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County funding to continue through 2018 for two of Pinellas’ biggest charities

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Neither Pinellas Hope, nor Boley Centers, Inc., two of the area’s largest charities, need worry about county funding for the foreseeable future. Last week, the Pinellas County Commission approved three years worth of funding for each organization. The Boley Centers deal is for no more than $317,480 per fiscal year, for 36 months, or until Sept. 30 of 2018. It comes with two additional 12-month renewal options, which, if picked-up, would continue to fund the private, not-for-profit organization through the…

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House committee passes bill to allow private adoption agencies to deny gay adoption

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The Florida House Judiciary Committee today passed a controversial “conscience protection” bill (HB 7111) that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse child placements with gay couples. Conscience protection legislation grants a person or an entity the ability to refuse to perform an otherwise required duty, because the individual or entity violates their religious or moral conviction, explained the bill’s sponsor, Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur. Brodeur maintained that the bill was not proposed (in the middle of the legislative session)…

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