Broward County, FL - At the June 14, 2016 Broward County Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to "ban the box," a phrase that refers to the check box on Broward County government employment applications that asks about a person's past criminal wrong doing. The new law means that a person wouldn't be asked about a prior criminal record or authorization for a background check until they're among a pool of potential finalists for a particular job. 
Colombia Peace Process.  Today’s announcement regarding the “end of conflict” in Colombia is welcome news to the people of that country and to all who desire peace. I congratulate President Santos and his negotiating partners for this milestone in their ongoing effort to conclude a conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has plagued their nation for 52 years, the longest running war in our hemisphere.
Broward County, FL - With an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, commissioners unanimously voted to increase the additional homestead exemption from $25,000 to $50,000 at today's commission meeting. The ordinance applies for persons 65 and older who meet income restrictions. For example, if a home is valued at $100,000 and a homeowner qualifies for the $25,000 exemption, they pay taxes on the home as if it was $75,000. With the additional $25,000, a homeowner would pay taxes on the home as if it were valued at $50,000. 
If you work hard and play by the rules, you should have a chance at success. For too many in the City of Miami Gardens, that American Dream seems increasingly out of reach. That's why I'm announcing today that I'll be seeking to represent the people of the City of Miami Gardens in the upcoming election for City Councilman.
Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), released the following statement in support of its passage:
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