Takeaways from Tallahassee — Goodbye Roe, hey Dobbs

New precedent

It’s been mere hours because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, and Florida Republicans are already posturing to develop on the state’s upcoming abortion ban.

Florida’s 15-week abortion ban (HB 5) will probably have to attend for a choice within the Florida Supreme Court earlier than being lastly settled as regulation. But on Friday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis recommended the Sunshine State might go additional within the period of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was decided 5-4 Friday morning.

“Florida will continue to defend its recently-enacted pro-life reforms against state challenges, will work to expand pro-life protections, and will stand for life by promoting adoption, foster care and child welfare,” the Republican Governor said in a statement.

Ron DeSantis indicators HB 5 in April. Image by way of AP.

The state’s future legislative leaders are additionally chiming in.

Senate President-designate Kathleen Passidomo, who is anticipated to change into the third girl to guide the Florida Senate, proclaimed the state would proceed to defend life. The Naples Republican made headlines when she criticized Texas’ fetal heartbeat invoice due to its “vigilante-type” provisions, however she stays anti-abortion.

“I put a high value on life, and we’ve passed many measures in Florida to protect unborn life, promote adoption, and support parents who choose life for their babies,” Passidomo tweeted. “I am grateful to see the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. These defenders of the Constitution have given the states rights to do what is right. Here in Florida, we will continue to defend life.”

House Speaker-designate Paul Renner, a Palm Coast Republican, issued an announcement extra just like the Governor’s — alluding to future motion.

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision rightfully returns the debate on protecting life back to the states where it belongs,” Renner stated. “The Florida Legislature has made significant strides towards protecting the unborn and will continue to pursue legislation that honors the sanctity of life.”

Across the aisle, Democrats stay steadfast of their assist for abortion rights.

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, who will proceed main the caucus subsequent time period, stated the Court’s resolution units ladies’s rights again half a century. Florida is going through a future that terrifies her, she continued.

“With Florida Republicans cruelly proving their appetite for robbing women and girls victimized by the horrific trauma of rape, incest, and human trafficking of their right to an abortion after 15 weeks — period, end of sentence, no exceptions — it is clearly only a matter of time before our state also debates an all-out abortion ban,” Book stated.

House Democratic Leader-designate Fentrice Driskell, who is anticipated to guide House Democrats for the following 4 years, additionally brings a novel perspective as the primary Black girl to guide the caucus. The Court has now change into a political instrument, she stated.

“For Floridians, today’s decision ratifies the radical and dangerous legislation jammed through the state government by Republicans and clears the path for a full ban of all abortions in our state, without exceptions for rape or incest,” Driskell stated. “This is a major setback as we work to create a state and country where we all have the freedom to be healthy, prosperous and safe. But I am more determined than ever to fight.”

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Coming up, the standard assortment of reports, intel and observations from the week that was in Florida’s capital metropolis by Peter Schorsch, Drew Wilson, Renzo Downey, Christine Jordan Sexton and the employees of Florida Politics.

But first …

Take 5

The “Takeaway 5” — the Top 5 tales from the week that was:

Andrew Gillum indicted on fraud fees — While it could already really feel prefer it’s per week previous, the largest information out of Tallahassee was that Andrew Gillum and a longtime affiliate had been arrested and indicted on fees associated to wire fraud on Wednesday. Both pleaded not responsible to all 20 counts, with Gillum additionally pleading not responsible to mendacity to FBI brokers. Both have additionally been launched and counsel there are political motivations behind the fees. Sharon Lettman-Hicks, his affiliate, dropped out of the House District 8 race on account of the indictment. Meanwhile, DeSantis acquired to take a victory lap in opposition to the previous candidate, whom he stated the media handled like “the second coming.”

DeSantis vetoes alimony invoice — After years of unsuccessful negotiations to change Florida’s divorce legal guidelines, DeSantis vetoed the Republican-led Legislature’s newest effort to finish everlasting alimony. With DeSantis’ veto on Friday, the measure (SB 1796) marks the third proposal vetoed by a Florida Republican Governor within the final decade. Despite most Republicans coming collectively in assist of this yr’s package deal after repeated unsuccessful makes an attempt to move comparable alimony reform measures, DeSantis in his veto letter wrote that the Legislature’s proposal is unconstitutional. “If (SB 1796) were to become law and be given retroactive effect as the Legislature intends, it would unconstitutionally impair vested rights under certain preexisting marital settlement agreements.”

Local Business Protection Act additionally vetoed — DeSantis additionally vetoed SB 620, a high precedence of Senate President Wilton Simpson that sought to punish native governments for passing legal guidelines that scale back their revenue by 15% per location throughout the metropolis or county. The enterprise might’ve been awarded damages for the price of their misplaced earnings for as much as seven years. In his veto letter, DeSantis stated the invoice would have had unintended penalties as a result of it was too broad. He recommended focused preemption laws as a substitute. “Incredibly, this bill exempts compensating businesses due to ‘emergency’ orders of local government,” DeSantis wrote. “However, the broad and ambiguous language of the bill will lead to both unintended and unforeseen consequences and costly litigation.” Additionally, the Governor vetoed three extra payments.

DeSantis indicators Alzheimer’s invoice — DeSantis did grace dozens of payments this week. Among them, he signed laws (SB 806) directing the Department of Health to coach well being care suppliers on the warning indicators of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Roughly 580,000 individuals over the age of 65 stay with Alzheimer’s illness in Florida, the second-highest inhabitants within the nation. That quantity is projected to leap to 720,000 in three years. The Governor famous there was a further $21 million in elevated funding for Alzheimer’s applications within the Department of Elder Affairs within the state Fiscal Year 2022-23 price range that kicks in July 1. And he stated there was a 60% enhance in Alzheimer’s-related funding since he took workplace.

First Lady launches Mamas for DeSantis — First Lady Casey DeSantis introduced the launch of Mamas for DeSantis. The political effort will rally dad and mom to assist the Governor’s parental rights agenda. “Through the First Lady’s leadership, Mamas for DeSantis will work in partnership with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign as a movement for Florida moms, grandmas, abuelas, nanas and more to get involved in the re-election campaign,” in keeping with a press launch. A web site payments that effort as “The Million Mama Movement.” That’s a lofty purpose in a state the place simply over 8 million voted within the final gubernatorial election, maybe contemplating the Mamas usefulness will prolong previous DeSantis’ 2022 re-election marketing campaign and into a possible presidential marketing campaign for 2024, which he’s nonetheless denying.

Cash infusion

DeSantis on Monday awarded $28.5 million in neighborhood improvement grants to cities and counties throughout the state.

Seventeen jurisdictions acquired a mixed $25.4 million by way of the Community Development Block Grant – CV Program (CDBG-CV). Six others acquired a mixed $3.1 million by way of the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program.

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Florida continues to be attempting to recuperate from Hurricane Michael. Image by way of AP.

“Supporting the growth and resilience of Florida communities is the best way to ensure Florida’s strong future,” DeSantis stated in an announcement. “Investments made today will provide 23 communities with access to the resources they need to diversify their economies, increase public safety, and mitigate future risks.”

The CDBG-CV program, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), primarily advantages low- and middle-income residents. Activities embody workforce housing, coaching and sustainability in addition to broadband infrastructure and planning.

The greatest payout by way of that program is $4.8 million for Stuart.

The Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program, administered by DEO, funds the area people’s match portion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program awards, administered by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), for eligible initiatives to assist restoration efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.

In that tranche, the most important expenditure is $1 million for Gulf County.

“Governor DeSantis has championed the economic growth of Florida’s communities by making continued investments in their success,” DEO Secretary Dane Eagle stated. “DEO is proud to support his efforts by connecting communities to opportunities that suit their unique needs and foster generational growth for their residents.”

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Chill, scammers

Summer warmth is on the way in which, and so are scammers.

Attorney General Ashley Moody on Tuesday warned Floridians that the summer time season usually brings with it an increase in HVAC-related scams.

Common scams embody restore corporations that push customers to interchange useful components or buy a completely new air-con system at an inflated value. Grifters may additionally try to promote prospects an pointless quantity of refrigerant or declare that issues with an HVAC system might be solved with a refrigerant “recharge,” a service that HVAC programs don’t require.

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It’s cool to know forestall getting HVAC scammed.

“Floridians, especially our seniors, could not endure the hot Florida summer without air conditioning. So, when an HVAC unit malfunctions, they rush to have their units fixed. Bad actors may attempt to take advantage of the situation to sell unneeded repairs — or entire new systems,” Moody stated.

Tips to keep away from falling sufferer to HVAC scams embody getting a second opinion from a separate restore firm, being cautious of high-pressure gross sales techniques and insisting on a written settlement. Consumers must also change into acquainted with how HVAC programs work, at least at a basic level.

To hold Floridians knowledgeable of scammers’ techniques, Moody’s workplace drafted up a brand new entry within the Scams at a Glance sequence titled “Keep Your Cool.” A Spanish language version can also be accessible.

Shoo fly

A quarantine has been established within the St. Petersburg space, prohibiting the motion of fruit, greens and nuts with no compliance settlement from the state after Oriental fruit flies had been detected in Pinellas County throughout routine inspections, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) introduced Friday.

“This detection highlights the Agriculture and Coe importance of our world class exotic pest surveillance system,” stated FDACS Division of Plant Industry Director Trevor Smith. “Our staff, working closely with our federal partners, has begun a treatment program to eradicate this destructive pest.”

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Bactrocera dorsalis, the official title of the Oriental fruit fly, is without doubt one of the extra harmful pests as a result of potential devastating financial influence it could possibly wreak

It assaults greater than 436 totally different fruits, greens and nuts. The fruit flies lay their eggs in host vegetables and fruit. After the eggs hatch the maggots eat the host fruit and greens.

To forestall an infestation the state has 56,000 fruit fly traps as a part of an early detection effort to stop the fruit fly from spreading by way of the state’s agricultural merchandise.

The FDACS, led by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, stated in a ready assertion that the “Oriental fruit fly has been trapped several times in Florida since 1964 and each time has been successfully eradicated.”

There are totally different remedies that may be pursued to eradicate the fruity fly stemming from the male annihilation approach, which makes use of a bat and insecticide combination to kill the flies, to soil drench remedy, which is used on the soil beneath host bushes with fruit recognized or suspected to be infested with larvae, pupae or a mated feminine fruit fly.

Another abatement effort includes eradicating the fruit from the host tree and inserting it in double baggage. The recordsdata can not lay eggs if there are not any vegetables and fruit accessible.

State and federal companies will work with native governments and neighborhood organizations to maintain the general public knowledgeable. More info might be discovered on the division’s web site at www.FDACS.gov/OFF, or by calling the Division of Plant Industry Helpline at 1-888-397-1517.

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Fireman’s carry

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ Department of Financial Services is placing first responders on its again with assist for one Brevard County firefighter’s authorized battle to safe advantages for job-induced post-traumatic stress dysfunction.

Under Florida’s staff compensation legal guidelines, first responders that suffer from PTSD are entitled to an array of advantages. Patronis, who doubles because the State Fire Marshal, says firefighter Roger Williams was unlawfully denied insurance coverage protection.

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The proper to staff comp is a four-alarm fireplace for Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis. Image by way of Colin Hackley.

“This case is especially important, as the 1st DCA has an opportunity to set a legal precedent of support for our brave firefighters statewide,” Patronis stated in an announcement. “PTSD is a serious challenge for many of our first responders, as they see and deal with unthinkable things in the line of duty.”

In 2018, Patronis labored with the Legislature to move Senate Bill 376, signed by then-Gov. Rick Scott, to supply PTSD advantages for first responders to offer them the assist they want as they work to guard Florida communities. Patronis says he has made it a high precedence to make sure first responders are protected.

June additionally marks PTSD Awareness Month.

“I hope this case will shine a light on our first responders quietly suffering with PTSD symptoms so that they can get the help they truly need,” Patronis stated. “Being a first responder isn’t just a job, it’s a calling and these heroes have our backs and I am proud to have theirs.”

‘Work of God’

Friday marked the one yr since Champlain Towers South collapsed, killing 98 individuals.

Patronis was among the many many elected officers who headed to Surfside within the speedy aftermath, and as State Fire Marshal, his workplace oversees lots of the rescue staff who dug by way of rubble on the lookout for survivors.

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Ron DeSantis, Jimmy Patronis and others honored the lives misplaced a yr in the past.

“The Surfside building collapse will live with every one of us forever. While we honor and mourn today for the 98 souls that are no longer with us, we also pray for the parents, brothers, sisters, and children that were left behind — and how they’re fighting to get back to some type of normal,” Patronis stated in a information launch marking the anniversary.

“On today one yr in the past, I noticed the work of God when 400 of Florida’s Urban Search & Rescue Team members fought, and stored preventing, for any hope of life. They battled fireplace, they battled rain, they battled the warmth. Their boots and gloves had been destroyed. They needed to hold respirators on to keep away from the cancer-causing substances that so many firefighters acquired after 9/11. In truth, a few of these women and men served at floor zero.

“On that mound of rubble, I saw hell on Earth. But I also saw God’s presence in the men and women that fought with every ounce of their being to save lives. As we pray for grace and peace, may we never forget, and forever honor these 98 souls.”

In the yr since Surfside, Patronis has change into a vocal advocate for the state’s Urban Search & Rescue Teams. He declared 2022 because the “Year of the US&R” and efficiently lobbied lawmakers to supply extra money for US&R coaching and gear within the 2022-23 price range.

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The Week in Appointments

Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims — DeSantis on Friday named three judges to fill vacancies at OJCC. Jill Jacobs and Lourdes Sancerni had been picked for the Orlando workplace. Jacobs has labored as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Palm Beach since 2015. She earned her bachelor’s diploma from Rutgers University and her regulation diploma from the University of Miami. Sancerni has labored as a Senior Associate Attorney at regulation agency Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele since 2013. She acquired her bachelor’s diploma from Florida International University and her regulation diploma from the University of Florida. Barbara Case will fill a emptiness within the West Palm Beach workplace. Case has run The Law Office of Barbara Kay Case since 2013 and labored in personal apply for 13 years prior. She acquired her bachelor’s diploma from the University of South Florida and her regulation diploma from St. Thomas University.

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Tornado aid

Residents of Southwest Florida have acquired greater than $2 million in disaster aid due to neighborhood efforts and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management reported the milestone on Monday, greater than 5 months after tornadoes struck Charlotte and Lee counties. DeSantis introduced a donation portal in February, and SBA final month authorized Florida’s request to supply Floridians and companies in Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Lee counties with low-interest loans.

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Kevin Guthrie has been on the case since January.

“The SBA Disaster Declaration and State Donation Portal have provided much-needed relief to impacted individuals as they continue to rebuild in the aftermath of this severe weather,” DEM Director Kevin Guthrie stated in an announcement. “The Division will continue to work with our local partners to ensure that disaster survivors have access to all available recovery resources and become more resilient against the impacts of future disasters.”

The SBA disaster loans embody Business Physical Disaster Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Home Disaster Loans.

Florida pursued the SBA help after FEMA denied the state’s request for particular person help and its subsequent enchantment. FEMA notes Florida has the capability to answer the disaster by itself.

The Slowskys

Testing, testing. One, two, three.

DEO’s Office of Broadband desires residents to check their web velocity.

The nameless velocity take a look at might be accomplished on any gadget, from any location, by going to www.FloridaJobs.org/Broadband. The outcomes will routinely populate the Broadband Availability Map in actual time with the placement’s web velocity and responsiveness.

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DEO Secretary Dane Eagle desires you to assist him resolve sluggish speeds as quick as attainable. Image by way of Colin Hackley.

Eagle is encouraging residents to take the nameless 60-second take a look at and so his company can higher perceive the state’s broadband infrastructure wants so it could possibly decide the place enhancements are wanted.

“With input from Floridians, the mapping tool will provide real-time results to identify areas in need of improvement of broadband services and enable us to support local communities in their efforts to make the internet accessible and reliable for all Floridians,” Eagle stated.

“This opportunity will also help the state of Florida continue its work with partners to offer better education and health care access and help its communities be more resilient and adaptive to future broadband development.”

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Future chiefs

Eighteen law enforcement officials graduated from the 2022 Future Chiefs Seminar, a program sponsored by the Florida Police Chief Association that helps command employees leaders higher put together for a chief govt place in regulation enforcement.

Attendees discovered concerning the govt software and choice course of, managing generational variations within the workforce, disaster administration, finest management practices; ethics; and efficient budgeting.

There additionally was a presentation on the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission disciplinary course of.

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This crew is able to be the way forward for policing. Image by way of FPCA.

“One of the FPCA’s most important roles is to help prepare individuals for a chief executive position in law enforcement. On behalf of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, we congratulate each of these command staff leaders who completed the FPCA’s Future Chiefs Seminar,” stated FPCA President and Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department Director Stephan Dembinsky.

The following command employees leaders accomplished the 2022 Future Chiefs Seminar program:

— Lieutenant Jim Beauford, Florida Highway Patrol

— Major Donald Blanchard, North Miami Police Department

— Lieutenant Sarah Coursey, Tavares Police Department

— Captain Anthony Dawkins, Winter Garden Police Department

— Commander Randall Durkee, Orange County Public Schools District Police

— Major Scott Freeman, University of Central Florida Police Department

— Captain LaRhonda Gordon, Claflin University, SC, Department of Public Safety

— Deputy Chief Betty Holland, Kissimmee Police Department

— Captain Brandon Layne, Kissimmee Police Department

— Assistant Chief Russ Mager, Delray Beach Police Department

— Captain James Mesidor, Florida International University Police Department

— Deputy Chief John Moore, Panama City Police Department

— Deputy Chief Vincent Ogburn, Ocoee Police Department

— Captain Derrick Rahming, Florida Highway Patrol

— Captain D.W. Smith, Ormond Beach Police Department

— Captain Christopher Succi, Kissimmee Police Department

— Deputy Chief Robert Taylor, Lee County Port Authority Police Department

— Major Al Xiques, Pembroke Pines Police Department.

“The Florida Police Chiefs Association is committed to developing the next generation of Florida’s law enforcement leaders with well-rounded, quality training,” stated Coconut Creek Police Department Chief Butch Arenal, chairman of the FPCA’s Professional Standards.

Stop ‘Stop W.O.K.E.’

Honey, I don’t assume that is understanding.

Clearwater-based honeymoon registry firm Honeyfund filed a lawsuit Wednesday in opposition to Florida over its new “Stop W.O.K.E. Act,” which features a ban on company coaching that might make workers really feel responsible or undergo psychological misery about points associated to race, shade, intercourse or nationwide origin. Workplace variety consultancy Collective Concepts and its co-founder, Chevara Orrin, additionally sued.

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Honeyfund isn’t joyful Florida moved in with the Stop W.O.Okay.E. Act.

Instead of combating discrimination, the regulation strays into precise discrimination, they argue.

“In fact, the Stop WOKE Act reads more like the policy of an authoritarian regime than a law passed in our American democracy,” the criticism reads. “The Stop WOKE Act aims to forward the government’s preferred narrative of history and society and to render illegal speech that challenges that narrative. It also seeks to muzzle independent institutions, including businesses, that are or might become centers of dissent. And, in doing so, it attempts to direct public outrage toward disfavored minorities.”

The regulation is about to take impact Friday, except a federal decide stops it first. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Tuesday heard an identical case concerning the laws however from the training angle. Like in company settings, the regulation targets classroom instruction that might trigger guilt or psychological misery.

Although training officers will quickly finalize guidelines to hold out the regulation, Walker, who has sided in opposition to the DeSantis administration in latest circumstances, expressed “grave concerns” over the lawsuit. He questioned whether or not there was a right away have to pause the go well with.

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Nevermore chemical substances

The Florida League of Cities is praising DeSantis and lawmakers for steering environmental regulators to draft guidelines to wash up a household of gear lately discovered to be extra poisonous than beforehand thought.

The laws (HB 1475), sponsored by Sanford Republican Sen. Jason Brodeur and Dover Republican Rep. Lawrence McClure, asks the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to instantly start to undertake statewide guidelines to wash up perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have come to be often known as “forever chemicals.”

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Phillip Walker and the League of Cities say HB 1475 is a step in the proper path. Image by way of Florida League of Cities.

“The presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in soil and water has been a concern for some time now. Addressing those concerns however has been difficult due to the lack of established standards, among other challenges,” the League, led by President Phillip Walker, wrote in an announcement.

“This bill is a step in the right direction and will hopefully provide much needed clarity and guidance as we all work together towards a safer, cleaner environment.”

PFAS chemical substances don’t break down within the setting, and so they can transfer by way of soil and water and accumulate in fish and wildlife. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected PFAS in nearly everyone it has tested for the substance, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) simply final week introduced the compounds are stronger than earlier research had proven, main them to launch a drinking water advisory.

“People on the front-lines of PFAS contamination have suffered for far too long,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated in a statement. “That’s why EPA is taking aggressive action as part of a whole-of-government approach to prevent these chemicals from entering the environment and to help protect concerned families from this pervasive challenge.”

The EPA introduced it could put ahead $1 billion of the latest federal infrastructure regulation to scale back PFAS and different consuming water contaminants.

Curb smash and seize

DeSantis and lawmakers are additionally getting a nod from the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), which thanked these concerned for passing laws to crack down on retail theft.

The new regulation (SB 1534), sponsored by Bradenton Republican Sen. Jim Boyd and Newberry Republican Rep. Chuck Clemons, stiffens penalties in opposition to thieves who steal a number of objects from a number of shops in a brief interval.

Under the measure, theft of 10 or extra objects from not less than two totally different places is deemed a third-degree felony if dedicated inside 30 days. Meanwhile, the theft of 20 or extra objects could be a second-degree felony.

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FRF, Ron DeSantis, Ashley Moody, Jim Boyd and Chuck Clemons need correct penalties for pilfering. Image by way of Adobe.

Additionally, stealing greater than $750 of merchandise from a number of shops inside 30 days could be a third-degree felony, and stealing $3,000 or extra would represent a second-degree felony.

Businesses would wish to tabulate their losses inside these 30 days.

“This measure will protect Floridians and Florida retailers by curtailing criminal activity in stores and holding thieves accountable for their actions,” FRF President and CEO Scott Shalley stated in an announcement. “We are grateful for the support of Governor DeSantis for signing SB 1534 into law and for the leadership of Attorney General Ashley Moody, Senator Jim Boyd and Representative Chuck Clemons to crack down on organized retail crime in Florida.”

Boyd stated there should be penalties for “smash and grab” crimes, and Clemons stated regulation enforcement and prosecutors will use the brand new instruments to maintain organized retail theft out of the Sunshine State.

“We continue to be proactive in making sure organized retail theft rings do not have a free pass to pillage retailers in Florida,” Moody stated. “While prosecutors in other states may turn a blind eye to these massive retail crimes, in Florida we enforce the law to protect our citizens and visitors. This new law will help us continue this important work and enhance public safety.”

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Safety excellence

The Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA), has introduced the winners of their inaugural FTBA Safety Excellence Award.

The recognition, which is awarded in three classes based mostly on worker hours, focuses on standards and measurement of security statistics akin to TRIR and DART, in addition to testimonials on the corporate applications together with worker engagement, administration dedication and finest practices.

“We are excited to announce the winners of this inaugural recognition, focusing on members who prioritize and excel in not only the development of their safety programs, but in the consistency and implementation of these programs as well,” FTBA President Ananth Prasad stated. “Safety is not only vital to the employees and those in and around road and bridge construction, but excellence in safety is crucial to the success and growth of the industry.”

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These corporations are the gold commonplace, says FTBA.

The Collage Companies, based mostly in Lake Mary, gained the 0 to 250,000 hours class.

“Collage is deserving of this recognition because of our relentless commitment to safety. We have a company-wide commitment to safety, top to bottom. Every person in this company is an advocate of safe practices and has a personal stake in our safety performance,” The Collage Companies stated. “The company places a financial emphasis on safety, hiring third-party auditors to support our onsite teams in their approach to keeping jobsites safe.”

In the 250,000 to 1 million hours class was Preferred Materials, which has dozens of places in Florida.

“For well over a decade Preferred Materials has promoted an employee driven safety culture,” the corporate stated. “This evolving culture focuses on the safe operation of our projects for our employees, contractors as well as pedestrians and the traveling public. We empower all workers on our projects to follow our Safety Pledge ‘When I See Something, I Will Stop and Do Something!’”

Coming atop the ultimate 1 million hours plus class was Connecticut-based Lane Construction Corporation.

“Safety isn’t just one of our core values, it’s the motivation behind everything we do,” the corporate stated. “Every day starts with a safety briefing, every task starts with our ‘4 Seconds For Safety’ program, and every employee is empowered with Stop-Work Authority. Lane considers the safety of our employees, joint venture partners, subcontractors, and the general public to be a matter of prime importance.”

Double board licensed

Shutts & Bowen on Friday introduced that Daniel Nordby, a associate within the agency’s Tallahassee workplace, has earned board certification from The Florida Bar as an professional in Appellate Practice.

Nordby is considered one of 215 attorneys to earn the certification from The Florida Bar, and is the one legal professional within the state to carry concurrent board certifications in each Appellate Practice and State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice.

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Shutts & Bowen’s Daniel Nordby has a particular distinction.

“As the only attorney double board certified in both Appellate Practice and State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice, I look forward to applying my unique expertise to benefit my clients,” Nordby stated.

Board certification is the best degree of recognition by The Florida Bar for the competency and expertise of an legal professional in a particular apply space. Through board certification, The Florida Bar acknowledges an legal professional’s particular information, ability, proficiency, professionalism and ethics.

Becoming board licensed is an in depth course of, with certification in appellate apply requiring the legal professional to deal with not less than 25 appellate actions and 5 appellate oral arguments within the 5 years previous software and to take care of a considerable involvement within the specialty.

“Dan’s board certification in Appellate Practice is a tremendous professional achievement and distinguishes him as an expert in not just one, but two specialties,” stated Benjamin Gibson, Vice Chair of Shutts & Bowen’s Appellate Practice Group.

Nordby is a member of the Appellate Practice Group and focuses on high-profile, high-stakes issues, notably within the areas of constitutional, appellate and administrative regulation.

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Trailblazing namesake

The Florida State University Board of Trustees gave its approval to call the varsity of promoting after FSU Professor Emerita Persis E. Rockwood.

College officers consider it’s the first U.S. college of promoting named for a girl.

The title change comes after Rockwood, who handed away in May 2021 at age 97, and her surviving husband, FSU Professor Emeritus Charles Rockwood, bestowed a $10 million reward to the College of Business, the place the varsity of promoting is positioned.

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Persis Rockwood is posthumously a primary within the nation. Image by way of FSU.

The $10 million will present: a $3.5 million endowment for college assist, together with funding for the eminent scholar chair, professorships, rising students and analysis; a $3 million endowment for scholar assist within the type of scholarships for graduate and undergraduate college students and funding for scholar skilled improvement; a $2.5 million endowment for “preeminence,” offering discretionary funding for the Rockwood School’s most urgent wants; and $1 million for Legacy Hall, the faculty’s state-of-the-art future dwelling, particularly to fund the Dr. Persis Rockwood Academic Programs Suite and the Dr. Persis Rockwood Academic and Behavioral Research Lab.

“This is a historic moment in the life of the university, the college and more specifically the Department of Marketing,” stated Michael Hartline, dean of the College of Business. “The transformational nature of this gift cannot be overstated, as it will have a life-changing impact on our faculty and students, as well as our college.”

One of six nationally acknowledged applications within the faculty, FSU’s undergraduate advertising program is ranked No. 17 amongst public faculties by U.S. News and World Report.

The Rockwoods — vital supporters of Tallahassee’s arts neighborhood — even have supplied main items to the College of Music and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, together with a $2.2 million donation for a custom-built pipe organ at FSU’s College of Music.

“This momentous gift will forever stand as a testament to the work, impact and memory of the late Persis Rockwood,” stated FSU President Richard McCullough. “She and Charlie will always have a special place in the Florida State family, and their generosity will help blaze new trails and opportunities in marketing research and education.”

Persis E. Rockwood in 1960 grew to become the primary girl to earn a Ph.D. in advertising from Stanford University; the primary girl at FSU, in 1973, to achieve the standing of full professor of promoting; and the primary girl elected as president of the Southern Marketing Association, of which she was a founding member. That group developed into the Society for Marketing Advances.

In 2018, she grew to become one of many first seven college members — and the primary girl — inducted into the FSU College of Business’ Charles A. Rovetta Faculty Hall of Fame.

Go Noles

The Florida State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday authorized a $2.36 billion working price range for the approaching yr, the most important within the college’s historical past and a 9% enhance over final yr’s price range.

“This budget will allow Florida State University to advance our top priorities, such as enhancing student success initiatives and hiring and retaining talented faculty and staff,” McCullough stated. “These strategic allocations will benefit our students and the state of Florida and beyond. We appreciate the Florida Legislature for recognizing that FSU is a sound investment and a good steward of taxpayers’ money.”

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Richard McCullough is about to supervise the most important price range in FSU historical past. Image by way of AP.

The price range consists of elevated funding for the operations and administration of the State of Florida Data Center, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the Institute of Politics and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

The college’s fiscal yr 2022-23 price range additionally accommodates funding for capital enhancements, together with cash for Legacy Hall, the long run dwelling of the FSU College of Business; a brand new soccer operations facility; a brand new interdisciplinary analysis and commercialization constructing; a brand new scholar union; and upkeep of campus amenities.

The price range additionally consists of planning cash for a brand new scholar well being middle.

The college’s working price range injects an estimated $12 billion into the native and state economic system.

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Marching to Paris

Last week, we checked in with the Florida A&M University Marching “100,” who performed on the Louis Vuitton Men’s Fashion Show on the Louvre Museum in Paris on Thursday. Their newest dispatch from the “City of Love” explains how they landed the gig.

British DJ Benji B, music director at Louis Vuitton Men’s, stated the artistic imaginative and prescient for this yr’s present referred to as for a marching band. His analysis of marching band tradition took him straight to the Marching “100.”

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Benji B within the studio observing the Marching “100” Band rehearse in Paris. Image by way of Tony Leavell.

“It’s watching homemade videos and iPhone footage of the Mighty Rattler Intro and the Snake Walk,” Benji B stated. “I have a great deal of respect for the incredible culture and heritage of this art form. What they do is at the very top. It may feel exciting to be in Paris to do this project, but it’s just as exciting to us, and it’s just as much of an honor to have what they do on the runway.”

The thought for a marching band efficiency within the males’s trend present had been mentioned in earlier seasons between Benji B and then-Louis Vuitton Creative Director Virgil Abloh, an African American designer who died in November at age 41 shortly after being identified with most cancers.

It’s not the primary time the Marching “100” have gone worldwide — and even to Paris. Director of Bands Shelby Chipman, who carried out with the Band on the Bastille Day parade throughout their 1989 Paris journey, stated he was delighted by the scholars’ vitality and dedication.

“The opportunity to perform in this EPIC moment in Paris, France, during the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show is truly another major accomplishment and adds to our strong legacy of excellence. It speaks to the amazing talent we have in the Incomparable Marching ‘100,’” Chipman stated.

“Much love to Louis Vuitton and their artistic director Benji B and the entire team. You are officially honorary FAMU Rattlers for Life.”

Capitol Directions

CD 6.24.22

Ron DeSantis — Up arrow — Thank the political gods he gained, stopping a situation wherein Florida’s sitting Governor was indicted.

Ron DeSantis, Part 2 — Up arrow — New Hampshire gave Trump his first W in 2016. It would possibly give DeSantis his in 2024.

Casey DeSantis — Up arrow — There won’t ever be a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner for baby welfare, however ‘Continue the Mission’ will get us nearer.

Casey DeSantis — Down arrow — If solely she’d have began Mamas for Moffitt and satisfied her husband to not veto all that $$$.

Andrew Gillum — Down arrow — John Morgan stated it finest: He single-handedly destroyed the Democratic Party in Florida, maybe perpetually.

Chris King — Down arrow — Just assume: Had Gillum and he gained and Gillum subsequently indicted, he’d be measuring the drapes within the Governor’s Office proper now.

Sean Pittman — Up arrow — What’s actually fascinating is the way you DID NOT learn the distinguished lobbyist’s title wherever within the indictment. He’s clear!

Adam Corey — Up arrow — His title was not within the indictment, both. But not as a result of he’s clear.

Kevin Cate — Crossways arrow — Maybe now the previous adviser to Gillum will perceive the depth of hatred and resentment for his former good friend.

Jack Campbell — Down arrow — Obliviousness isn’t a advantage.

HD 8 candidates — Up arrow — With Sharon Lettman-Hicks sidelined, the Democratic Primary could be price watching.

Allison Tant — Up arrow — Her opponent both lied on her paperwork, can’t learn, or tossed the incorrect elements into her CBD matcha.

Josie Tomkow — Up arrow — Horace West would be the solely non-Zoomer who doesn’t know fill out a examine, however that simply means Tomkow’s trip begins Aug. 24.

Division of Elections — Down arrow — Does qualifying paperwork function on the honour system?

Tom Leek — Up arrow — His opponent began campaigning early. He stopped campaigning early, too.

Shawn Harrison — Down arrow — For somebody who simply acquired muscled, he’s taking it fairly effectively.

Citizens Insurance — Down arrow — It might as effectively rebrand to Trial Attorney’s Property Insurance Corp.

Erik Eikenberg — Down arrow — There’s one thing about the way in which he talks … It’s like he’s talking at 30 kHz.

FP&L — Down arrow — If they took the vitality they put into tailing Nate Monroe and pumped it into the grid, he’d have quite a bit much less to write down about.

Florida Retail Federation — Up arrow — Now, retail theft rings are those contemplating closing store.

First wives — Up arrow — It’s not yacht cash, it’s your cash.

Grandparents — Up arrow — Many will likely be reuniting with their grandchildren quickly, due to the ‘Markel Act.’

Apopka — Up arrow — The metropolis’s title seems like a vodka model, and now that downtown companies can get liquor licenses, it in all probability will likely be.

Butt lifts — Crossways arrow — When the Florida Board of Medicine slaps, surgeons don’t flip the opposite cheek.

Brooks Koepka — Crossways arrow — PGA to LIV looks as if a downgrade, and Trump programs aren’t precisely TPC Sawgrass-quality, however the Saudis are writing huge checks.

FAMU’s Marching 100 — Up arrow — That’s “FAMU’s Internationally Renowned Marching 100,” thanks very a lot.

Jeff Culhane — Up arrow — We hope the Seminoles give him many alternatives to say, “Trot in there, baby.”

All Saints Cafe — Crossways arrow — It’s gone for now, however possibly not gone perpetually.

Bullwinkle’s — Down arrow — A parking zone fireplace is on-brand.


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