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ACLU awaits challenge of a Florida law that requires welfare applicants to take a drug test listen

09/30/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is awaiting ruling on whether or not drug testing welfare recipients is constitutional. The law that took effect in July is being challenged by a single father who refused to subject himself to an unwarranted drug test.

Louis Lebron is a 35-year-old UCF student and single father. He is also the sole caregiver to his mother who has a disability. And he’s a veteran of the Navy. When he was told he would have to tak...

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Preliminary welfare drug test results contrary to Governor Scott's claims

08/26/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined by Baylor Johnson, Online Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU of Florida who talked about the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients in Florida, ordered by Governor Rick Scott. The program went into effect July 1.

This week the Tampa Tribune published preliminary findings ...

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How will Tampa police handle Republican National Convention protests? listen

07/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In fewer than thirteen months, Downtown Tampa will be swarming with protesters, politicos, and news teams from across the country who will be in town for the Republican National Convention. Police are already preparing for the onslaught – and so are civil liberties advocates.

The RNC has been heralded as an economic boon to any city it comes to, and Tampa is certainly no different. The question is, will the convention also leave in its wake the usual legacy of crackdowns on protesters an...

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Jesse Jackson urges East Tampa residents to fight Florida's controversial elections laws listen

07/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many Floridians are up in arms about changes to state election laws. Critics say the new laws aim to restrict turnout among those who tend to vote Democratic, especially low-income minorities. Yesterday one of the most well-known civil rights champions was in East Tampa urging residents to fight the new laws with all their might.

As fellow civil rights activists urged the crowd to do battle against changes to the way Florida votes, the Reverend Jesse Jackson sat on stage in a throne-like c...

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Public employees sue FL Gov. Rick Scott over order to drug test state workers listen

06/01/11 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A public workers union and a state employee from St. Pete are suing Governor Rick Scott because of an executive order requiring random drug testing of all state workers. A lawyer from the ACLU of Florida is joining with Peter Walsh, a Miami trial lawyer, to represent the plaintiffs.

"Executive order 11-58 calls for random drug testing. It requires the state to set up a regime of random drug testing for all state empl...

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Controversial elections law not yet valid in Hillsborough, four other counties listen

05/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Rick Scott has set off another firestorm of criticism when he signed a law yesterday that overhauls elections in Florida. The law goes into effect immediately, except in Hillsborough and four other counties in the state.

Hillsborough County was once found to have polling practices deemed racially discriminatory under Section 5 of the [Voting Rights Act of 1965](http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/intro/intro_...

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Florida ACLU reacts to controversial elections bill passed by the Legislature

05/19/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Danielle Prendergast from the ACLU of Florida speaks about the controversial elections reform passed by the Florida Legislature.

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Bipartisanship on both sides of Florida's redistricting process listen

05/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Progressives may not be happy with many of the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections, but many see the two Fair Districts amendments voters adopted as a victory. But Not everyone is happy that they passed, and there’s even a bipartisan effort to challenge the law, which changes the way legislative districts are drawn.

Some say Florida voters overwhelmingly elected Republicans to the state legislature because the GOP’s election year strategy bro...

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The ACLU perspective on legislation being considered in Tallahassee

03/16/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about the ongoing state legislative session from the perspective of the American Civil Liberties Union. (later we'll open the phone lines.) Our guest is Danielle Prendergast, PhD who is the Director of Public Policy for the ACLU of Florida. We'll look at reproductive rights, privacy, the proposals to direct tax dollars to public schools and other legislation affecting the Bill of Rights.

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Fair Districts Florida amendments 5 and 6 seek to stop gerrymandering listen

10/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida voters are deciding on two proposed amendments to the state Constitution that establish new rules for redistricting. Some say the current system is unfair and point to the statistics: over the last six years, only three incumbents have been defeated out of more than 420 races for the Florida Legislature. But opponents say minorities could lose seats.

If passed, Amendments 5 and 6 would establish more guidelines for the Legislature to follow when districts are realigned. They call ...

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