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The purpose of this summary provided by the Communications Department of The Florida Bar is to present media coverage that may be of interest to members. Opinions expressed in the articles are attributable solely to the authors. The Florida Bar does not adopt or endorse any opinions expressed below. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

November 07, 2019

  1. The Florida Bar

    SENATE CONSIDERS ALLOWING JUDGES MORE SENTENCING DISCRETION

    The Florida Bar | Article | November 07, 2019

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on the Senate’s review of ethnic and racial statistics on crime, the Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year and more sentencing discretion allowed by judges.  The Senate Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly Nov. 6 to give judges more leeway to depart from minimum mandatory sentences for certain non-violent drug-trafficking crimes. Representatives from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association declined to speak against the legislation but told the committee they remain opposed.

  2. Judicial Issues

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT CASTS CRITICAL EYE ON AMENDMENT 4 AND FELONS’ VOTING RIGHTS

    Miami Herald | Article | November 06, 2019

    On Wednesday [Nov. 6] Florida Supreme Court justices responded to a request made in August from Gov. Ron DeSantis, who asked them to clarify a narrow, but contentious, issue surrounding Amendment 4.  Justices posed questions to attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida about supporters’ past statements about whether felons were required to pay back all court fees, fines and restitution before being allowed to register to vote.

  3. Civil Justice

    JUDGE STRIKES DOWN 2 SARASOTA COUNTY CHARTER AMENDMENTS

    Sarasota Herald Tribune | Article | November 06, 2019

    12th Judicial Circuit Judge Hunter Carroll has ruled that two Sarasota County charter amendments approved by voters last year are invalid and cannot be enforced. In a 25-page ruling, Judge Carroll concluded that voters do not have the power to adopt, amend or repeal ordinances. Instead, those powers remain with the County Commission under the charter.

  4. Civil Justice

    FEDERAL JUDGE BACKS ‘BEST AND BRIGHTEST’ SETTLEMENT

    CBS Local 4 | Article | November 06, 2019

    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida Judge Robert Hinkle has given preliminary approval to a settlement that calls for the state to pay $15.5 million in a class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination against black, Hispanic and older teachers in the controversial “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program. Hinkle’s order Monday [Nov. 4] said the $15.5 million “settlement fund is a fair and reasonable recovery considering all the facts and circumstances” in the case. He will hold what is known as a “fairness” hearing in March, after which he could give final approval to the settlement.

  5. Legislative

    CONGRESS APPROVES BILL EXPANDING ANIMAL CRUELTY LAW

    WLOS | Article | November 07, 2019

    On Tuesday [Nov. 5] Congress unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act bill sponsored by Florida Reps. Ted Deutch (D) and Vern Buchanan (R) making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The act is limited to interstate commerce and federal property and would not interfere with local animal cruelty laws or enforcement.

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