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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For the day’s top political stories around the Sunshine State, start with the Florida Five

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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