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Jan. 15, 2014
JUSTICE LEWIS HONORED FOR WORK ON JUSTICE TEACHING PROGRAM -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Jan. 14, 2014.
Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis and Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association Inc., are the recipients of the 2014 Sandra Day O'Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. The award honors an organization, court or individual who promotes, inspires or leads innovation in judicial-related civics education. Lewis and Pitts worked jointly on Florida's Justice Teaching program and other civics education initiatives. Lewis created the program, and Pitts developed the teaching materials. The award is given out by the National Center for State Courts.
FLA. GOV. TAPS FORMER LEGISLATOR AS RUNNING MATE -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Jan. 14, 2014. [Also: LOPEZ-CANTERA NAMED STATE'S FIRST HISPANIC LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, Jan. 15, 2014.]
By The Associated Press. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday [Jan. 14] tapped former legislator and Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as lieutenant governor and his running mate for 2014. He starts the job Feb. 3. Lopez-Cantera, 40, served eight years in the Florida Legislature, rising to the position of House Majority Leader from 2010 to 2012. He was elected property appraiser in 2012. Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned in March 2012 after she was interviewed by law-enforcement authorities about work she once did for a charity that prosecutors have said was a front for a widespread gambling ring.
LAWMAKERS MOVE QUICKLY ON REWRITE OF FLORIDA SEXUAL PREDATOR LAWS -- Florida Times-Union (requires subscription), http://www.jacksonville.com, Jan. 15, 2014.
With a flurry of unanimous votes, the Legislature is quickly pushing forward a multi-pronged overhaul of state sexual predator laws, with the ultimate goal of making those laws “the toughest in the nation.” A trio of Senate bills passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Monday [Jan. 13], and another two passed a separate Senate committee Tuesday [Jan. 14] morning. Among other things, one of the bills makes a host of “adult-on-minor” sex crimes first-degree felonies punishable by up to life in prison. Currently, the crimes covered are first-degree felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Separate legislation looks to strengthen the process to determine if someone convicted of a sex crime should be committed as a “sexually violent predator,” which is someone deemed a high risk to commit another sex crime.
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SCOTT TAKES DRUG TESTING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT -- The Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, Jan. 15, 2014.
By the News Service of Florida. Arguing that Florida has an "overriding interest in a drug-free workforce,'' Gov. Rick Scott has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of a drug-testing policy for tens of thousands of state employees. Lawyers for Scott filed a petition Monday [Jan. 13] asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year ruled against across-the-board drug testing.