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November 05, 2019
The Florida Bar
The Florida Bar | Article | November 05, 2019
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on David C. Reeves, the new Chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy and e-filing for trial court judges. Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an administrative order on Nov. 1 accepting recommendations from the Supreme Court Florida Courts Technology Commission and the Judicial E-filing Workgroup, which includes having judges electronically sign and file their orders and having lawyers electronically submit proposed orders to judges.
FLORIDA UNNECESSARILY PUT CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN NURSING HOMES. IT’S STILL FIGHTING THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT
Orlando Weekly | Article | November 05, 2019
Florida is asking a full federal appeals court to take up a dispute about whether the U.S. Department of Justice can pursue a lawsuit against the state over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act — a case stemming from concerns about “medically fragile” children being placed in nursing homes. Lawyers for the state last week asked for a rehearing before the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel of the court in September backed the authority of the Department of Justice to pursue the lawsuit.
News Chief | Article | November 04, 2019
Florida clerks of court say Marsy’s Law, the constitutional amendment that gave sweeping new rights to crime victims and their families and which took effect Jan. 8, needs some adjustments. A task force organized by Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacey Butterfield proposed several updates to the law that they said would better protect victims’ information on Oct. 18 at a meeting of The Florida Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.
PINELLAS CO. FILES ANOTHER LEGAL BRIEF IN FLORIDA SUPREME COURT BATTLE TO AVOID PAYING TAXES ON PASCO LAND
Florida Politics | Article | November 04, 2019
In a brief filed Friday [Nov. 1], with the Florida Supreme Court, Pinellas County contends it is immune from taxation on property it owns in Pasco County because the county is a political subdivision of the state. The county stopped paying taxes on the property and sued Pasco County for reimbursement of tax payments made for 2014 through 2016. A trial court sided with Pinellas County, but an appeals court later overturned that decision and the matter will now go before the Florida Supreme Court. The decision could have statewide implications for other county governments that own property outside of their own geographic boundaries.
Orlando Weekly | Article | November 04, 2019
The NRA, Attorney General Ashley Moody and the National Shooting Sports Foundation filed three separate briefs on Friday [Nov. 1] at the Florida Supreme Court in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment that aims to do away with assault weapons in Florida. The political action committee Ban Assault Weapons NOW is trying to place the proposed amendment on the November 2020 ballot. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on Feb. 4 to decide whether the wording of the ballot proposal meets legal requirements.