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Dear Friends:Week 6 of the 2010 Legislative Session will be remembered for a very long time. The week concluded with an historical debate that lasted over 12 hours on the controversial educational personnel bill, SB 6 which addresses pay plan for teachers based on students’ performance. This bill was not good for teachers, children and parents. Teachers are important to Florida’s economy and are entrusted to produce the best and brightest members of society.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the city of Port-au-Prince leaving the city in ruin and many Miami-Dade County Haitian-American residents in limbo. In response to this disaster The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the administration will extend temporary protected status to Haitians in the U.S.
On March 16, 2010, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed legislation sponsored by Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson that aims to financially assist people who are wrongly convicted of a crime. The resolution urges the Florida Legislature to enact legislation that would require the State to reimburse the legal fees and costs of individuals pursuing compensation under the “Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Act,” provided the individual is exonerated and is eligible for compensation.
On March 16, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson’s resolution asking the federal government to assist Haitian nationals affected by January’s earthquake. The item urges President Obama to waive fees associated with filing for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) within the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced earlier this year that it would provide TPS to Haitian nationals who sought refuge in the U.S. as of January 12, 2010, the date of the earthquake.