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FULL LEGISLATURE PASSES IN-STATE TUITION BILL
Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill passed by the Legislature. The Florida House voted 84-32 on Friday for the bill, which offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation.
BILL TO ALLOW LAW LICENSES FOR NON-CITIZENS PASSES
The Florida Supreme Court will be able to grant law licenses to non-citizens under a bill that’s going to Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate voted 26-7 for the bill on Friday. The Supreme Court ruled in March that people in the country illegally can’t be issued law licenses. The case involved Jose Godinez-Samperio, who was seeking his license after passing the bar in 2011. Godinez-Samperio came to the United States with his parents on a tourist visa when he was 9, and they remained in the country after it expired.
MICROSOFT PICKS MIAMI FOR 1ST US INNOVATION CENTER
Microsoft is opening a state-of-the-art training facility in Miami, its first within the United States, the company announced Friday. The tech giant already has some 100 innovation centers in 80 countries worldwide in countries like Uganda and Greece.
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES SWEEPING CHILD WELFARE BILL
The Legislature passed a sweeping bill aimed at overhauling the child welfare system Friday and is planning to devote tens of millions of dollars to hiring new investigators under a separate budget request after hundreds of child-abuse related deaths in the past five years. The most significant change to the bi-partisan bill clearly states that protecting a child from abuse is paramount and more important than keeping a family together.
JURY SEATED IN TAMPA MOM’S MURDER TRIAL
A jury has been seated in the trial of a Tampa mother accused of killing her two children. Julie Schenecker is accused of killing her 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son in 2011. The 53-year-old is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. An eight-man, four-woman jury with four alternates was seated just after 6 p.m. Friday. Defense attorneys, prosecutors and Hillsborough County Judge Emmett Battles have questioned dozens of potential jurors this week.