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Law limits hiring firms with links to Cuba
Date: 3/14/2012
Written By: UPI

Excerpt: Florida lawmakers have passed a measure forbidding local governments from hiring companies that do business with Cuba, officials say. The Miami Herald said the law, which governs contracts worth at least $1 million, appears to be aimed at Odebrecht USA of Coral Gables, one of the largest contractors in Miami-Dade County. The company is a subsidiary of a Brazilian conglomerate whose Cuban affiliate is working on a major expansion of the Port of Mariel in Florida. … But experts say the law likely will be challenged in court. States are barred from limiting local governments' contracting decisions based on contractors' international work, said Dan O'Flaherty, vice president of the National Foreign Trade Council, based in Washington, which supports trade with Cuba.