South Florida 100: Father’s Day, Remembering victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, the Democratic presidential debate - Mass Shooting News

South Florida 100: Father’s Day, Remembering victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, the Democratic presidential debate


Robert Weinroth, member, Palm Beach County Commission

Last week: As Florida’s county commissioners converged on Orange County for the annual Florida Association of Counties Conference, the Orlando community marked the 3-year anniversary of the loss of 49 souls at Pulse. The community continues to heal, physically and mentally, as elected leaders collaborate with law enforcement professionals to, hopefully, forestall a repeat of this hateful attack. Steps are also being taken to preserve the legacies of the victims. Last session, the Florida legislature allocated $500,000 for the onePULSE Foundation and our Congressional delegation has committed to introducing a bill to declare the Pulse Memorial and Museum a National Memorial.

Looking ahead: The Florida Supreme Court has dealt Palm Beach County a curve ball. The Court originally held that Orange County could designate several Constitutional Officers (Sheriff, Property Appraiser and Tax Collector) non-partisan. However, in April, the newly constituted bench took the unusual step of withdrawing the Court’s earlier opinion, determining that Florida election law preempted Orange County’s Charter with respect to the election of their Constitutional Officers. Holding that all Constitutional Officers must be elected by partisan elections, candidates for Sheriff, Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections in Palm Beach County will, henceforth, be partisan. More election confusion!



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