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Miami activists say Roe V. Wade ruling deprives them of their rights

MIAMI - Activists gathered in Miami and said the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the landmark Roe V. Wade ruling from 1973 has truly deprived them of their right to choose an abortion.Jessica Merino of Planned Parenthood of Miami told CBS4's Peter D'Oench, "All I can feel is anger, anger that my rights have been ripped away again. Communities of color have always had barriers to abortion access and the end of Roe Versus Wade has added another stone in the boulders of burdens that they face in this country. I can't help but think of my grandmother who told...
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People in 24 Florida cities are protesting the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision tonight. Here's where.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overruled its landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, returning the responsibility for the legality of the procedure to the states.  Republican lawmakers have plans to ban abortion in about half the country, while Democratic-led states are likely to reinforce abortion...
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Gov. DeSantis signs ‘Markel Act,’ giving grandparents visitation rights

'Danny would be proud to know such mountains were moved for the protection of his two beloved sons.'. Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1119, known by advocates as the ‘Markel Act,’ to protect grandparents and children against alienation from each other in narrow, tragic situations. Specifically,...

What Supreme Court ruling means for Florida's 15-week abortion ban

With Roe v. Wade gone, Florida's new abortion law is one step closer to taking effect. The 15-week ban is now cleared on the federal level, but it faces more legal hurdles in state court. Protestors gathered outside the historic capitol on Friday. They know that, despite the SCOTUS decision...

Bay County residents react to Roe v. Wade decision

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — After almost 50 years of Roe v. Wade, states now have the authority to make their own abortion laws. Some Bay County residents are thrilled with the Supreme Court’s decision. “I’m super excited that now the abortion gets kicked back to the states where the state legislator folks that we […]

James Judge, disqualified in CD 14, blames Division of Elections error

But the state website no longer lists him as a candidate. Republican congressional candidate James Judge was disqualified after filing the wrong paperwork with the Division of Elections. But Judge said it was the state’s mistake that he was kicked off the ballot and that he will fight the decision....

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record Breaking Alzheimer’s Funding and Innovative Florida Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence

June 24, 2022 – Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted record funding for Alzheimer’s and related dementias and signed Senate Bill 806, to establish the Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for You (READY) Act. Additionally, the Governor announced that the final pillar of the five-part Dementia Action Plan, created in 2019, has been fulfilled with the establishment of the Florida Alzheimer’s Center for Excellence. The Freedom First Budget signed this month by the Governor included record funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, marking a nearly 60% increase in funding since the Governor took office in 2019.

Disney pledges to cover travel costs for employees seeking an abortion

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — RELATED VIDEO ABOVE: Central Florida advocates react to Roe v. Wade decision. Sources including CNBC and Reuters have obtained a copy of an internal memo sent to Disney employees, which outlines the company's stance on providing reproductive care in light of the Supreme Court decision.

A new Florida Statute requires drivers to keep their music volume down

Florida residents now have one more thing to worry about while driving — keep their music at a decent volume level. According to section 3046 of chapter 316 listed under Title XXIII of The 2021 Florida Statutes, “It is unlawful for any person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street or highway to operate or amplify the sound produced by a radio, tape player, or other mechanical (sound-making) device or instrument from within the motor vehicle so that the sound is:

Gov. DeSantis kills Department of Revenue tax compliance bill

He said this isn't the right environment to put further strain on small businesses. Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed legislation Friday that would have introduced a series of changes to Florida’s tax laws. The bill (SB 1382) would have required taxpayers to produce documents in a timely fashion for audits...

Rep. Anna Eskamani dares Florida Republicans to call Special Session on abortion

Saying that Florida voters have “been clear” that they support abortion rights, Democratic Rep. Anna V. Eskamani Friday mocked Republicans for considering hardline abortion bans. Eskamani, a leading abortion rights voice in the Legislature and a former executive of Planned Parenthood, suggested this year’s elections would turn on...