Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act is back with bipartisan support

By : Jeremy Williams
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Three Florida legislators have again filed the Competitive Workforce Act, an update to the state’s Civil Rights Act of 1992 which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of groups protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Florida law currently offers these protections based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability status, national origin, age and marital status.

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Equality Florida’s Carlos Guillermo Smith announces run for State House seat

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO – Equality Florida’s Carlos Guillermo Smith announced he will run for Florida House Representative in District 49 in the upcoming election year.

Smith, who is also the current Chair for the Orange County Democrats, decided to run after former State Representative Joe Saunders made the decision to not make another bid for the Florida House in 2016.

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Joe Saunders not running for Florida House seat in 2016

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO – Former State Representative Joe Saunders will not make another run for the Florida House in 2016.

Saunders was considering another run after current District 49 State Representative Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando) announced he would run for the District 50 seat in the next election.

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Joe Saunders may try to reclaim his seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2016

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Orlando – Former State Representative Joe Saunders may make another run for Florida House in 2016. Saunders said he’s considering running again after current District 49 State Representative Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando) announced he would run for the District 50 seat in the next election.

“Some game changing news for House District 49 this week,” Saunders said via Facebook April 26. “Rene Plasencia’s decision not to seek re-election in District 49 has taken me as much by surprise as the rest of you and given me a lot to think about.”

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