OPINION: According to a new survey conducted by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, most Floridians are on board with the state legislature’s efforts to address the growing power and influence that Big Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google have over Florida consumers and businesses of all sizes. This should send a clear signal to our elected officials in Tallahassee that the time has come to finally crack down on these Silicon Valley giants, particularly when it comes to their ability to silence, censor, or ban users whose political beliefs or opinions run contrary to theirs.
OPINION: Puerto Rico is near and dear to the hearts of Floridians. Many of us have friends and family on or from the Island and even a shared heritage with the people of Puerto Rico. I have previously expressed concerns about the lack of transparency and financial disclosures in the Puerto Rico bankruptcy process. Riddled with conflicts of interest, the process has been unsettling for many of us with a personal stake in Puerto Rico. Thankfully, Congress is finally taking action to correct a long-exploited loophole in the PROMESA law that allows companies consulting on the Puerto Rican bankruptcy to forgo disclosures traditionally required in bankruptcy proceedings. 
OPINION: Today, a substantial portion of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s coast cannot realize its potential for oil and gas exploration because of a moratorium. The moratorium, passed in 2006, is set to expire in 2022. Unfortunately, Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are pushing to block offshore energy exploration in Florida for another decade with a new amendment.  
OPINION: During the most recent meeting of the National Association of State Latino Chambers of Commerce (NASLCC) board members agreed by a vote of 12-0 to proactively extend their support for the Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy Disclosures Act of 2019 (PRRADA) that establishes important conflict of interest disclosure provisions in Puerto Rico’s economic recovery process.
OPINION: Growing things takes the right environment. That’s true not just in nature, but in business as well. That’s why it is critical that Florida steers clear of misguided climate change lawsuits that help trial attorneys, but hurt the state’s business climate. As a small business owner in Southwest Florida, I pay close attention to what is happening in other cities and regions. I’ve been alarmed, for example, at what has happened in places like New York, California, Colorado, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Washington, where local and state leaders  have joined with for-profit trial attorneys to sue energy manufacturers over climate change. Claiming that manufacturers should be held responsible for sea level rise and wildfires, a handful of people hope to gain sizable paydays by claiming that these manufacturers—who provide the products we all rely on daily—represent “public nuisances.”
OPINION: Governor Ron DeSantis continues to focus on Florida’s environment and its challenges with the recent appointment of a renowned biologist as the state’s first chief science officer.  In announcing the newly-created position which will initially focus on water problems, the governor noted, “My environmental policy is just to do things that benefit Floridians. … We’re going to do what works.” As we work towards safeguarding our environment and applauding ongoing efforts to make our planet a cleaner, we should keep in mind one group who has been a leading force behind creating real-life environmental solutions: America’s manufacturers. 
OPINION: In 2016, Congress passed a law called PROMESA which helped Puerto Rico take the first steps towards economic stability. Unfortunately, this law was missing key provisions which would prevent conflicts of interest from playing a role in the debt restructuring process, leaving Puerto Rico at a disadvantage in bankruptcy proceedings.
OPINION: With out-of-pocket costs rising for patients, policymakers at the state and federal level are focused on finding solutions to lower costs. Unfortunately, the well-intentioned effort has led Florida’s policymakers to support a drug importation proposal that could put Floridians at risk. In my role as President of the non-profit statewide organization the Oncology Managers of Florida, I am dedicated to the education and support of those working and caring for cancer patients in the community practice setting.
OPINION: In February, Senator David Gruters introduced SB 168, a dangerous piece of anti-immigrant legislation that will break up families and hurt our communities. As this bill advances through the state senate, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Will Florida be a place where families feel safe and law enforcement is equipped to protect and serve every individual in our communities? Or will a handful of misguided legislators in Tallahassee damage our communities and our economy, all without creating a single new job?   The choice should be crystal clear, and I’m grateful that some of our state's elected officials have already taken a stand against this alarming legislation, including my law school classmate and friend, the courageous Senator Anitere Flores.  
OPINION: While it may seem like every time we turn on the TV or read the news, we’re reminded of our country’s division, there is common ground that we can, and should seek, for the benefit of the immigrants in our Florida communities, and our state overall.  Government inaction has stalled progress many times in the past and will likely continue to do so, but for those in our communities like Dreamers, who close to nine in 10 Americans support providing a long-term legislative solution for, this cannot stand. We need to ensure Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) recipients, immigrants brought to the country through no fault of their own, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, immigrants who have been offered protection for decades, are provided a legislative solution finally offering them permanent protection.
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