In the category of are-you-kidding-me
1 July 2020
In the category of are-you-kidding-me: Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the signing of a major and controversial abortion bill through a press release that was tucked among 14 separate pieces of legislation.
Apparently, this was a way to get the least attention possible for a very dramatic bill that will become law and requires parental consent for a pregnant minor to get an abortion.
Critics say the law is unconstitutional and the ACLU of Florida calls it a sham.
DeSantis quietly signs abortion parental consent bill; opponents expect to challenge the law in court
On the environment front, environmentalists aren’t very happy.
DeSantis signed into law the “Clean Waterways Act,” described as the most significant advance in decades toward reducing the water pollution plaguing Florida waterways.
But critics denounced the law as a polluters’ bill that will do little to stop the decline of the state’s unique natural springs, rivers, bays, and renowned waterways such as the Florida Everglades:
DeSantis signs water-quality bill touted as historic, yet also condemned as polluter-friendly
Other environmental news:
DeSantis signs bill prohibiting Florida cities from banning any sunscreens — even those that threaten corals
FL Supreme Court won’t hear appeal over alleged diversion of environmental land-buying money
A national push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment nearly 50 years after it was proposed by Congress has grown stronger, with a legal boost from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and pro-ERA organizations in Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
Conference of Mayors joins fight to implement Equal Rights Amendment
Wednesday, Florida Phoenix reporter Issac Morgan writes about the effort to make Black history classes a college graduation requirement.
But so far, there appears to be no formal action on that front -- despite petition drives, protests, virtual meetings and conversations surrounding issues affecting people of color.
Please read this compelling story:
A push to make Black history classes a college graduation requirement in FL is mostly talk but no action
Gov. DeSantis on COVID-19 reopening: ‘We’re not going back’
By Diane Rado Editor-in-chief Florida Phoenix https://www.floridaphoenix.com/?utm_source=Florida%20Phoenix&utm_campaign=123c2b82bd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_07_01_12_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_492fc70e72-123c2b82bd-198589526