commission already passed a law this year banning discrimination when it comes to housing.

Commissioners now look to include equal opportunity employment rights to those in the LGBT community.

A final vote is expected in April.

Florida's unemployment drops; Gov. Scott responds

Florida's unemployment drops; Gov. Scott responds

 

Governor Rick Scott responded to Florida's unemployment rate dropping to 8.6 percent in May 2012, down 2.3 percent since Governor Scott came into office and to its lowest point since December 2008:

"It is clear that the work we have done to lower the cost of doing business in our state by cutting taxes and reducing regulation is giving the private sector the confidence it needs to expand, grow and add jobs.  Florida's continued steady decline in unemployment shows that Florida is on the right track. I remain committed to growing private-sector jobs in our state by making Florida the No. 1 place for business so that every Floridian can have the opportunity for a job." 

 

Report finds that public entities are a significant employer in most Florida counties

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Government entities are some of the largest employers in nearly every county in Florida, according to a new analysis released today by Florida TaxWatch, the nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution headquartered in Tallahassee.

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Florida Gets Flexibility Waiver from US Department of Education

 

The U.S. Department of Education today approved Florida’s request for a flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Florida was one of 11 states asking for flexibility with regard to accountability standards mandated by the No Child Left Behind legislation implemented in 2001. The state requested the waiver to be able to move to a single statewide accountability system that would eliminate duplicative regulation and make Florida’s system easier to understand.

Legislature Takes First Step to Open School Playgrounds Across the State

Legislature Takes First Step to Open School Playgrounds Across the State

 House Bill 431 will allow schools to open up their facilities for children during non-school hours giving access to publicly funded
playgrounds and athletic fields.

Tallahassee, FL (Wednesday, January 25, 2012) – The American Heart Association applauds the House Education K-20 Competitiveness Committee for taking step towards providing   opportunities for Florida’s children, who desperately need time for unstructured play and exercise. 

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