TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – 2017 DAYTONA 500 champion Kurt Busch received his honorary Tampa Bay Lightning jersey at Amalie Arena Thursday. His jersey swap with Tampa Lightning forward Tyler Johnson was part of NASCAR’s nationwide media campaign to promote the 60th annual DAYTONA 500, which descends on Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 18, 2018.
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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Proposed Legislation on Teacher’s Bill of Rights
- Prohibit any union representing public employees from having its dues and assessments deducted by the public employee’s employer.
- Require employees to submit a form acknowledging that Florida is a right to work state and union participation is optional.
- Require school unions to annually notify members of the cost of membership.
- Prohibit the distribution of union materials at the workplace.
- Union officials cannot be paid more than the highest paid union member.
- Prohibit union work while on the clock for their taxpayer funded job.
- Prohibit school board members and superintendents from accepting a personal or work-related benefit such as a secret “office account” from a school union.
- Establish a new process for individuals to notify the state of a violation of teachers’ rights and ensure that the Department of Education can investigate those claims.
- Empower teachers to maintain safe classroom environments by creating a “stand your ground” classroom safety policy to protect teachers who are often judged unfairly for maintaining order and safety in their classrooms.
- Clarify that teachers have the choice to join their local teachers union and will not face any repercussions if they opt not to join.
- Providing civil remedies for teachers who are asked to violate Florida law and punished by their employers for standing up for what is right.
Former State Representative Daisy Morales statement about the mass shooting in Monterey Park, California
ORLANDO, Fla. (January 22, 2023) – Former State Representative Daisy Morales, the 2022 sponsor of the Active Shooter Alert System legislation (HB 1271), issued the following statement about the mass shooting in Monterey Park, California that left 10 dead and 10 wounded.
Former Florida State Representative Daisy Morales’ statement:
“I am horrified and deeply saddened to learn about the attack in Monterey Park following the 2023 Lunar New Year festival. I condemn this terrible and senseless act of violence against the Asian American community.
“America is becoming a country where human life doesn’t matter to some lawmakers over senseless gun violence. Lawmakers have a constitutional duty to build a safer future for all Americans and my Active Shooter Alert System legislation will do that.
“I look forward to working with state law enforcement officials, the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and state lawmakers to reintroduce this lifesaving piece of legislation during the 2023 Legislative Session.”
Florida high court OKs grand jury probe of COVID-19 vaccines
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court will convene a grand jury at Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to investigate any wrongdoing with respect to the COVID-19 vaccines, the court announced Thursday.
The Republican governor, who is often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2024, earlier this month called for the investigation. He suggested it would be in part aimed to jog loose more information from pharmaceutical companies about the vaccines and potential side effects.
Vaccine studies funded by pharmaceutical companies that developed COVID-19 vaccines have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, and government panels reviewed data on the safety and effectiveness of the shots before approving them for use.
DeSantis’ request argues that pharmaceutical companies had a financial interest in creating a climate in which people believed that getting a coronavirus vaccine would ensure they couldn’t spread the virus to others.
Statewide grand juries, usually comprised of 18 people, can investigate criminal activity and issue indictments but also examine systemic problems in Florida and make recommendations. Recent panels have tackled immigration issues and school safety.
The grand jury will meet for one year.
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