Appellate ruling scraps conversion therapy bans in cities across Florida

MIAMI — As a result of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down laws in Palm Beach County banning LGBTQ conversion therapy, other Florida municipalities with similar laws can no longer enforce such bans on therapies that attempt to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Members of Pridelines hold flags and march during the 2017 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla.

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Members of Pridelines hold flags and march during the 2017 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla.

That’s according to attorney Rob Rosenwald of the city of Miami Beach, which in 2016 became the first city in Florida to pass a law banning licensed medical providers from practicing conversion therapy on a child.


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The two laws struck down by a panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in Palm Beach County and Boca Raton, share language cribbed from the Miami Beach ordinance, he said. So, too, do laws

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California bans insurers from dropping coverage for 2.1 million homes in fire-stricken areas

With parts of California still smoldering, the state Department of Insurance has issued a one-year moratorium prohibiting insurers from canceling or not renewing about 2.1 million homeowners’ policies, the second consecutive year policyholders in or near fire-stricken areas have gotten a temporary measure of relief.

a close up of a stone building: The remains of a burned home in the Bobcat fire in the Angeles National Forest in Juniper Hills. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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The remains of a burned home in the Bobcat fire in the Angeles National Forest in Juniper Hills. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The move will temporarily protect homeowner policies in select ZIP Codes from Siskiyou to San Diego counties.

“Losing your insurance should be the last thing on someone’s mind after surviving a devastating fire,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara in a statement Thursday. “My action gives millions of Californians breathing room and hits the pause button on insurance non-renewals while we take additional steps to expand our competitive market.”

Repeated, destructive wind-driven fires in

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CBA (ASX:CBA) bans forced home sales until September // Motley Fool Australia

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) has become the first of the big four banks to announce a temporary ban on home foreclosures for borrowers struggling in the COVID-19 recession.

Normally lenders, as a last step, will forcibly sell a home to recoup costs if a loan falls behind in payments. This usually happens in Australia after many iterations of payment negotiations and hardship arrangements.

However, Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) wrote an open letter to Australian banks in September calling for a moratorium on foreclosures for customers in trouble due to the pandemic.

CBA on Tuesday wrote back to FCA agreeing to a ban until September next year.

“Our customers are also worried about losing their home through no fault of their own,” said CBA retail bank group executive, Angus Sullivan, in the letter.

“I’m pleased to confirm that we will be putting in place a freeze on forced sales

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Imo govt orders contractor to refund N1.4bn mobilisation fee, bans levies in schools

The Imo State government has banned the collection of levies in primary and secondary schools in the state.

The government warned that any school head, principal or headmaster, caught in the act will be summarily dealt with.

It also ordered the contractor handling the Naze/Nekede/Ihiagwa/Obinze road to refund the mobilization fee of N1.4 billion advanced to his company without further delay.

The Governor, Hope Uzodinma gave these warnings during a meeting of the state executive council held on Thursday in Owerri, the state capital.

He had directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. C.O.C Akaolisa to prevail on the bank that guaranteed mobilization fee to the contractor to refund the money or be forced to do so.

The Governor disclosed that his administration will re-award the contract for the road to a more competent firm as soon as the rains are over.

He equally reiterated the government’s ban

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Santa Monica Bans Street Performers During Peak Hours

SANTA MONICA, CA — It’s another sign of the times. Santa Monica will halt issuing permits for street performers at the Pier, Third Street Promenade and Transit Mall through Dec. 31.

The move aims to cut back on crowds or gatherings during the pandemic. Street performers will no longer be allowed at these locations during crowded times, including after 12 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the weekends and holidays, city officials said.

“During other times, the order prohibits street performers in those spaces from encouraging persons to gather to observe the performance and requires performers to comply with all County social distancing requirements, including wearing face coverings,” the city said in a news release last week.

Here are several other provisions to the city’s Twenty-Seventh Supplement:

  • It authorizes the Director of the Community Development Department to issue regulations authorizing businesses to post curbside pickup signs on parking meters adjacent to

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