Final Name — A chief-time learn of what’s happening in Florida politics.
The U.S. Supreme Court docket issued a choice Monday that, just like the latest ruling on LGBTQ office protections, was a shock given the conservative bent of latest additions to the excessive courtroom.
In a 5-Four ruling, SCOTUS struck down a Louisiana regulation that required docs who carry out abortions to have admitting privileges at native hospitals.
Whereas proponents argue the regulation protects the well being of girls who search abortions, opponents say it creates a roadblock to abortion entry. The courtroom agreed with the latter opinion.
The Louisiana regulation has been put ahead in lots of states, together with Florida, which handed a regulation with the same provision in 2016.
Texas had such a regulation as effectively, and it too went earlier than the Supreme Court docket in 2013. Simply as within the Louisiana case, the courtroom voted to overturn the Texas regulation, although Chief Justice John Roberts flipped from his 2013 place in Monday’s ruling citing precedent.
Abortion-rights activists cheered the decisionboth nationally and within the Sunshine State.
“The Supreme Court docket simply despatched a powerful message to politicians all throughout the nation: Cease making an attempt to make abortion inaccessible,” stated Stephanie Fraim, President and CEO of Deliberate Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. “As we speak’s ruling affirms but once more that abortion care is important care and is protected beneath the U.S. Structure.”
Orlando Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani, who labored for Deliberate Parenthood earlier than changing into a lawmaker, additionally praised the ruling.
“The Court docket’s choice implies that folks in Louisiana will proceed to have entry to abortion care. 4 years in the past the Supreme Court docket held admitting privileges legal guidelines unconstitutional and, the Court docket stepped in — but once more — to dam this clinic shutdown regulation,” she stated.
“We should stay vigilant for reproductive well being, rights and justice. We should focus our power on advancing a future the place folks can entry an abortion once they want it with love and help — not disgrace and judgment. Now could be the time to work collectively to construct the world the place every certainly one of us has the facility, sources and help to take care of ourselves, our households, and our communities.
Miami-Dade Mayoral candidate and county commissioner Daniella Levine Cava additionally issued a press release: “For nearly 50 years, states across the nation have tried to restrict girls’s entry to well being care and their reproductive rights. As we speak’s choice is a reaffirmation of those rights and an necessary victory for well being care advocates and girls across the nation and I proudly applaud it.”
After slashing $1 billion in spending, Gov. Ron DeSantis gave his signature the 2020-21 finances Monday.
The vetoes ranged from sturgeon farm and beef advertising and marketing money to “Universities of Distinction” and guardian program funding. However most of them had one factor in widespread: They appeared on Florida TaxWatch’s 2020 Funds Turkey Watch Report.
Coincidence or not, FTW President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro praised the Governor for signing a spending plan that tracked intently with the watchdog’s suggestions.
“As we speak, we’re proud that Gov. DeSantis has heeded TaxWatch’s proposals and vetoed greater than $1 billion from the FY2020-21 finances, together with vetoing 81%, or 146 of the 180 tasks and finances objects recognized by FTW as Funds Turkeys. The Governor additionally vetoed 518 member tasks chopping greater than $264 million from the finances,” Calabro stated in a information launch.
Calabro additionally pointed to flagging state revenues as proof the vetoes had been justified.
“The Might Common Income collections report from the Workplace of Financial and Demographic Analysis (EDR) confirmed declines in income incomes for the second straight month, inserting Florida down almost $1.5 billion beneath estimates 12 months thus far. These losses underscore the necessity to withstand complacency, double down on our resolve to defeat COVID-19, and proceed to create and implement modern options that guarantee enduring fiscal accountability and power for the Sunshine State,” he stated.
“Simply as we’ve for the previous 40 years, FTW will proceed to work tirelessly with state and native leaders on fiscal coverage suggestions within the days, weeks and months forward. As we speak’s vetoes from Gov. DeSantis are a measured and considerate method and we thank him, his administration, and the numerous officers who’re working to information Florida ahead and assist us emerge from this historic problem stronger than ever earlier than.”
— 143,805 FL residents (+2,730 since Sunday)
— 2,536 Non-FL residents (+28 since Sunday)
— 2,481 Journey associated
— 50,522 Contact with a confirmed case
— 2,443 Each
— 88,359 Beneath investigation
— 14,354 in FL
— 3,546 in FL
As of Sunday:
Claims submitted: 2,732,868
— Confirmed distinctive claims: 2,523,951
— Claims processed: 2,360,433
— Claims paid: 1,584,572 (+26,174 since Thursday)
Complete paid out: $8.19 billion (+$430 million since Thursday)
“This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.” by way of Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach of The Washington Publish
“Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law” by way of Sam Baker of Axios
“A Sun Belt time bomb threatens Trump’s reelection” by way of Natasha Korecki, Marc Caputo of POLITICO
“Jacksonville to order mask-wearing ahead of GOP convention” by way of Marc Caputo of POLITICO
“Drop in Orlando area new COVID-19 cases driven by fewer tests” by way of Scott Powers of Florida Politics
“‘Circumstances have changed’: Gov. Ron DeSantis approves slimmer $92.2 billion Florida budget” by way of Lawrence Mower and Mary Ellen Klas of the Tampa Bay Occasions
“House budget chair Travis Cummings backs Governor’s veto decisions” by way of A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics
“Big win for Florida state workers as pay raise survives Governor’s veto, coronavirus cuts” by way of Jeff Schweers of the Tallahassee Democrat
“Florida housing trust fund survives COVID-19 budget slash” by way of Jason Delgado of Florida Politics
“DeSantis vetos water projects in 2020-21 state budget” by way of Bruce Ritchie of POLITICO Florida
“DeSantis axes $21M for downtown St. Pete office to house 2nd District Court of Appeals” by way of Janelle Irwin of Florida Politics
“Education funding vetoes hit Southwest Florida, including in Bill Galvano’s district” by way of Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics
“Broward Sheriff’s Office loses out on $500K for Real Time Crime Center expansion thanks to budget cuts” by way of Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics
“Be racist or be dumb. But don’t be both — and definitely not in public” by way of Carl Hiaasen of the Miami Herald
“This history isn’t worth preserving” by way of Diane Roberts of The Florida Phoenix
“Florida gas prices stall on COVID-19 fears, could drop soon” by way of Drew Dixon of Florida Politics
“Georgia fires back in Florida in water war” by way of Jim Saunders of the Information Service of Florida
Quote of the Day
“We’re the beneficiaries of excellent selections made by previous Legislatures and Governors to spend inside our means. Gov. DeSantis continues in that custom and I consider we’re higher off for it within the current and the folks of Florida will reap the advantages of this sustainable budgeting effectively into the long run.” — Home Speaker José Oliva, on Gov. Ron DeSantis veto checklist.
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