Miami, FL. June 24, 2016 – Democratic candidate Pam Keith submitted her candidate paperwork this morning at the state Bureau of Elections’ office in Tallahassee and gave her candidate oath. Keith paid the hefty qualifying fee of $10,440 to add her name to the ballot for the August 30th primary election. The qualifying period ends on today at Noon.
Washington, D.C.—Today, a bipartisan group of Members in the House, representing vastly different regions of our country, came together to introduce legislation that will deny the sale of firearms to those on No-Fly lists. H.R. 5576, the House-companion to the bipartisan Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act led by Sen. Collins (R-ME), was introduced by Reps. Curbelo (R-FL), Moulton (D-MA), King (R-NY), Thompson (D-CA), Dold (R-IL), Kelly (D-IL), Rigell (R-VA), Gabbard (D-HI), and Carney (D-DE). Specifically, this legislation would give the United States Attorney General the ability to:
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. 
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