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The 2022 sixty day Florida
Legislative Session that
began January 12th has ended.
Here is a list of some of the bills Jax NOW supported or opposed.

Thanks to Jax NOW Legislative Chair Judy Sheklin for taking the time to compile this important overview.


 We are grateful to everyone who responded to our Action Alerts.

Thank you for acting to protect our rights and create change in these challenging times.

                                                                                                                                               It's a link to the Florida Senate website  

The senate website (see link above) will tell you if the bill was enrolled (passed both houses) and was signed by the Governor. It will also tell you if the bill died and/or if a related bill passed. You can also find out which legislators voted for or against the bill. 

3,000+ bills were filed, but we focused on these: 

CONSTITUTIONAL EQUALITY

SUPPORT SCR 1242 Gibson HCR 1589 Rayner : Equal Rights for Men and Women 

 

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

SUPPORT SB 322 Stewart  HB 293 Thompson: Discrimination in Labor and Employment

SUPPORT SB 688 Cruz  HB 627  Nixon & Davis: Employment Practices for Family and Medical Leave

SUPPORT SB 1388 Rodriguez CS/HB 1053: Parental Leave - Requires adoption of Parental Leave Policies using sick leave

OPPOSE SB 620 Hutson HB 569 McClure: Local Ordinances - Allows for damages for local ordinances impact  by businesses

OPPOSE SB 1124 Gruters HB 943 Harding: Preemption of Local Government Wage Mandates - Denies municipalities implementing higher minimum wages than the state

OPPOSE SB 1796 Gruters HB 1395 Persons-Mulicka: Dissolution of Marriage - Limits alimony payments

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS/HEALTH

SUPPORT SB 628 Book  HB 6023 Eskamani: Abortion Clinic Regulations - Removes limits to access for abortion

SUPPORT SB 1036 Berman  HB 709 Diamond: Reproductive Health Care Rights - Codifies abortion as protected

SUPPORT SB 1074 Pizzo  HB 813 Robinson: HIV Prevention Justice Act

SUPPORT SB 630 Jones HB 363 Hart: Pregnant Women in Custody-Services for incarcerated pregnant women

SUPPORT SJR 412 Taddeo, Berman: HB 239 Robinson: State Medicaid Plan - Expands coverage

SUPPORT SB 1052 Berman: HB 917 Thompson: Insurance Coverage for Breast Cancer Procedures

SUPPORT HB 373 Hinson: The Health Care Transparency Act - Requires disclosure of available services by

providers

SUPPORT SB 1692 Pizzo HB 675 Woodson: Medicaid Buy In - Allows disabled and others to buy in to medicaid

OPPOSE HB 167 Barnaby: Abortion - Six Week Abortion Ban-Includes a private civil cause for damages

OPPOSE SB 594 Perry HB 75 Sabatini: Discrimination on Basis of Covid 19 Status - Opposes safety protocols

*OPPOSE SB 146 Stargell HB 5 Grall: An Act Relating to Fetal and Infant Mortality 15 week abortion ban

OPPOSE SB 1820 Baxley HB 747 Snyder:  Healthcare Refusal Bill - Allows medical personnel to refuse to treat patients for a variety of reasons

LGBTQIA+ RIGHTS

SUPPORT SB 212 Farmer  HB 6065 Arrington: Fairness in Sports: Reverses trans sports ban

SUPPORT SB 462 Torres SB 168,  HB 6015 Rayner: Marriage Equality: Repeals state ban on same sex marriage

SUPPORT SB 308 Berman  HB 111 Geller: Offenses Evidencing Prejudice - Expands to include gender identity

SUPPORT SB 456 Farmer HB 249 Arrington: Driver’s License & Identification Card- Allows a non-binary marker

SUPPORT SB 374 Book HB 205 Smith: Transgender Panic and Legal Defense - Removes defense of murder or injury based on fear that someone is gay

OPPOSE HB 211 Sabatini: Youth Gender and Sexual Identity-Criminalizes trans affirming youth health care

OPPOSE SB 280 Hutson HB 403: Giallombardo: Local Ordinances - Implements preemption of local laws by state

 

RACIAL JUSTICE

SUPPORT SB 388 Berman HB 221 Davis: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SUPPORT SB 250 Book:  Removing Memorializations of the Confederate States of America

SUPPORT SB 1164 Brady HB 367 McCurdy: Juneteenth Day -  Designates Juneteenth a paid holiday for government employees

OPPOSE SB 242 Gruters HB 57 Borrero: Racial And Sexual Discrimination - Prohibits mandatory training

 

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

SUPPORT SB 372 Berman HB 83 Eskamani: Domestic Violence: Prohibits possessing firearms if convicted of DV

SUPPORT SB 402 Polsky HB 19 Gottlieb: Firearm Restriction Pursuant to Court Findings or Risk Protection Order

SUPPORT SB 654 Gibson HB 905 Fetterhoff:  Protective Injunctions - Provides a timeline for submission

SUPPORT SB 1106 Berman HB 781 Greico: Domestic Violence and Parental Responsibility Determination

SUPPORT SB 662 Cruz HB 803 Gottlieb: Lewd Adult Battery - Creates offense related to sexual misconduct

SUPPORT SB 1244 Gibson HB 913 Davis: Statute of Limitations for Sexual Offenses - Eliminates in certain cases

SUPPORT  SB 1180 Bracy HB 759 Davis: Certified Domestic Violence Service Provider - Expands providers

SUPPORT SB 868 Stewart HB 525 Slossberg-King:  Sexual Battery on A Mentally Incapacitated Person

SUPPORT SB 1218 Bracy: Batterer’s Intervention Programs: DCF to monitor quality and safety

SUPPORT SB 1288 Rodriguez: Civil Action By Victim of Human Trafficking

SUPPORT SB 692 Stewart HB 341 Harrell:  Sexual Offense Definitions Provides broader protections for child sex abuse victims

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

SUPPORT SB 334 Polsky HB 181 Daley: Sale or Transfer of of Ammunition - Expands background checks

SUPPORT SB 214 Farmer HB 199 Smith, Arrington: Assault Weapons & Large Capacity Magazines - Prohibits sales and transfer of military style weapons

SUPPORT SB 1166 Polsky HB 347 Rayner: Sale, Transfer or Storage of Firearms - Provides criminal penalties for negligence if a minor gains access to a weapon

SUPPORT SB 496 Taddeo HB 6049 Daley: Preemption of Firearms and Ammunition - repeals restrictions on local firearm ordinances, supports home rule

OPPOSE HB 103 Sabatini: Carrying of Firearms w/o a License - Allows possession of firearms w/o a license

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

SUPPORT SB 1176 Bracy: Citizen Review Boards - Requires counties to establish CRBs to review police actions

SUPPORT SJR 392 Powell HJR 39 Hart: Slavery and Involuntary Servitude - Prohibits both

SUPPORT SB 888 Jones HB 73 Raynor: Self-Defense Restoration Act - Reverses Stand Your Ground provisions

SUPPORT SB 342 Perry HB 195 Smith: Juvenile Diversion Program Expunction- expunges minors record for all offenses upon successful completion of a diversion program 

SUPPORT SB 1172 Chevron HB 857 Nixon: Criminal Justice - Reverses HB 1 Protest Ban

SUPPORT SB 630 Jones HB 363 Hart: Pregnant Women in Custody - Provides limits to and protections for women giving birth in custody

OPPOSE SB 1872 Bean HB 11 Rizzo/Killebrew: Impeding Law Enforcement Officers - Criminalizes filming law enforcement officers including in times of excessive force

OPPOSE SB 1808 Bean HB 1355 Snyder: Immigration Enforcement Ban - Enhances anti-immigration ban targeting unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers.

 

EDUCATION/CHILDREN

SUPPORT SB 248 Polsky  HB 175 Grieco: Learning with Dignity Act, Menstrual Hygiene Products in Schools

SUPPORT SB 532 Stewart HB 429 Goff-Marcil: Private School Regulations - Increases oversight and requirements

SUPPORT HB 51 Thompson: Required Instruction in History of Holocaust and African Americans

SUPPORT SB 1936 HB 1409 Eskamani Farmer: Education in Public Schools Concerning Human Sexuality

OPPOSE SJR 244 Gruters HJR 35 Roach: Partisan Elections for Members of School Boards

OPPOSE SB 1120 Rodriguez HB 893 Melo: Residential Treatment Programs - Allows DCF to place children in residential programs without court approval

OPPOSE SB 506 Diaz: Hope Scholarship- Expands vouchers paid to students in schools punished for having mask mandates

OPPOSE SB 622 Diaz HB 609 Borrero (CS/SB 758 Diaz & HB 865 Rizzo): Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation & Charter Schools - Moves funds to Charter schools w/o assurance assets remain in public schools if Charter dissolves

OPPOSE SB 1842 Baxley HB1305 Borrero: Materials Harmful to Minors - Requires opt in for sex education, not opt out

OPPOSE SB 1834 Baxley HB 1557 Harding: Parental Rights in Education - Prohibits Classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity

OPPOSE  SB 148 Diaz HB 7 Avila:  Individual Freedom - Restricts academic freedom in instruction

OPPOSE SB 1300 Gruters  HB 1467 Garrison: District School Boards - Cuts salaries of school boards and restricts curriculum, creating review committees

 

VOTER RIGHTS/ELECTIONS

SUPPORT SB 694 Cruz: Vote By Mail Ballots - Requires SOE provide postage

SUPPORT SB 368 Berman: Voter Registration -  Revises date for voter registration

SUPPORT HB 69 Geller: Election of the President by National Popular Vote

OPPOSE SJR 950 Rodriguez HJR 177 Roth: Percentage of Votes Required to Approve Constitutional Amendment or Revision- Increases the amount of votes required for approval

OPPOSE SJR 1412 Brodeur HJR 1127 Beltran: Limiting Subject of Constitutional Amendments by Citizens

 

REDISTRICTING

SUPPORT SB 530 Taddeo HB 6053 Geller: Public Disclosure of Reapportionment Records - Requires deletion of exemptions of Public information for reapportionment