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Legislation that will prohibit students from wearing clothing that exposes their undergarments or that indecently exposes their body parts while at school could soon become the law in Florida. Senate Bill 228, sponsored by Senator Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, and Rep. Hazelle Rogers, D-Lauderhill, passed out of the Florida House on Wednesday, after having been voted unanimously out of the Florida Senate on March 24th. Sen. Siplin, who has introduced similar legislation in previous years, said the bill is designed to teach our children discipline and respect for themselves and others.
 The Chief Financial Officer for the City of Miami has settled charges that he violated the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance for failing to file the required financial disclosure forms for the past three years – 2007, 2008 and 2009. Larry Spring agreed to pay a fine of $500 to the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust for the first count of the complaint (C 11-02), will accept a letter of instruction and will provide proof that he has filed accurate financial statements for the three years to satisfy the remaining counts.A final count in a complaint (CO 09-11) against South Miami City Commissioner Valerie Newman was dismissed with prejudice today. Former City Manager W. Ajibola Balogun accused Newman of violating that city’s Code of Conduct. Earlier this year, the Ethics Commission concluded there was insufficient evidence to proceed on Counts 2 through 10. The remaining first count charged the commissioner of repeatedly using threatening and intimidating language, but that was difficult to prove. Additionally, the City’s Code of Conduct was repealed last June. The Ethics Commission will send a Letter of Instruction regarding elected officials’ behavior, as outlined in the Citizen’s Bill of Rights.
Maimi, Fl – Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is pushing state and federal leaders to re-examine the importance of funding the Deep Dredge Project for the Port of Miami. As part of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, Commissioner Diaz called upon its members to urge the Obama Administration to provide funding to complete that project that would deepen Miami Harbor to -50 feet in order to accommodate the new, larger cargo ships that will pass through an expanded Panama Canal beginning in 2014.Last week, the commissioner presented the Task Force with Miami-Dade County’s Commissioner Rebeca Sosa’s resolution asking the federal government to provide the $75 million needed to complete the dredging. In turn, Task Force members, who work for agencies including the U.S.
City of Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn (far left), Doral Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez (third from left), Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson (fourth from left), and Village of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner (far right) with members of the Iraqi Women Leaders Roundtable at the Stephen P. Clark Center. (Photo by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson participated in a roundtable discussion on issues and challenges facing elected officials in their respective countries with a delegation of Iraqi political women leaders on February 14, 2011 at the Stephen P. Clark Center.