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There are now more than 180 cases of the Zika virus in Florida. State health officials reported the highest number of new cases in a single day Tuesday.

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Just a day after a pair of Democratic lawmakers announced they were filing bills to make pregnancy discrimination illegal, Florida’s Supreme Court took up the issue Thursday.

Democratic Women Push For Pregnancy Protection Bill

Nov 7, 2013
Stan Jastrzebski

A group of female lawmakers is filing bills in the Florida Legislature strengthening legal protections for pregnant women.

Stephanie Mulherin was working at a Tallahassee restaurant when found out she was pregnant with her second child. But she says almost as soon as she told her boss, her hours began to shrink and her boss began remarking about her pregnancy.

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Florida Senate Democrats are pushing for the passage of a package of civil rights bills during the 2014 session. Wednesday’s agenda announcement was set against the backdrop of the 50th anniversary celebration of Democratic Leader-Designate Arthenia Joyner’s arrest during a Tallahassee civil rights protest.

Sen. Joyner (D-Tampa) grew up during the segregation era in Lakeland. In 1963, as a Florida A&M University student, she says Tallahassee had clear boundaries it was unacceptable for black people to cross.