KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN) – On Wednesday evening, Republican state Senate candidate Peter Vivaldi announced his repeat attempt to unseat Democratic state Senator Victor Torres in the November general election. Vivaldi believes Torres’s lack of vision to lead, failure to pass legislation, failure to deliver state funding for the district and turning his back on the community makes Vivaldi a better choice.
Nearly 250 community citizens, leaders and other political candidates
congregated at the Matador in downtown Kissimmee to join Peter Vivaldi in his
kickoff for State Senate in the newly drawn District 25.
“I think this is a new time for our community,” Vivaldi said in a press statement. “For over a decade, the community has been asking and longing for new and positive change.” Throughout the campaign, Vivaldi will be out in the community talking to voters and listening to their concerns to make a difference for them in Tallahassee.
“When I go to Tallahassee, the bills I propose will be about benefiting and
enhancing the quality of life for our constituents and their families,” the press release stated. “Now is the time to have a representative that has the community’s priorities in mind, and who can build the argument to have those needs and priorities written into law.”
State Senator Linda Stewart Filed Bill To Fight Human Traffickers
Tallahassee, FL – Senator Linda Stewart (D – Orlando) has begun crafting a bill to address the human trafficking epidemic seen across the State of Florida. The bill looks to include expanded requirements for the posting of human trafficking awareness signs, increase hours of training on trafficking for law enforcement, and create a human trafficking data repository allowing anonymous tips.
In recent years, it was revealed that the state’s hotels and motels had been favored by human traffickers to conduct their illegal trade, and Central Florida had an exceedingly high amount of human trafficking in hotels, ranking in at the third largest region for trafficking in the state.
The bill will additionally work on adjusting language passed last session by Senator Stewart in her Tenant Safety bill, also known as Miya’s law. The bill prohibited hourly rentals at certain lodging establishments in an effort to curb exploitation.
“I’ve always advocated for human trafficking reform, and we can’t wait any longer with people’s lives at stake,” said Stewart. “I’m hoping that my legislation will see bipartisan support so we can work to put an end to trafficking across the state.”
VIDEO: Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates 2nd Annual India Republic Day in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN) – Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez hosted the 2023 India Republic Day in Kissimmee for the second year in a row, in partnership with the Indian American Chamber of Commerce and other community partners. The festival celebrated the ratification of India’s constitution and Indian culture in the Central Florida community.
FAMU Law Fellows and Partners Provide Support to Eatonville Families with Heirs’ Property Issues
ORLANDO, Fla –Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students Madison Flanagan, Alec Rose, and Sofie Barrett have been selected as Heirs’ Property Protection Legal Fellows working with Helping Everyone Live Prosperously (H.E.L.P.) Community Development Corporation and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida to provide free legal services to families in Eatonville that are experiencing heirs’ property issues.
“I have always been committed to giving back to my community,” said third-year FAMU Law student Flanagan. The Allamuchy, New Jersey native continued, “I hope that by working on the Heirs’ Property Project alongside such dedicated and hardworking people from H.E.L.P. CDC and Community Legal Services, who have a true passion for giving back to the community, I will be able to make a positive and meaningful impact on those living in Eatonville.”
Fellows provide legal assistance in real estate, probate, title, and estate planning. “Fellows are also engaged in property mapping, tax, and other public records research, will prepare community outreach and informational materials, attend community meetings and participate in educational presentations,” said FAMU Law Clinic Director Mark Dorosin.
H.E.L.P. Community Development Corporation is a HUD-approved, Central Florida-based, comprehensive housing counseling agency that provides quality financial education and counseling to improve the lives and financial stability of individuals and families.
“We are so excited to be working with our FAMU Law fellows to help Eatonville,” said Deputy Executive Director Nicole Oriol, H.E.L.P. “Their enthusiasm and commitment to working on this project is inspirational. Each of them contributes knowledge and skills that are important for our program’s success.”
Families with heirs’ property in the Town of Eatonville may contact H.E.L.P. CDC at (407) 628-4832 ext. 188700.
Community Legal Services is the primary provider of no-cost legal services to the most vulnerable in Central Florida, helping them to protect their families, health, and livelihoods. For legal assistance, call the CLS Helpline at 1-800-405-1417.
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