This Week in Florida

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This week in Florida news.

This Week in Florida

Extension of Early Voting

Hurricane Michael has caused disruptions in all facets of living in Florida, but for voters, some relief is being provided.

This past week, Governor Rick Scott extended early voting in eight counties.

Amendment 4 and the Voting Restoration Amendment

Amendment 4 is on the ballot for November 6 and if passed, it would allow for convicted felons to having their voting rights restored.

This would add approximately 1.4 million voters to the registries in Florida.

Marijuana in the Sunshine State

Yesterday, Governor Rick Scott filed an eleventh-hour appeal to a judge’s ruling that Florida’s medical marijuana law was unconstitutional because it failed to carry out a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, and required the state to start opening up the licensing process.

Puerto Ricans in Florida

Because of Hurricane Maria, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans were forced to leave the island and many moved to Florida not only because of family connections, but also because of its proximity to Puerto Rico.

However, as an attorney representing several dozen Puerto Ricans especially in bankruptcy because of Hurricane Irma, documentation was not easy to obtain, especially when it came to legal documents. That’s changing now.

A new service center has opened in Orlando thanks to the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, with the first Integrated Service Center (CSI in Spanish) outside of the island. Resident can now obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates, and certifications of child-support payments.

The center is located at 6925 Lake Ellenor Drive, Suite 100, and is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Copies of birth certificates can be obtained for $5 and $10 for marriage and death certificates.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter @mcatty_alex

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Alexander Hernandez represents clients in the areas of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Family Law/Divorce, and car and motorcycle accidents. (904) 712-5565 or (305)-688-LAWS (5297).

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