Today on Context Florida: Minority judges, food inspections, Tallahassee is on and “silver lining” in CD 13

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Today on Context Florida: In writing a separate opinion on excluding an undocumented immigrant from admission to the Florida Bar, state Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga draws some parallels between Jose Godinez-Samperio and his own life, according to Martin Dyckman. He also illustrates the need for more minority voices on the bench.

Food-service inspections may soon return to the Florida Department of Health, after more than 20 years as part of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (DAC), writes Marc Yacht. The move compromised the inspection of restaurants and convenience stores and weakened integration with epidemiologists and public health nurses.

The gavel in Tallahassee is down, says former State Sen. John Grant, and the race is on. In less than 60 days, the session will adjourn, and attention will turn to the fall elections in earnest. But for now, all attention is on the House and Senate chambers and what happens there.

The clouded CD 13 race could have a silver lining, Daniel Tilson predicts. This is exactly what “We the People” in any congressional or legislative district can be subjected to, unless and until there is a constitutional amendment nullifying the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

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