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Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey has signed on with eight other Florida mayors to support the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) “Rise Up for LGBTQ+ Youth” campaign. One of the features of the campaign is a recommendation from a GLSEN guide to public school teachers and staff to not share a student’s struggle with gender dysphoria to parents. “If a student is not yet out to their parent(s)/guardian(s), using their prior name in correspondence may be the desirable course of action, although they use a different name amongst peers and educators in school.”
Florida State Rep. Jason Shoaf, who represents much of the Big Bend including rural portions of south Leon County, is touting legislative victories for Florida’s rural areas. He championed rural broadband expansion that totaled approximately $100 million statewide as well as water quality projects in Apalachicola Bay and Franklin County. Shoaf also noted North Florida’s struggle to keep up with technical college appeal with nearby Alabama and Georgia tech schools.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott called the recent departure of Farmers Insurance from Florida as a “wake-up call” and a “disaster.” Scott said that when a company spends years building up a clientele of customers just to walk away from the state is a bad sign for the state. Scott encouraged state officials to sit down with the companies to discuss the issues they’re facing to ensure Floridians are covered.
A federal appeals court will take on a legal battle over Florida’s gun law prohibiting 18-20 year olds from purchasing long guns. The law was passed as part of Republican-backed gun control legislation in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting tragedy in Parkland, FL. The NRA filed a lawsuit after the 2018 law passed but Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in 2021 rejected the challenge. No date has been set, yet, for arguments.
Florida State will be represented at the 2023 ACC Kickoff media event by head coach Mike Norvell, quarterback Jordan Travis, defensive end Jared Verse and linebacker Kalen DeLoach. This year’s ACC Kickoff expands to three days and will be held July 25-27 in Charlotte.Arena League Football is coming back to Tallahassee. After the Tallahassee Titans, a member of the American Indoor Football Association, closed its doors in 2007, Tallahassee has been without a small-scale professional football team. However, it was announced yesterday Tallahassee is one of the 16 sites to have an AFL starting in 2024.