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Sanctuary city ban advances in Florida Legislature

A House version of a bill that bans so-called sanctuary policies is now moving in Florida. The House Civil Justice Subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday that would require local law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal authorities that enforce immigration laws. A Senate version of the bill already has been approved by two committees and has one more stop before it can be considered by the full chamber.

Florida Times Union

RECORD EDITORIAL: Preemption bill wreaks havoc on neighborhoods

The Record ran a front page story Tuesday titled “It’s death of a neighborhood.” Reader Beth Pelzer’s letter to the editor on that subject is on this Opinion Page today. This is an issue likely to have several iterations, twists and turns because of how it unfolded and how it continues to unfold. The issue of state control over local neighborhoods began in Florida in 2011 when the Legislature passed a law prohibiting cities from regulating short-term rentals. But there was a caveat that “grandfathered” regulations could be upheld.

CBS Miami

Florida House Cuts Tourism, Economic Development Money

The tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida would only be funded for three months, while Enterprise Florida wouldn’t get any state money as part of a budget proposal released Tuesday by a House panel for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Also left out of the House proposal was continuation of an $85-million-a-year economic-development effort, known as the Job Growth Grant Fund, that was created in a compromise between the House and former Gov. Rick Scott.