Local & State

House passes transgender athlete bill

by PAT RAIA, [email protected]

A bill that would prohibit transgender athletes from competing with biological female athletes was passed by the Florida House of Representatives on April 14 by a 77 to 40 margin. The vote took place just two days after the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issued a statement on their position regarding transgender athletes and factors considered by the NCAA in determining where championships are held.

Executive order bans vaccine passports in Florida

An executive emergency order issued by Gov. DeSantis on Friday, April 2, bans “Vaccination Passports” issued by governing agencies. A vaccine passport is a paper or electronic document issued by either a governmental or private sector entity that is used to prove that someone has received the COVID-19 vaccination.  The executive order also prevents Florida businesses from requiring that customers prove they have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 before entering a business.

Senate supports out-of-state online sales tax legislation

Pat Raia

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On March 25 Florida's State Senate approved legislation in a 30-10 vote to require online retailers who do not have a physical presence in Florida to collect sales taxes and remit them to the state of Florida. Revenue derived from collecting the sales taxes would be used to boost the State's unemployment compensation system.

Proposal provides bonus for civics teachers

Teachers who demonstrate excellence in civics education would be eligible for a cash bonus under a plan unveiled by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week. Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship.

We're all expected to exercise the duties of citizenship,” DeSantis said. “And that of course means voting, but it also means being involved in your community, participating in the political process in some way or another.”