FLCAN E-Update March 10, 2017

2017 Legislative Session Begins; Governor Scott Delivers State of the State

On Tuesday morning, March 7, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Florida Senate President Joe Negron convened their chambers to begin the 2017 Florida Legislative Session…

President Trump Visits Orlando Catholic School

On Friday, March 3, St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando hosted several of our government leaders. President Donald Trump, along with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott, toured two classrooms at the school and then participated in a roundtable discussion concerning the benefits of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. Among those on the panel were students, former students, parents, teachers and school administrators…

Unanimous Jury Requirement for a Death Sentence Receives Final Passage

During the committee weeks leading up to the 2017 legislative session, Florida lawmakers acted quickly to address an October 2016 Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down the state’s death sentencing scheme. The state’s high court ruled that a new 2016 law requiring agreement of only 10 of 12 jurors to recommend death was unconstitutional…

Sadowski Coalition Calls on Legislature to Use All Housing Trust Fund Monies for Housing Programs

The Sadowski Housing Coalition – made up of 30 diverse statewide organizations, including industry and business groups; advocates for the elderly, veterans, homeless and special needs populations; and faith-based organizations – gathered March 2 to call on the Florida Legislature to use all state and local housing trust fund monies for affordable housing programs in Fiscal Year 2017-18. Michele Taylor, associate director for communications, represented the FCCB at the press conference…

School Choice Expansion Passes First Hurdle in the House

HB 15 by Representative Jennifer Sullivan (R-Eustis) passed its first committee of reference (12-3) on Tuesday, March 7. The bill contains several provisions that increase access to school choice, expanding the McKay Scholarship Program for students with disabilities by reducing the requirement to spend the prior year in a public school to a semester or less…

Catholic Days at the Capitol Registration Deadlines Approaching

As Catholics we commit to live our faith in all areas of our lives; to pursue justice for our neighbors; and to protect and uphold the dignity of all human life. Each year during the Florida legislative session, Catholics from across the state gather in Florida’s capital city for an opportunity to fulfill these commitments during Catholic Days at the Capitol…