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House lays Seminole Compact failure at feet of Senate

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It’s the Florida Senate’s fault that the Seminole Compact wasn’t passed this session, two House leaders said Friday afternoon. They rejected claims that there weren’t enough votes in the House, saying instead there was no point in moving a bill that wasn’t going to be considered across the Capitol Rotunda. (For today’s background, click here.) The Senate gave up on it earlier this week, with President Andy Gardiner saying the compact “will be for another day, and for somebody else to handle.” This is his…

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Adoption advocates ‘disappointed’ with new Indian Child Welfare Act guidelines

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A statewide adoption advocacy group says they are disappointed with a new set of expanded federal guidelines for the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Florida Adoption Council is the state’s largest nonprofit association of adoption attorneys, law professors, adoption agencies, and social workers. On Thursday, they released a statement expressing “grave concerns” over amended guidelines of the ICWA from the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Established in 1978, ICWA is a federal law to protect Native American…

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