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Florida appeals Miami federal judge ruling against law prohibiting hiring of companies tied to Cuba

The state of Florida is appealing a Miami federal judge's decision to strike down a law prohibiting governments from hiring companies with business ties to Cuba.

Last month, U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore blocked the law from taking effect on July 1, as scheduled. Odebrecht USA, the Coral Gables-based affiliate of the giant Brazilian engineering and construction conglomerate, had sued the Florida Department of Transportation, saying it's not the state's role to set foreign policy. The law also applies to companies linked to Syria.

In a statement, Gov. Rick Scott said FDOT filed the appeal Tuesday afternoon. 

"As I have said before, the Castro and Assad governments are undeniably repressive, and it is important that Florida taxpayers do not support dictators that suppress freedom," Scott said. "I firmly believe this law is right for Florida and will continue to defend it going forward."


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Gov Scott is oppressive. I think the stae of Florida will appeal him in 2 years


This is very unfair! They should not implement this law!


and another waste of taxpayer monies - just how much is scott going to waste on frivolous lawsuits? he himself has already stated that florida can't enforce that stupid law - just like so many others that bondi has filed against - oh excuse me, she's just a dumb blond and doesn't know better


Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy
The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (abbreviated ASCE) will hold its twenty second annual meeting under the theme "Where is Cuba Going?" on 2-4 August 2012 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel in Miami, Florida 33132. This event represents the broadest gathering of academics, policymakers and professionals working or researching the Cuban economy and society. Among the distinguished scholars and professionals expected to attend will be Professor Jorge I. Domínguez (Harvard University and ASCE) delivering the Betancourt Keynote Address. Scholars and civil society actors from Cuba, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and South America will also give presentations on the Cuban economy. For the Preliminary Conference Program, registration and hotel bookings, visit www.ascecuba.org.

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