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 ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œVictims of Wrongful Incarceration Act,ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â provided the individual is exonerated and is eligible for compensation.
On March 16, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed Commissioner Audrey M. EdmonsonÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s resolution asking the federal government to assist Haitian nationals affected by JanuaryÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢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.
Rep. Hazelle RogersWith job creation and retention at the top of their agenda for the 2010 session of the Florida Legislature, Florida House members voted unanimously in support of House Bill 7033, a measure that aims to recharge FloridaÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s economy by giving businesses immediate relief from unemployment compensation tax increases.