Florida Five: Supremes rule illegal immigrants can’t join Fla. Bar, Scott on Obama’s cuts to Medicare, State joins lawsuit over BP oil spill

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Supreme Court rules illegal immigrants cannot be admitted to Fla. Bar: Illegal immigrants cannot be given a license to practice law in Florida, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

The unanimous decision revolved around the case of  Mexican immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio, a Florida State University law school graduate who came to the country at the age of 9 with his parents. His parents’ visitors’ visas expired, but they continued to stay in the country illegally. Read more.

Scott discusses impact of Obama’s Medicare Advantage cuts on seniors: Cuts to the Medicare Advantage program were discussed Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet. “President Obama’s administration recently announced cuts to the Medicare Advantage program as part of his larger reductions to Medicare,” Scott said. “He has decided to push forward with the cuts even though more families are using it, and has increased to nearly 16 million people.” Read more.

Bp spillFla. joins Deepwater Horizon lawsuit over BP oil spill: Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over “widespread” damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Panama City about the environmental impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more.

Fla. delegation split on Obamacare: Four years after President Barack Obama signed his federal health-care bill into law, Congress continues to battle over it with the Florida delegation divided on party lines.

This week, Republicans controlling the U.S. House passed the Simple Fairness Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., which would delay the individual mandate in the law until 2015. Republicans have argued that corporations and large businesses have been granted a delay on the individual mandate until next year and families and individuals should be included as well. Read more.

Pop-Tart gun bill approved, heads to House floor: The so-called Pop-Tarts gun bill could be an early winner in this year’s legislative session. The House Education Committee on Thursday gave its support to the bill, (HB 7029, SB 1060), which would prevent children from being disciplined for playing with simulated weapons in school. The bill offers special protection for “brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food.” Read more.

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Janeen Capizola

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10 thoughts on “Florida Five: Supremes rule illegal immigrants can’t join Fla. Bar, Scott on Obama’s cuts to Medicare, State joins lawsuit over BP oil spill

  1. Old_Gringo says:

    At least Florida has more sense, and cojones, than the California idiots.

    1. Joel Rivera says:

      I’d say, and I’m a Cali native of this “former” great state. We’re swamped with tons of illegals and Commiecrats than ever before. I remember the pride I had in voting for prop 187 until it was struck down and now we’re in a pickle. This state is a mirror of what will happen to the whole nation if Barack is allowed to continue his destructive behavior.

  2. Raconteur Duck says:

    It’s really difficult to legislate against stupidity.

    1. pyrodice says:

      well, it works fine when you’re just removing legislation mandating it.

  3. Mark Daniel says:

    How could a State give a work permit to a person whom the Feds say cannot work in this country legally? How would this illegal alien pay into Social Security?

    1. Joel Rivera says:

      It’s a no brainer.

  4. Frances H says:

    I am so proud of Governor Scott and my state. We use common sense in our laws.

  5. SunflowerSurfer says:

    Pack him, his parents, his siblings and any of their illegal offspring out of here.

  6. SusieQ says:

    I read the newspaper article and although I really feel for this law graduate I would have to agree he needs citizenship. That is the reason the borders should be closed and strictly enforced. The citizens here are more prejudiced than ever about amnesty. When the gov. does not use common sense on solving the problem and quit using amnesty as a political tool the illegals will suffer the consequences. They are used by the democrats, i hope the hispanic community will eventually catch on.

  7. Liberty Lover says:

    Mind blowing. Why are we even entertaining the thought of letting an ILLEGAL immigrant get a license to practice law?? The absolute absurdity of this is beyond ridiculous.

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