In The News Today – February 22, 2016

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TBO:  Florida Federation of Garden Clubs: Fracking should be banned in Florida 

In January 2015 we adopted the position of promoting the ban of hydraulic fracturing/fracking in Florida. We have very real concerns about the risk of fracking to the health of our citizens of Florida and the health of our environment. We hope as you consider the facts about SB 318 you will decide that passing it is not worth the risks. – See more at:


TBO: School officials hope Florida Standards Assessment glitches are gone this year 

TAMPA — The validity of the test, the way it’s graded and the way those grades are used have come under question by parents and educators since the new Florida Standards Assessment debuted last year.


Orlando Sentinel: No Trump or Sanders for Florida lawmakers

Gov. Rick Scott wrote an op-ed praising Trump last month but stopped short of an endorsement. For the most part, GOP lawmakers have been backers of Florida sons Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, who suspended his campaign Saturday night. Democrats who have announced endorsements back Hillary Clinton.


WWSB: Opposition over Florida’s recess bill

So far the bill passed the house almost unanimously but faced opposition in the senate and will no longer be considered.


Naples Daily News:  Hispanic business owners on the rise in Southwest Florida

In the past decade, Luis and Claudia Velez have opened or bought five Little Caesar’s Pizza restaurants in Southwest Florida, started a business center in Golden Gate City, and partnered with a Miami company to provide impact glass windows, doors and walls in Collier County.


Public News Services: More Than Controlling Immigration

Monica Russo is the president of Florida’s Service Employees International Union. She says the legislature wasted a lot of time arguing over local enforcement of federal immigration laws; legislation now stalled in the Senate.


Statesmen Journal: How Scalia’s death affects Oregon’s public employees

With Scalia’s death, a key case testing the collective bargaining system — and affecting the political power of unions — is likely deadlocked in favor of organized labor.


PR News Service: Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association Extends Relationship with Voya Financial

WINDSOR, Conn., Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) announced that its Retirement business has been retained as the exclusive recordkeeper for the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) 401(k), 457(b), and 401(a) defined contribution plans.


NE Escambia: Florida Gov’t Weekly Roundup: Crunch Time

Those four words — or something like them — have long been used by legislative committee chairmen and presiding officers to try to get lawmakers to focus on the task at hand or to move quickly through contentious agendas.


Buzz Feed News: Republicans Rush To Crown Marco Rubio The Anti-Trump Standard-Bearer

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The chattering crowd at Marco Rubio’s campaign rally Saturday night fell silent for a moment just before 8:45 p.m. as projector screens filled with live Fox News footage of Jeb Bush reading a prepared speech.


Florida Times Union: Florida’s budget process reaches legislative conference stage

The list of budget items on which the two sides disagree will get shorter after each meeting until there are no differences left and the budget is complete.


WPLG: Fired Fort Lauderdale police officer claims text messages taken out of context

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A former Fort Lauderdale police officer fired over racially charged text messages testified at an arbitration hearing Friday as he tries to get his job back


WPLG: Miami’s sex, tourism industry attracts human trafficking, agents say

MIAMI – Miami’s sex and tourism industry are part of the reason why federal investigators have said it attracts human trafficking to South Florida. But one of the main challenges, they said, is the fact that criminals don’t operate within state lines.


WCTV: Bill Allowing Guns on Georgia College Campuses Set for House 

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are set to vote on a bill permitting guns on state college campuses.


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