florida certification board, inc.

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tallahassee, florida 32301

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  • 'Spirit of ’76' alive and well for Florida art dealer
    By Tallahassee Democrat - By Tallahassee Democrat - Thursday Jun 29, 2017

    The famous painting shows two drummers and a fife player marching with a 13-star U.S. flag, saluting the spirit of the American Revolution. 

    Source: USA Today: National
  • Adoptees' bid for access to birth certificates stirs debate
    By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer - Sunday Jul 9, 2017

    Some opponents of full access argue that making the birth certificates available on demand would violate birth mothers' privacy and induce some pregnant women to opt for abortion rather than adoption.Some are willing to consider compromise bills that provide limited access, while others say it's wrong to accept anything other than unrestricted access equal to what's available for non-adopted people.The states that offer unrestricted access are mixed in their political leanings — Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Kansas and Maine.California and New York are two of the most liberal states, while conservatives control the statehouses in Texas and Florida, yet the adoptee-rights movement has struggled in all four to make headway on the birth certificate issue.State Rep. Richard Stark, who was adopted as an infant in New York State, introduced a bill in Florida's legislature this year that would allow adoptees access to their original birth certificates after they turn 18.Brodeur said he would oppose any bill that set the stage for birth parents to be found against their wishes by any adult offspring they had made available for adoption.Acknowledging that some are frustrated in trying to find their birth parents, he suggested that the state health department could become more active in helping birth parents and adoptees make contact voluntarily.Rather than letting adoptees access birth certificates on the same basis as other adults, the bill would require them to apply to a court, and the state health department would then try to contact the birth parents to inform them of the application.If a birth parent is located, and requests continued anonymity, the parent's name would be redacted before the birth certificate is released.Corrigan D'Arcy, a birth mother who has lobbied for unrestricted access in New York, says the bill ignores the experiences of states such as Oregon and Alabama, where there has been little outcry about expanded access causing harm to birth parents.Over the past 20 years, there have been several attempts in America's most populous state to expand adoptees' access to their birth certificates.Hard-line groups such as Bastard Nation denounced a provision that birth certificates would not be released if a birth parent objected; they wanted no restrictions whatsoever.Around the nation, numerous adoptees have been able to work around birth certificate restrictions by using social media or DNA testing services to track down their birth parents.Another option would be to circumvent the legislature and seek voter approval of unrestricted access via a ballot measure.In 2015, a bill that would have provided adoptees with unrestricted access to their original birth certificates passed the House on a 138-1 vote, yet failed to advance out of a Senate committee after Campbell blocked it.

    Source: SFGATE.com: Top News Stories
  • Inmates take 2 guards hostage in Oklahoma prison riot
    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press - Monday Jul 10, 2017

    (AP) — Hundreds of inmates — some armed with baseball bats and iron pipes — rioted at an Oklahoma federal prison for about eight hours, taking two guards hostage and refusing to return to their cells before they were finally corralled by law enforcement officers, authorities said Monday.Miller said about 150 inmates were involved, but The GEO Group, Inc., the Florida-based operator of the private prison, estimated Monday that about 400 inmates caused the disturbance in two recreation yards.Oklahoma's prison directors have been warning for years about potential problems inside the state's overcrowded and underfunded correctional facilities, many of which are old state schools or hospitals that have been converted into prisons.In a presentation to the prison system's governing board last month, Director Joe Allbaugh said state prisons have a rated operating capacity of 17,902 but were currently housing more than 26,000 inmates.

    Source: SFGATE.com: Top News Stories
  • Uber’s Board to Discuss Leave of Absence for Top Executive
    By MIKE ISAAC - Sunday Jun 11, 2017

    The board is meeting to address Travis Kalanick’s future and the recommendations of Eric J. Holder’s investigation into the company’s culture.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • Cop who responded to Pulse massacre granted early retirement
    By Associated Press - Friday Jul 14, 2017

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A city pension board has granted early-retirement benefits to a Florida police officer who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he responded to a shooting massacre at a gay night club in Florida. The Orlando Police Pension Board granted the benefits to 37-year-old Officer Gerry Realin on Thursday after a hearing....

    Source: New York Post: News
  • New York City and James Blake Resolve Excessive-Force Claim
    By BENJAMIN MUELLER - Wednesday Jun 21, 2017

    As part of the deal with the former pro tennis player, the city will create a new position within the agency that investigates police misconduct.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
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