Florida Five: Miami-Dade stops ‘ICE Hold’, 10 bills for debate, Sea World addresses backlash

Happy Monday and Merry Christmas! Look for more Florida Five after the holiday break.

Monday’s political news around the state:

Miami-Dade puts a stop to ‘ICE Hold’ program: Call it a move to save tax dollars or a humanitarian effort. Either way, Miami-Dade County no longer will detain illegal immigrants under the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “ICE Hold” program. Read more.

10 Florida bills you’ll probably never hear of: It’s not all about budgets, taxes, Medicaid, education and pensions for Florida lawmakers. Nope, these folks know there’s so much more to Florida than those issues, and they’re getting ready to debate some of the more pressing issues in advance of the 2014 legislative session. Read more.

Florida unemployment rate drops to lowest since 2008: Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.4 percent in November, hitting its lowest mark since 2008 and giving the Scott administration new momentum on the issue the governor has made the cornerstone of his tenure. Read more.

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Race to sign up for health insurance by deadline today: MIAMI — Today is the last day to sign up for federal health exchange insurance if people want their coverage to start in January. Officials have already pushed the deadline back a week and it’s still unclear whether everyone who wants to enroll will actually be able to because of lingering problems with the federal website. Read more.

Sea World speaks out on “Blackfish” backlash: Sea World Parks and Entertainment issued an open letter Friday explaining the work of its parks and people in an effort to set the record straight and counter what it deems “inaccurate reports” in the wake of major backlash over the CNN documentary, “Blackfish.”… Read more.

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