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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday July 21, 2019 ( 39 items )  

13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Circuit Court Judicial Vacancies
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 17 -- The Florida Judicial Nomination Commission issued the following news release: The Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission announces that the following applicants will be interviewed for consideration to be nominated to fill the vacancies on the Circuit Court of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe and the confirmation by the U. S. Senate of Circuit Judge Tom Barber to the   more

13th Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission Circuit Court Judicial Applicants
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 15 -- The Florida Judicial Nomination Commission issued the following news release: The 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission announces the list of applicants who have applied to the 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission for nomination to the Circuit Court to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe and the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Circuit Judge Tom Barber to the United States District Court for the Middle Distric  more

Amateur Athletic Union: Beyond the Court - Taking the Game Global
ORLANDO, Florida, July 19 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: The Olympics is the biggest worldwide event for professional athletes and spectators. Likewise, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is about to host its own AAU Junior Olympic Games, helping to reach the amateur level of athlete around the world. However, there are many more global initiatives at the grassroots level that are helping to communicate the language of basketball throughout the world. Inside Out Traini  more

American Academy of Optometry Announces 2019 Award Recipients
ORLANDO, Florida, July 16 -- The American Academy of Optometry issued the following news release: Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. "Our Academy is only as good as the people we honor. In 2019 we are honoring the best; our best teachers, researchers, clinicians, and rising stars of the future," remarked John G. Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, Awards Committee C  more

American Iron and Steel Institute: Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute Announces 2019-2020 Executive Committee Members
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The American Iron and Steel Institute issued the following news: The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has announced the members of its 2019-2020 Executive Committee. The committee is responsible for developing and maintaining the technology transfer activities related to cold-formed steel design through seminars, webinars and the publication of Technical Notes. Committee members serve for two years. The 2019-2020 CFSEI Executive Committee includes: * Chair   more

Association for Women in Science: Oklahoma's Hidden Figure Dr. Pamela McCauley
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Association for Women in Science issued the following news release: Pamela McCauley, PhD, embodies work-life integration and frequently travels to speak about her experiences as a STEM professional - innovator, educator, entrepreneur and professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. She is also the program director of NSF's I-Corps Program(TM). I-Corps(TM) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) init  more

Baptist Health Foundation Announces $1 Million Gift From Local Philanthropists Ken and Dee Meeks
MIAMI, Florida, July 17 -- Baptist Health Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - Ken and Dee Meeks continue tradition of community service and philanthropy * * * With immense gratitude, Baptist Health Foundation has announced a gift of $1 million from Ken and Dee Meeks to support the construction of a 10,000-square-foot medical office building, which will be named the Meeks Health & Wellness Center. "We are so grateful and excited to be able to start the process of building p  more

Baptist Health Medical Group Welcomes Family Medicine Physician Rachel Vallejo, M.D., to Its Primary Care Team
MIAMI, Florida, July 18 -- Baptist Health Medical Group, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, issued the following news release: Family medicine physician Rachel Vallejo, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, as part of Baptist Health Primary Care. Dr. Vallejo specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues, including simple and complex health   more

Baptist Health South Florida: Kenneth Spell Named Chief Executive Officer of Homestead Hospital
MIAMI, Florida, July 16 -- Baptist Health South Florida issued the following news release: Kenneth Spell has been named chief executive officer of Homestead Hospital, a 147-bed hospital that is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. He succeeds Bill Duquette, who was named chief executive officer of South Miami Hospital. Mr. Spell has been part of the Homestead Hospital executive leadership team for 12 years. Most recently he was  more

Center for Biological Diversity: Lawsuit Forces Trump Administration to Consider Oil Drilling's Harm to Endangered Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico
TAMPA, Florida, July 19 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: Prompted by a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups, the Trump administration has finally agreed to complete a legally required consultation about the harm offshore oil drilling does to whales and other threatened and endangered wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. The 2018 lawsuit -- filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Healthy Gulf (f.k.a. Gulf Restoration Netw  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Argentine Journalist Daniel Santoro Summoned, Phone Records Seized in Extortion Investigation
MIAMI, Florida, July 16 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over an Argentine court's summons of journalist Daniel Santoro and urged authorities to respect the confidentiality of journalistic sources. On June 10, the Federal Court of First Instance of Dolores, in Buenos Aires province, summoned Santoro, an investigative journalist at national daily Clarin, to appear on July 17 in relation to his alleged  more

Enterprise Florida: Private-Sector Industries Continue to Create More Jobs for Floridians
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 19 -- Enterprise Florida issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida's private-sector industries are creating more jobs for Floridians and Florida's economy continues to remain strong. Low taxes and reasonable regulations continue to drive businesses in all industries to expand in Florida, fueling a strong private-sector job growth rate. Positive economic indicators for the month of June include: * Private-sector industries  more

Florida Farm Bureau: State Award Finalists Announced for Young Farmers and Ranchers
GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 18 -- The Florida Farm Bureau issued the following news: The finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau's 2019 Achievement in Agriculture, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet awards. The awards honor young farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18-35 for their hard work, innovation and ability to solve top agricultural challenges. The finalists will compete for the top statewide honor at the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Orlando, Oct. 30-  more

Florida Realtors 2019 Convention & Trade Expo Offers Success Strategies, Tips to Boost Business
ORLANDO, Florida, July 16 -- Florida Realtors issued the following news release: Success strategies from top industry leaders, the latest in high-tech devices and a chance to network with other real estate professionals: That's what the Florida Realtors(R) 2019 Convention & Trade Expo offers - opportunities to boost business and the bottom line. This year's Convention & Trade Expo takes place Aug. 21-22, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, with the popular REBarCamp slated to k  more

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2019 Commanders Academy Graduating Class IX
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 19 -- The Florida Sheriffs Association issued the following news release: Today, sheriff deputies and personnel representing 31 Florida sheriffs' offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association's prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that is vital for public safety leaders of the next generation. The Commanders Academy has become recognized as the premier course of executive study for   more

Former Institute of Internal Auditors Chairmen Harrington and Tarling Recognized for Distinguished Service
LAKE MARY, Florida, July 15 -- The Institute of Internal Auditors issued the following news release: The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession's most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications, honors former Global Chairmen Lawrence J. Harrington (2015-16) and Philip D. Tarling (2012-13) with the 2019 Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service. The award, annually recognizing individuals for their outstanding  more

Foundation for Excellence in Education: Governor Jeb Bush to Host National Summit on Education Reform
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 16 -- The Foundation for Excellence in Education issued the following news release: Governor Jeb Bush will open the Foundation for Excellence in Education's (ExcelinEd) 12th annual National Summit on Education Reform on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in San Diego, California. "Today's students need transformative change. They need schools that are academically accountable--and meaningful options when they're not. They need skilled teachers with innovative approaches. And they ne  more

Foundation for Excellence Issues Statement on Signing of Ohio's Comprehensive Education Budget
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 19 -- The Foundation for Excellence in Education issued the following statement by CEO Patricia Levesque on the signing of Ohio's education budget, which includes funding for expanding quality public charter schools, private education choice and industry certification incentives: "This investment in students gives working-class families and underserved communities access to outstanding educational opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. "We applaud Govern  more

Foundation for Government Accountability Applauds Judge's Motion to Allow Expansion of Short-Term Plans
NAPLES, Florida, July 19 -- The Foundation for Government Accountability issued the following news: After a federal judge ruled the Trump administration's efforts to expand short-term limited duration health insurance plans can continue, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) released the following statement: "This ruling is a big win for 2.5 million uninsured Americans who stand to gain coverage due to additional options for short-term plans," said Josh Archambault, senior fellow   more

Institute for Justice: Federal Court Upholds Censorship of Dietary Advice
PENSACOLA, Florida, July 18 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: * * * - Health Coach Plans to Appeal Decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals * * * In a blow to entrepreneurs across the Sunshine State, a federal judge yesterday upheld a Florida law that gives state licensed dietitians and nutritionists a monopoly on giving individualized dietary advice. The ruling means that privately certified health coaches like plaintiff Heather Del Castillo can face up to  more

Institute of Internal Auditors Honors 2007-08 Chairman Gerald Cox With Bishop Lifetime Achievement Award
LAKE MARY, Florida, July 15 -- The Institute of Internal Auditors issued the following news release: The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession's most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications, honors former IIA Global Chairman Gerald D. Cox (2007-08) with the prestigious William G. Bishop IIII, C-I-A Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes individual IIA members who, through a lifetime of accomplishments  more

Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Educational Water Videos Echoes Landmark Florida Keys Coral Research
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 18 -- The Florida Chamber of Commerce issued the following news: On the heels of a landmark 30-year study of ailing Florida Keys coral showing nutrient-supercharged water from as far north as Orlando contributing to the harmful impacts on our coral reefs, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the latest in a series of educational water videos which points to 97 percent of water going into Lake Okeechobee coming from north of the lake - Kissimmee, and most of   more

Michael Thibodeau Pledges Support for U.S. Term Limits on Congress
MELBOURNE, Florida, July 17 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the non-partisan national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praises Michael Thibodeau, 2020 U.S. House candidate for Florida's 7th congressional district, for signing the pledge for an amendment to term limit Congress. Currently, U.S. Term Limits has the support of nearly 70 pledge signers in Congress. USTL President Philip Blumel commented on the pledge saying  more

Mike Vilardi Pledges Support for U.S. Term Limits on Congress
MELBOURNE, Florida, July 17 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the non-partisan national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praises Mike Vilardi, 2020 U.S. House candidate from Florida's 22nd congressional district, for signing the pledge for an amendment to term limit Congress. Currently, U.S. Term Limits has the support of nearly 70 pledge signers in Congress. USTL President Philip Blumel commented on the pledge saying, "  more

National Center for Construction Education and Research Congratulates the 2019 SkillsUSA National Carpentry and Masonry Competition Winners
ALACHUA, Florida, July 18 -- The National Center for Construction Education and Research issued the following news release: NCCER is proud to recognize the winners of this year's SkillsUSA national carpentry and masonry competitions. The winners were announced on June 28 at the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 6,400 outstanding career and technical education (CTE) students competed in 103 different craft, technical and leadershi  more

National Parks Conservation Association: The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Park Service Must Take Bold Action to Protect Biscayne National Park Marine Wildlife
MIAMI, Florida, July 18 -- The National Parks Conservation Association issued the following news release: * * * - Decades of overfishing have severely depleted Biscayne's reef fish, and it's time for Florida and the Park Service to take action to protect them. * * * The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Board of Commissioners will meet today to review and discuss the Biscayne National Park Fishery Management Plan and hear a presentation from FWC staff regarding proposed  more

PETA: 'I'm Me, Not Meat' Billboard Aims to Honor Cows Killed in Truck Crash
HENDRY COUNTY, Florida, July 15 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Memorial Will Encourage People to Help Keep Animals out of Transport Vehicles by Going Vegan * * * In honor of the 37 cows who were killed when a truck carrying them overturned on County Road 833 in Hendry County on Wednesday, PETA plans to place a billboard near the crash site showing a cow's face next to the words "I'm ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan."   more

Plumbing Manufacturers International Opens Registration for PMI19 Conference, Nov. 4-7, in St. Pete Beach
ST. PETE BEACH, Florida, July 16 -- Plumbing Manufacturers International issued the following news release: Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) opened registration for the PMI19 Conference today, with early bird registration continuing until July 31. Focusing on "Manufacturing Success," the conference will be held from Nov. 4-7 at The Don Cesar hotel in St. Pete Beach, Fla. This year's conference will feature PMI's first-ever Aspiring Leaders' Program; keynote speakers Lindsey Pollak an  more

Recap: 2019 Amateur Athletic Union Club National Championships
ORLANDO, Florida, July 18 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: The biggest track and field event in Florida wrapped up on Saturday, July 13. The seven-day meet hosted 426 teams, consisting of 5,152 athletes in feats on the field and around the track. The first two days were ruled by the multi-events which saw a total of 288 athletes in the pentathlon, heptathlon and decathlon. Day three and four were dominated by the 100m and 200m preliminaries. A total of 211 100m and 259 2  more

Retail Environments Wins Silver Tabbie Award
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 17 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: For the fourth consecutive year, Retail Environments magazine has been recognized for editorial and design excellence in the Tabbie Awards, organized by TABPI (Trade Association Business Publications International). This year's wins include the publication's first-ever Silver Award for a special section that, according to one of the judges, "oozes creativity and fun, from concept to design to editorial." "  more

Shop! Environments Association: CallisonRTKL Names VP in Seattle Office
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 15 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: CallisonRTKL, a leading global retail architecture and design practice, announces that Anthony Perez AIA, LEED AP has joined the firm as a VP in the Seattle office. In a career of over two decades, Perez has emerged as a creative luminary in experiential environments, known for creating places that heighten commercial performance through a blend of high-touch technology with a consumer-centric sensibility.   more

Shop! Environments Association: IdX Moves, Expands China Manufacturing Hub
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 15 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: idX Corp., the global solution provider for consumer environment design, manufacturing, rollout, and installation, has moved to a new, larger manufacturing facility in Wujiang City, China, to support its growth in the APAC region. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., US, and with more than 20 offices worldwide, idX is one of the largest retail environment manufacturers in the industry. "This larger facility w  more

Shriners Hospitals for Children: Innovative Imaging Technology Provides 3D Assessment for Scoliosis
TAMPA, Florida, July 17 -- The Shriners Hospitals for Children issued the following news: Despite the skeletal system being a 3D structure, physicians often use 2D imaging technologies like X-ray to assess patients in an upright position to help diagnose the cause of pain and discomfort. For scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, there is an exciting technology that plays a key role in our ability to care for patients. It's called the EOS(R) system, a low dose imaging system that allows   more

Shriners Hospitals for Children: Radiation Exposure for Children With Scoliosis Can Be Reduced by 50 Percent
TAMPA, Florida, July 15 -- The Shriners Hospitals for Children issued the following news: Medical imaging plays a crucial role in helping to diagnose and treat medical conditions. For the spine and conditions like scoliosis, a sideways curvature of spine, there is an exciting technology that plays a key role in our ability to care for patients. It's called the EOS(R) system, a low dose imaging system that allows for accurate evaluation and treatment planning of skeletal conditions. Reducing ra  more

Sierra Club Issues Statement on Florida's Volkswagen Settlement Funding Plan
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 17 -- The Sierra Club Foundation issued the following statement by Florida Chapter Director Frank Jackalone on the Volkswagen settlement funding plan: Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its draft plan for how the state proposes to spend $166 million from the national Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Florida is the last state to release a draft plan for its settlement money, while other states have already invested monies  more

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: Group Launches Driving on Sunshine Electric Vehicle Roadshow, Offers Floridians Free Tesla Test Drives
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, July 17 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release: * * * - Launch event to be held Saturday in West Palm Beach * * * Nonprofit advocacy group Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is hitting the road this summer to educate Floridians across the state about the many benefits of electric vehicles by offering firsthand driving experiences. The Driving on Sunshine electric vehicle roadshow will officially launch this Saturday, July 20, wit  more

Southern Poverty Law Center Sues Florida Officials Over Law Requiring Police to Act as ICE Agents
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, July 16 -- Southern Poverty Law Center issued the following news: The SPLC and its partners sued top Florida officials today over a new state law that requires local police to act as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The suit argues that the law - which also prohibits sanctuary policies that block local governments from cooperating with federal immigration authorities - is unconstitutional and will hurt the most vulnerable residents. "Entangling ICE a  more

United We Dream: Demand to #CloseTheCamps Escalates With Actions Throughout the Summer
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- United We Dream issued the following news release: Immigrant justice, faith-based and civil rights organizations are continuing to mobilize #CloseTheCamp actions across the country. Over the next few weeks, organizations such as United We Dream, Dream Action Oklahoma, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, RAICES, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Workers Defense Project, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights,  more

Veterans of Foreign Wars: 10,000 Pounds of Corn
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, July 17 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: * * * - VFW is 'proud' to fight food insecurity in Florida * * * The VFW aligned with Humana and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in June for a gleaning, or gathering of leftovers after a harvest, near Orlando to help combat food insecurity among central Florida families. Volunteers picked more than 10,000 pounds of corn from a field at Long & Scott Farms in Lake County, Fla. Abo  more