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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 47 items )  

2019 USPOULTRY Financial Management Seminar Addresses Challenges Affecting the Bottom Line
TUCKER, Georgia, July 25 -- The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association issued the following news release: "There are three imperatives the U. S. poultry and egg industry should embrace: an intense focus on quality and transparency in the face of increasing world demand for poultry, leading consumers instead of risking being disrupted by external forces,and an innovative approach to consumer preferences," said Bill Lovette, chairman of Joseph James Capital Partners LLC,at the recent USPOULTRY Financia  more

9th Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission Notice of Meeting and Interview Schedule for Judicial Vacancy
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 24 -- The Florida Judicial Nomination Commission issued the following news release: The Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the law offices of Gray Robinson, P.A., 301 E. Pine St., Ste. 1400, Orlando to interview candidates for one circuit bench judicial vacancy. The interviews will occur in the order set forth below and will begin promptly at 9 a.m. INTERVIEW SCHEDULE as of July 23, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. BREAKFAST   more

Alliance Defending Freedom: Lawsuit Prompts Florida County to End Discrimination Against Religious School
ENGLEWOOD, Florida, July 22 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following news release: * * * - ADF attorneys represent Englewood Church of the Nazarene in legal challenge to Sarasota County's zoning practices * * * A federal lawsuit that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed on behalf of a Sarasota County church and religious school has prompted the county to reverse course and approve the church's use of its property to educate children in its religious school. The county had  more

American Accounting Association: Tax-Reform Bill Has Boosted Multinationals' Capital Investments Abroad More Than at Home, Study Finds
SARASOTA, Florida, July 23 -- The American Accounting Association issued the following news release: If there is one thing generally agreed about the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA), the tax reform signed into law by President Trump in December 2017, it is that the legislation engendered great expectations. Through such measures as sharply reducing the U.S. corporate tax rate, speeding depreciation deductions, and greatly lowering the cost of repatriating vast undistributed earnings of foreign subs  more

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International: Speakers Emphasize Safety at Automated Vehicles Symposium
ORLANDO, Florida, July 25 -- The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International issued the following news release: * * * - Initiatives discussed to enhance safety, provide guidance on technology development and risk management * * * Government and industry leaders emphasized the importance of safety in the development of self-driving cars when addressing attendees at the 2019 Automated Vehicles Symposium (AVS), which was hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Internat  more

Audubon Florida: St. Johns County's Fish Island Protected as Public Park
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 26 -- Audubon Florida issued the following news release: Governor DeSantis and his cabinet approved the purchase of the 57-acre Fish Island in St. Johns County, a pristine property that represents one of the only natural waterfronts in St. Augustine. The island was originally slated for development, but strong local advocacy, including Bald Eagle monitoring data, eventually convinced the landowner to sell the property; it will now become a public park. Fish Island is  more

Baptist Health South Florida Inpatient Rehabilitation Relocating to Homestead Hospital
MIAMI, Florida, July 22 -- Baptist Health South Florida issued the following news release: A new, 23-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit opened July 20th at Homestead Hospital, accommodating the relocation of Baptist Hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Baptist Health Rehabilitation cares for children (ages 4 and up) and adults who are facing an acute or disabling injury or illness. The program includes certified rehabilitation nurses and a full complement of physical, speech, occupation  more

Baptist Health South Florida Named One of PEOPLE'S '50 Companies That Care' by Great Place to Work and PEOPLE
MIAMI, Florida, July 24 -- Baptist Health South Florida issued the following news release: Great Place to Work and PEOPLE have honored Baptist Health South Florida as one of PEOPLE's "50 Companies That Care". The third annual list will be featured in the August 3, 2019 issue of PEOPLE, which hits newsstands nationwide on Wednesday, July 24. Baptist Health earned the #21 spot on the list. Rankings represent feedback from over 4.5 million U.S. employees. PEOPLE partnered with Great Place to Work  more

CareerSource Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Florida Businesses to Recruit and Hire Veterans
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 25 -- CareerSource Florida (formerly the Workforce Florida) issued the following news: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) celebrate national Hire a Veteran Day by encouraging Florida businesses to recruit and employ veterans. Florida businesses can benefit from the education, leadership experience and dedication veterans have cultivated in their military service. "We're proud to celebrate Hire a Veteran Day in Florid  more

Colombia Chef Competition: Where USA Rice Federation Meets Tradition and Innovation
BOGOTA, Colombia, July 26 -- USA Rice Federation issued the following news: The week-long, fifth annual professional chefs' competition, Maestros del Sabor, Duenos del Sazon (Masters of Flavor, Owners of Spice), has begun with events taking place here, in Cartagena, and in Barranquilla. Co-sponsored by USA Rice, the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, and the Kansas Soybean Commission, the competition attracts top chefs from all over the country who submit their best dishes to earn a coveted trip  more

Committee to Protect Journalists Shot With Rubber Bullets, Groped While Covering Paraguay Protest
MIAMI, Florida, July 25 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Paraguay authorities should thoroughly investigate attacks against journalists at a protest in Asuncion and take measures to ensure that journalists can cover protests without being injured or assaulted, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 23, during a protest by taxi drivers in Asuncion, the capital, police fired rubber bullet pellets at a crowd, hitting at least two journalists, Fe  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Haitian Journalist Kendi Zidor Survives Shooting Attempt in Port-au-Prince
MIAMI, Florida, July 22 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a shooting attack on Haitian journalist Kendi Zidor in Port-au-Prince and urged Haitian authorities to investigate threats to Zidor and bring the perpetrators to justice. On the evening of July 16, three unidentified men on a motorcycle, two of whom were armed with guns, attempted to force Zidor to pull his car over while he was driving home and, when   more

Compsys Inc. Fosters Growth for Employees Through Economic Development Commission's Certified Production Technician Program
SPACE COAST, Florida, July 25 -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast issued the following news release: Compsys Inc., a local manufacturer specializing in the production of PRISMA composite preforms has now successfully sent nearly 15% of its employee base through the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast's (EDC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) course. The CPT course, a 10-week program through Eastern Florida State College, provides skills-base  more

Computing Technology Industry Association and ITProTV Embark on a U.S. Tour Celebrating IT Professionals
GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 22 -- The Computing Technology Industry Association issued the following news release: CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for technology professionals around the world, and ITProTV, the home of binge-worthy learning(TM) for IT professionals, have teamed up for a cross-country tour of U.S. cities to celebrate IT Professionals Week and generate participation in CompTIA ChannelCon 2019. The 15-city tour, which started in Florida, will   more

Discover a 'Well'-Th of Offerings in the Palm Beaches This October
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, July 23 -- Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, issued the following news release: * * * - Destination-wide health and wellness activities to relax, rejuvenate and re-nourish * * * A season of sanctuary is on the horizon, and Discover The Palm Beaches invites visitors and locals to enjoy serene spas, outdoor wellness activities and healthy dining this October during its fourth annual Spa & Wellness Month. Just a s  more

Economic Development Commission Secures Second Grant for Brevard County Emergency Operations Center
SPACE COAST, Florida, July 23 -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast issued the following news release: * * * - Brevard's EOC critical to Patrick Air Force Base, local, state, and federal governments. * * * The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast (EDC) has secured a Defense Infrastructure Grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in the amount of $366,666. This is the second consecutive year that the EDC identified this opportunit  more

Enterprise Florida, Inc. Highlights High-Tech and Manufacturing Industries
CLEARWATER, Florida, July 26 -- Enterprise Florida issued the following news release: Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) held its first EFI Snapshot event today in Pinellas County at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter. The event - in partnership with Pinellas County Economic Development, St. Petersburg College and Port Tampa Bay - brought together EFI leadership, elected officials, stakeholders and local business leaders to highlight the high-tech and manufacturing industries, as well as to discu  more

Florida Bar: Supreme Court Disciplines 27 Attorneys
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 26 -- The Florida Bar issued the following news release: The Florida Bar, the state's guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 27 attorneys disbarring two, revoking the licenses of four, suspending 17 and reprimanding four. Eight attorneys received additional discipline. Six had periods of probation and two were ordered to pay restitution. Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to di  more

Florida Realtors: Fla.'s Housing Market - Median Prices, Inventory Up in June 2019
ORLANDO, Florida, July 23 -- Florida Realtors issued the following news release: In June, Florida's housing market reported rising median prices and increased inventory, including pending inventory and active listings inventory compared to a year ago, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors(R). Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 27,283 last month, down 1.9% from June 2018. "Sales cooled slightly in June, following what was a record-breaking month for home   more

Florida Retail Federation: Florida's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Coming Up August 2-6, With Technology Items Included This Year
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 24 -- The Florida Retail Federation issued the following news release: * * * - The Sunshine State's annual tax-free shopping holiday is extended to five days this year; Technology items up to $1,000 are included, and consumers of ALL ages can save money by taking advantage of buying thousands of eligible items * * * The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state's premier trade association celebrating more than 80 years of supporting Florida's retailers, is encoura  more

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Knot Lit Hauled in Significant Numbers to Create Safe Roads and Waterways
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 23 -- The Florida Sheriffs Association issued the following news release: Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Knot Lit, a strategic initiative in 33 Florida counties that focused on education and enforcement of Florida's roads and waterways to ensure the safety of our commuters. During this operation, 3,105 warnings and 3,144 traffic/boating citations were issued, 8,596 hours were dedicated during the enforcement   more

Foundation for Government Accountability Praises Trump Administration Efforts to Close Welfare Loopholes
NAPLES, Florida, July 23 -- The Foundation for Government Accountability issued the following news: Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new rule that will close welfare loopholes and standardize federal welfare eligibility rules. The Clinton and Obama administrations created and expanded the broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) loophole to extend food stamps to any individual "authorized to receive" a welfare brochure, meaning states don't have to check   more

Humana, Veterans of Foreign Wars Target Health and Well-Being of Veterans and Food Insecurity at the 120th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention
ORLANDO, Florida, July 22 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: * * * - 'Uniting to Combat Hunger' campaign doubles goal and donates more than 300,000 meals * * * Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation's leading health and well-being companies, is furthering its commitment to provide veterans with the resources, information and holistic guidance they need to achieve their best health as the lead sponsor of the 120th Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Con  more

Institute of Internal Auditors: Internal Auditor Magazine Wins Top Honors for Writing, Website
LAKE MARY, Florida, July 24 -- 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, announced today that its award-winning magazine for the profession, Internal Auditor, recently received several new honors for excellence in writing, editing, and design. The magazine won six awards at the 2019 Florida Medi  more

Integrated Environmental Assessment & Management Journal Issues 13 Research Articles in July 2019 Edition
PENSACOLA, Florida, July 27 -- The Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, a journal from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry that says it focuses on the application of science in environmental decision-making, regulation and management, published 13 research articles on the following topics in its July 2019 edition * A Procedure to Select Meteorological Data for Air Dispersion Modeling of Pesticide Applications in California * Conceptual Framework for Assessing E  more

Issues in Accounting Education Journal Issues 4 Research Articles in May 2019 Edition
SARASOTA, Florida, July 23 -- The Issues in Accounting Education, a journal from the American Accounting Association that says it features research, commentaries, instructional resources and book reviews that assist accounting faculty in teaching and that address important issues in accounting education, published four research articles on the following topics in its May 2019 edition: * "The Winter Oak": Inspiring Passion for Teaching * Embezzlement at the Grandview Community Recreation Associ  more

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Knight Invests $50 Million to Develop New Field of Research Around Technology's Impact on Democracy
MIAMI, Florida, July 22 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release: Today, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information. Amidst a growing debate over technology's role in our democracy, these investments will help ensure society is equipped to make evidence-based decisions on how to govern  more

Joint Commission Recognizes Five Hospitals as 2019 Expert Contributors for Leading ECQM Knowledge, Utilization
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, July 23 -- The Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) issued the following news release: * * * - Expert Contributors to share eCQM practices and successes in webinar series * * * The Joint Commission has recognized five hospitals/health care systems as 2019 Pioneers in Quality(TM) Expert Contributors for their efforts to lead electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) knowledge and utilization. This year's Exp  more

Journal of Planning Education & Research Issues 17 Research Articles in June 2019 Edition
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 22 -- The Journal of Planning Education and Research, a peer-reviewed journal that says it serves as a forum for planning educators and scholars (from both academia and practice) to present results from teaching and research that advance the profession and improve planning practice from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, published 17 research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2019 edition: * Assembling Policy: Transantiago, Human De  more

Leadership Conference on Human Rights Issues Statement on Confirmation of Berger to Florida District Court
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following statement by Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy and government affairs, on the confirmation of Wendy Berger to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Berger refused to state that the Supreme Court correctly decided Brown vs. Board of Education: "Today, senators confirmed Wendy Berger, who failed to state that Brown was correctly decided, proving that leaders on   more

Michael Bluemling Pledges Support for U.S. Term Limits on Congress
MELBOURNE, Florida, July 26 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release, dated July 30: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the non-partisan national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praises Michael Bluemling, 2020 U.S. House candidate from Florida's 21st congressional district, for signing the pledge for an amendment to term limit Congress. Recently, Victor Garcia da Rosa, another candidate in the race, also signed the term limits pledge. The primary election will be  more

Nathan Aspinall Named Nashville Symphony Assistant Conductor
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 25 -- The Nashville Symphony Association issued the following news release: The Nashville Symphony announced that Nathan Aspinall has been named the organization's new Assistant Conductor, effective at the start of the 2019/20 season. Aspinall will lead the GRAMMY(R)-winning orchestra on numerous music education programs, including Young People's Concerts for local students, as well as select Movie Series and Family Series concerts and special events. A native of Aus  more

National Association of Black Journalists: Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Weld to Participate in NABJ's Presidential Candidates Forum in Miami
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- The National Association of Black Journalists issued the following news: * * * - More than 3,500 Black Journalists and Media Professionals to Attend 2019 NABJ Convention * * * The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced the candidates for U.S. President who have accepted an invitation to participate in a special forum during the 2019 NABJ Convention & Career Fair. The event is the largest journalism conference in the nation. The NABJ Convention   more

National Newspaper Association Cheers Senators for Freedom of Information Act Bill
PENSACOLA, Florida, July 24 -- The National Newspaper Association issued the following news release: A bipartisan team of senators on July 23 introduced a bill to repair a gaping hole created by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that keeps food stamp payments to retailers secret. The Open and Responsive Government Act, S 2220, is offered by Sens. Charles Grassley, R-IA; John Cornyn, R-TX; Patrick Leahy, D-VT; and Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, to overrule a Freedom of Information Act case brought by a g  more

National Newspaper Association Supports Establishment of Fallen Journalists Memorial
PENSACOLA, Florida, July 26 -- The National Newspaper Association issued the following news release: National Newspaper Association President Andrew Johnson, publisher of the Dodge County Pionier, Mayville, Wisconsin, today threw the support of NNA behind proposed legislation to allow a new memorial in Washington, D.C., for journalists killed in the line of duty. The Fallen Journalists Memorial Act of 2019 was introduced the week of the first anniversary of the shootings of five newspaper staf  more

OneWeb Satellites Opens 105,500 Square-Foot Production Facility on Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast
SPACE COAST, Florida, July 22 -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast issued the following news release: * * * - EDC's Lynda Weatherman joins government officials and local partners in celebration of milestone. * * * Today, OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture of OneWeb and Airbus, officially opened the world's first high-volume, high-speed advanced satellite production facility in Exploration Park on Florida's Space Coast. Today's milestone is the next step in advancin  more

Preview: Amateur Athletic Union World Futsal Championships
ORLANDO, Florida, July 22 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: More than 1,400 young futsal players are on their way to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this week for the 2019 AAU World Futsal Championships. 146 teams have currently registered for this international tournament. Eleven indoor futsal courts will be utilized across the venue. Registration opens Tuesday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an exclusive Opening Ceremonies for participants and spectators at   more

Scripps Research Institute: Viral HIV Vaccine Gives Durable Protection Against Tough Strains
JUPITER, Florida, July 24 -- The Scripps Research Institute issued the following news release: Among HIV researchers, one seemingly indestructible HIV-like strain has earned the nickname "death star." That's due to the strain's reputation for killing off hopes for potential vaccines and immunotherapies that could prevent the disease. A team at the Scripps Research Florida campus reports successfully beating that challenge. In a paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine toda  more

Shop! Environments Association: Ambius Earns 39 Honors at Plantscape Awards
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 23 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Ambius, the world's largest interior landscaping company, took home 39 awards at this year's AmericanHort's International Plantscape Awards, held July 14 in Columbus, Ohio, US. AmericanHort is North America's largest organization of landscaping and horticultural professionals. The organization hosts the International Plantscape Awards annually, honoring outstanding interior plantscaping across North Americ  more

Shop! Environments Association: Bay Cities to Exhibit at Cosmoprof
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 24 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: North American packaging and design company Bay Cities has announced that it will exhibit at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas at booth #42400. The leading B2B beauty tradeshow will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from July 28 to July 30. For more than 60 years, Bay Cities has been a leading creative packaging and display partner to brand marketers, retailers, and e-commerce. During Cosmop  more

Shop! Environments Association: Challenges for Sun Care Segment Sales in India
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 25 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: While consumers claim to know the importance of using a sunscreen, new research from market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that as many as 65% of consumers in India have not used any form of sunscreen in the last twelve months. In fact, a quarter (25%) do not understand the terms used for sunscreens like SPF and PA; meanwhile, 22% of consumers say they do not know what level of SPF is best for them. An  more

Shop! Environments Association: Drytac Expands Into State-of-the-Art Premises
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 22 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Drytac, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label, and industrial markets, is moving its Canadian operations into a single, state-of-the-art facility spanning over 70,000 sq. ft. The new premises in Brampton, Ont., Canada, consolidates Drytac's manufacturing and distribution into one building to improve efficiency and will accommodate the entire Canadian workforce  more

Shop! Environments Association: Nearly 25% of Brits Using Plant-Based Milk
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, July 23 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: From almond to oat and coconut to pea, plant-based milk alternatives are causing something of a stir, as the latest research from Mintel reveals Brits are branching out in their milk tastes. Almost a quarter (23%) of Brits used plant-based milk alternatives in the three months to February 2019, up from just 19% in 2018. Driving the plant-based revolution, some 26% of women enjoy plant-based milk alternativ  more

Sierra Club: Governor DeSantis Approves Controversial Tampa Electric Company Fracked Gas Plant Project
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 25 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: * * * - Commissioner Nikki Fried proved that she is the champion we need when it comes to fighting climate * * * Earlier today, Governor DeSantis and Cabinet voted 3 to 1 for Tampa Electric Company (TECO) fracked gas plant proposal, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried being the sole no vote. "On the first major vote on climate, Commissioner Nikki Fried proved that she is the champion we need when it comes   more

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: DeSantis Underscores Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure as Priority One for Volkswagen Settlement
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 24 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at Florida's Turnpike Headquarters about the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) draft plan of the Volkswagen (VW) Settlement and underscored the great need for Florida to advance electric vehicles (EVs) including expanding electric vehicle charging station infrastructure. "We welcome Governor DeSantis' support for the Volkswagen (VW)   more

Southwest Florida Community Foundation Adds Team Members
FORT MYERS, Florida, July 24 -- Southwest Florida Community Foundation issued the following news release: The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently welcomed two new team members to the organization. Trisha Botty, an experienced professional in government and community relations, communications, organization, program management and public advocacy, has been named the Community Foundation's new Grants Manager. She previously served as Regional Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at t  more

Truckload Carriers Association: Professional Truck Driver Stops to Assist at the Scene of Serious Crash
KISSIMMEE, Florida, July 25 -- The Truckload Carriers Association issued the following news: Jim Higginbotham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a professional truck driver for Stone Trucking Company of Kiefer, Oklahoma, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for his willingness to stop and render aid following a serious two-car accident that ejected one of the motorists. On Friday, May 3, Higginbotham, was heading out of Ramona, Oklahoma on  more