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Senator urges Gov to take action on Cuba-Syria ban bill

A Florida Senator is urging Governor Rick Scott to sign a bill into law that he says would send a message that Florida doesn’t do business with countries on the U-S terrorist list. As Sascha Cordner reports, he wants Florida taxpayers to stop investing in corporations and companies, that are doing business with Cuba and Syria.

Senator Rene Garcia says it’s strange a bill that the Florida Legislature unanimously supported now has critics, who include ambassadors from Canada and Brazil as well as different Chambers of Commerce from across the nation. He says they’ve been putting pressure on the Governor to veto the bill because they claim there are constitutional concerns that the state is overstepping its power. But, Garcia disagrees:

“I really don’t believe that there’s any constitutionality issues with it. And, we’re not saying they can’t do business in the state of Florida in the private sector. They can come and do businesses in the private sector all they want. We’re just saying that us as a state with public monies refuse to invest or do business with companies with ties to Cuba and Syria.”

The Governor has until May 5th to take action on the bill.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.