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Cuba travel law not valid, Crist confidant says



Over the objection of many Cubans who came to Tallahassee in protest, Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill making it even more difficult to fly to Cuba. The law, championed by Rep. David Rivera, is being challenged in federal court.

Look for it to get tossed, says Crist's former chief of staff.

George LeMieux had this to say in his online LeMieux Report: "Proponents of the law argue it is a homeland security measure that protects the state in the event of an incident related to the unstable nature of these countries. Realistically, the law is politically calculated to stop travel to these challenged states. Travel to foreign countries from the United States falls within the federal government's jurisdiction, and is therefore, beyond the reach of a state like Florida. Look for the federal court to come to that conclusion."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:28am]


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