Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Lesser will be sworn in as president-elect at the Annual Florida Bar Convention on June 11, when current President-elect Michael Tanner of Jacksonville becomes president. Lesser will serve as president for the 2022-23 Bar year.
The agreement requires BSC to pay more than $188 million to 47 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that it deceptively marketed transvaginal surgical mesh devices to patients. Florida’s share of the agreement is $11.5 million.
Bilirakis and Maloney co-founded and currently both lead the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. With Greece celebrating the bicentennial of its independence from the Ottoman Empire, Bilirakis brought out a resolution to honor it last week.
In recent years, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., the former sheriff of Duval County, reintroduced the “Protect and Serve Act” with U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., as the main cosponsor. According to Rutherford’s office, the bill “would create federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced this week that she is taking action against Google for multiple violations of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws—including anticompetitive conduct, exclusionary practices, and false and deceptive misrepresentations in connection with its role in the multitrillion-dollar online-display advertising industry.
The Florida delegation applauded the news which is expected to impact around 300,000 Venezuelans in the U.S.
Fujisue has been a leader of the campaign to encourage Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to join the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats. In addition to the dangerous and inhumane conditions of unregulated wildlife and live animal markets, these animals may be ill, tortured, and slaughtered in close proximity to humans, which can facilitate zoonotic disease transmission. In the 2018 Farm Bill, Hastings championed a federal prohibition, ensuring the United States’ leadership in the pursuit of a global ban.
According to Cramer’s office, the proposal would “prevent discrimination by banks and financial service providers against constitutionally-protected industries and law-abiding businesses” including fossil fuel companies and gun manufacturers.
The bill “would tackle exorbitant prescription costs by increasing competition for generic drugs through better oversight of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) citizen petition process.”
The bill will increase access to Service Dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)" through creating a “competitive grant program through the Department of Veterans Affairs for organizations, such as K9s for Warriors in Ponte Vedra, to pair service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD.” The grants will not exceed $25,000.