Horse Racing and Related Proposed Rules Published Today by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering

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Following the May 2013 rulings on “pari-mutuel barrel racing” the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering published proposed rules partially relating to horse racing today, June 30, 2015.  The proposed Rules appear to be revised from a similar set originally published two years ago.

To view today’s two sets of proposed Rules, click here and here.

“Florida’s professional horsemen are in the process of evaluating the proposed Rules and how they differ from the former set promulgated for an October 16, 2013 hearing,” said Bill White, President of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents over 6,000 Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers statewide.  “We clearly have some concerns with what we’ve initially evaluated.”

Upheld twice on appeal, the ruling in the “pari-mutuel barrel racing” litigation put an end to pari-mutuel barrel racing at both Gretna Racing LLC and Hamilton Downs, yet those two facilities received licenses from the State of Florida to conduct “flag drop racing,” an activity that is inconsistent with both the 2013 ruling and today’s proposed Rules.

Since the “pari-mutuel barrel racing” ruling, other Florida pari-mutuel permitholders have conducted non-traditional horse-related activities that remain unsanctioned by the Florida Quarter Horse RacingAssociation—the Florida Chapter of the American Quarter Horse Association.  At this time, the only legitimate American Quarter Horse Racing taking place in the State of Florida has been at Hialeah Park and Ocala Breeders’ Sales.

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Rubio: No Exchange Of Ambassadors With Venezuela Without Progress On Human Rights, Political Prisoners, Elections

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Following this past weekend’s meeting between a senior Obama Administration official and Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly who is reportedly under U.S. investigation for drug trafficking, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, urged Secretary of State John Kerry to explain the purpose of the meeting and clarify to Venezuela that the U.S. would not renew an exchange of ambassadors until human rights are respected, political prisoners freed, and elections scheduled.

“I am shocked at the recent media reports describing a meeting between State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon and Mr. Cabello,” wrote Rubio. “I cannot begin to understand what you hope to accomplish in meeting with a suspected narco-trafficker under U.S. investigation, a man suspected in gross human rights violations that includes the death of Venezuelan students, and a man who many consider to be the most corrupt person in Venezuela.

“Please explain why Counselor Shannon was sent to Haiti to meet with Diosdado Cabello and what specifically was discussed in regards to relations between the U.S. and Venezuela, “ Rubio continued. “Also, I ask that you make clear to the government of Venezuela that the U.S. will not renew an exchange of ambassadors until human rights are respected, political prisoners freed, and elections scheduled.”

In recent years, Venezuela has expelled a number of senior U.S. diplomats, including U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy in 2008 on charges that Washington was fomenting a coup attempt. The two countries have not had representation at the ambassadorial level since 2010.

A PDF of the letter is available here, and the full text is below:

June 17, 2015

Secretary John Kerry

United States Department of State

2201 C Street NW

Washington, DC 20220

Dear Secretary Kerry,

Today in Venezuela, Leopoldo Lopez, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and other Venezuelans sit in jail as political prisoners for their opposition to the authoritarian rule of President Nicolás Maduro. Recently Mr. Lopez and fellow prisoners began a hunger strike in order to bring attention to the relentless persecution of political prisoners, for the lack of respect for human rights in the country, and to ask for free, fair and transparent elections. President Maduro’s violent repression of peaceful demonstrators and resistance to publicly scheduling elections shows his contempt for the Venezuelan people.

President Maduro’s oppressive reign is supported by the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello. Cabello, referred to as the second most powerful man in Venezuela, has facilitated the passage of emergency decrees giving dictatorial powers to President Maduro. More recently, there have been media reports that federal prosecutors in the U.S. are investigating Cabello and building a case against him for his role as a leader of “Cartel de los Soles”, an international narcotics ring based in Venezuela.

I am shocked at the recent media reports describing a meeting between State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon and Mr. Cabello. I cannot begin to understand what you hope to accomplish in meeting with a suspected narco-trafficker under U.S. investigation, a man suspected in gross human rights violations that includes the death of Venezuelan students, and a man who many consider to be the most corrupt person in Venezuela.

Please explain why Counselor Shannon was sent to Haiti to meet with Diosdado Cabello and what specifically was discussed in regards to relations between the U.S. and Venezuela.

Also, I ask that you make clear to the government of Venezuela that the U.S. will not renew an exchange of ambassadors until human rights are respected, political prisoners freed, and elections scheduled.

I look forward to hearing your response and urge you to continue to take action against leaders of the Maduro regime who violate human rights by fully implementing the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014.

Sincerely,

Marco Rubio

Rubio: Bizarre And Confusing For Obama Administration To Meet With Venezuela’s Most Corrupt Official

Venezuela's National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello drives a car during a rally to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of a 1992 coup attempt led by former President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas February 4, 2015. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Venezuela’s National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello drives a car during a rally to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of a 1992 coup attempt led by former President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas February 4, 2015. REUTERS/Marco Bello

 

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL),chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, issued the following statement regarding this past weekend’s meeting between the Obama Administration and Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly who is under U.S. investigation for drug trafficking:

“‎By meeting with the Venezuelan regime’s most corrupt official, who also happens to be under investigation as a drug kingpin, the Obama Administration‎ is sending a bizarre and confusing message to the Venezuelan people as well as U.S. prosecutors investigating him. Instead of legitimizing Diosdado Cabello, the Obama Administration should implement sanctions against him for his key role in human rights violations, as it continues its drug trafficking investigation.

“These mixed messages from the Obama Administration are especially appalling at a time when Leopoldo Lopez and other brave Venezuelan political prisoners are waging a hunger strike against the regime of Nicolas Maduro ‎for its ongoing violations of human rights.”

Kaye Bender calendar listings for June with Pompano and Palm Beach

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KAYE BENDER REMBAUM HOSTS FREE CERTIFICATION COURSES FOR CONDOMINIUM AND HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS

Broward County:

Kaye Bender Rembaum will provide a free Covenant Enforcement in a Community Association Course on Tuesday, June 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kaye Bender Rembaum, 1200 Park Central Blvd. South, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. RSVP seminars@KBRLegal.com or call 954-928-0680.

 

Kaye Bender Rembaum will provide a free HOA Board Certification Course on Tuesday, June 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kaye Bender Rembaum, 1200 Park Central Blvd. South, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. RSVP seminars@KBRLegal.com or call 954-928-0680.

 

 

Palm Beach County:

Kaye Bender Rembaum will provide a free HOA Board Certification Course on Wednesday, June 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Kaye Bender Rembaum, 9121 North Military Trail, Suite 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. RSVP trisha@KBRLegal.com or call 561-241-4462.

 

 

Kaye Bender Rembaum will provide a free Condominium Board Certification Course on Wednesday, June 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. Kaye Bender Rembaum, 9121 North Military Trail, Suite 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. RSVP trisha@KBRLegal.com or call 561-241-4462.

 

 

Kaye Bender Rembaum will provide a free Fair Housing Act Seminar on Wednesday, June 24 from 6-7 p.m. at Kaye Bender Rembaum, 9121 North Military Trail, Suite 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. RSVP trisha@KBRLegal.com or call 561-241-4462.

Monday, June 1: The first Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m., Robert Kaye and Michael Bender can be heard on Ask the Experts on WWNN 1470 AM. They discuss pertinent association law topics and hot issues facing community associations.  The segment also runs on KBRLegal.com, iHeart Radio, YouTube and U Stream through video streaming and features a live call-in where viewers can have their legal questions addressed. Listeners can call into the segment at 888-565-1470. 

Kaye Bender Rembaum is a full-service commercial law firm concentrating on the representation of more than 800 community associations throughout Florida. With offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Firm is ranked ninth in South Florida and 62nd in the South among “Top 300 Small Businesses” by Business Leader magazine, and was awarded the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Legal Services by the Florida Community Association Journal. For more information, visit www.KBRLegal.com or call 954-928-0680.

Rubio Comments On Passage Of USA Freedom Act

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of the “USA Freedom Act,” which he voted against:

“Because the U.S. remains the freest nation on earth, we will always be targeted by those who attempt to exploit our society’s openness to further their twisted ideology. Unfortunately, weak presidential leadership combined with a politically motivated misinformation campaign have now left the American people less safe than we’ve been at any point since the 9/11 attacks.

“The failure to renew the expiring components of the PATRIOT Act was a mistake. The ‘USA Freedom Act’ weakens U.S. national security by outlawing the very programs our intelligence community and the FBI have used to protect us time and time again. ‎A major challenge for the next president will be to fix the significantly weakened ‎intelligence system that the current one is leaving behind‎.”