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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

10 big legal issues to watch out for in 2022

From elections to vaccines, state and federal courts are weighing Florida’s major lawsuits. Here are 10 big legal issues to watch out for in 2022:

– Elections: With high-profile elections due in November, Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker is set to begin a trial on Jan. 31 in challenges by voting-rights groups to a controversial new election law. Among other things, the law made it harder for Floridians to cast ballots by mail and added restrictions on drop boxes, where voters could drop off completed ballots.

Gun purchases: The National Rifle Association is asking the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down a 2018 Florida law that prohibits people under the age of 21 from buying guns. A federal district judge upheld a law passed after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The NRA argues that the law is unconstitutional.

– Local gun restrictions: The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to take a case challenging a 2011 state law that threatened harsh penalties if city and county officials approve gun-related regulations. Local governments began fighting the law after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The First District Court of Appeal upheld the law.

— MARSY’S LAW: More than three years after voters approved a victims’ rights measure known as “Marc’s Law,” the Florida Supreme Court will consider whether the law identifies police officers involved in shootings can mold. The First District Court of Appeals supported two Tallahassee officers who argued that they were entitled to privacy protections because they had been threatened in incidents of use of force.

– Protest crackdown: The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear the appeal of Ron DeSantis’ administration in a battle about a law aimed at cracking down on protests in March. DeSantis backed the legislation in 2020 after nationwide protests focused on racial justice. A federal district judge issued an injunction against the law, which increases penalties and creates new offenses in protest that turn violent.

– Social media: The state wants the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a preliminary injunction against a law targeting social-media giants such as Facebook and Twitter. The law seeks, in part, to prevent platforms from banning political candidates from their sites and requires companies to publish and consistently enforce standards. The online industry challenged the law based on the First Amendment.

– Sports Betting: Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe are looking at a Washington, DC, federal appeals court to salvage a gambling deal that allowed sports betting in Florida. A district judge said the deal violates a federal Indian gambling law. The deal, approved in May’s special legislative session, called on the tribe to regulate online sports betting in the state. This was challenged by two pari-mutual facilities.

— Transgender students: In a case that is gaining national attention, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments in February about whether a transgender male student should be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at St. Johns County High School should have been allowed to do so. , A district judge ruled in favor of student Drew Adams, prompting the St. Johns County School Board to appeal.

— UF professor: Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hear arguments on January 7 in a lawsuit filed against the University of Florida after it barred political science professors from testifying against the state in an election case. Six professors argue that a university policy violates First Amendment rights. The UF withdrew the decision regarding the election, but the school has faced heavy scrutiny regarding the policy.

– Vaccine mandates: Attorney General Ashley Moody has gone to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals after a district judge refused to block a Biden administration rule requiring health care workers to be tested for COVID-19. vaccination was required. Moody’s, backed by Govt. Ron DeSantis is also challenging a separate federal vaccination requirement for workers at federal contractors.

Tags: Florida News Service

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