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Here is a list of some of the bills that were considered in the 2023 Florida 60 day legislative session with a brief description and whether the Jax-NOW legislative committee supported or opposed the bill. There were almost two thousand bills introduced.

Most of the descriptions are based on the bill as written as of March 14th; amendments and committee substitutes subsequent to that date might change these descriptions. To find the final version of the bill:
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bills/2023

Even numbers are Senate bills. Odd numbers are House bills. Last action is for the senate version unless indicated otherwise.

LGBTQ RIGHTS

  • SUPPORT  328 /  393 -Gay and Transgender legal defense-Died in Criminal Justice Committee 

  • SUPPORT  330   -no bill in house as of 3/14/2023 - Adds gender to the crimes evidencing prejudice  statute-Died in Criminal Justice Committee
     

  • All six of these were signed by the Governor, see  Equality Florida summary

    • OPPOSE    254  / 1421 The government interfers with peoples' ability to get gender affirming care as recommeneded by their doctor

    • OPPOSE 1438 / 1423 Seeks to ban drag shows and allows people in power the ability to define art for everyone  

    • Oppose 1521/ 1674  HB 1521: Defines who can use restrooms and changing facilities--discriminates against people based on how they look

    • OPPOSE  1320 /  1069  HB 1069 discriminates against a minority group of children and their families, with the majority group defined as cis hetereosexual.

    • Oppose 1580 / 1403  Demands healthcare providers and insurers be allowed to deny a patient care on the basis of the health care providers and payors' religious beliefs

    • OPPOSE 266  /  999  -It would ban certain programs such as gender studies, terminate jobs, corrupt the hiring process, and censor academic thought. 

 

CONSTITUTIONAL EQUALITY, ECONOMIC JUSTICE

  • SUPPORT  270 /  513  - Equal Rights for men and women, ERA --Died In Judiciary

  • SUPPORT  137 /  1598  - Department of Labor - Creates department to provide services--Died In Commerce and Tourism

  • OPPOSE  129  / 1410  - Proposes amendment to State Constitution to increase percentage of elector votes required to approve amendment to or revision of State Constitution from 60 percent to 66.67 percent, except repeal of amendment or revision need only be approved by same percentage of elector votes as was required at time of passage of such amendment or revision.
    Died In Ethics and Elections

HEALTH INCLUDING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

  • SUPPORT 1076 / 1033  - Reproductive Health Care Rights--Died In Health Policy

  • SUPPORT 646  / 1199  - Medicaid Eligibility for Young Adults--Died In Health Policy

  • SUPPORT  730 /  779   - Providing incarcerated pregnant people right to defer sentencing until after delivery--Died In Criminal Justice

  • OPPOSE  300 /   7  - Bans abortions  after six weeks and requires medication abortion to be supervised by a physician and gives millions more to fake clinics. -signed by the Governor but effective date dependent on results of lawsuit

  • OPPOSE  252 / 1013  - Prohibits private businesses and governmental entities from requiring individuals to provide proof of vaccination and prohibits requirements for masks. The bill allows for mandating masks in health care settings. See complete summary HERE -Signed by the Governor

  • Oppose 1580 / 1403  Demands healthcare providers and insurers be allowed to deny a patient care on the basis of the health care providers and payors' religious beliefs- Signed by the Governor

RACIAL JUSTICE

  • Watch  804  / 551  - Required African - American History Instruction in all publicly funded schools -Questions in committee wanting a guarantee that Rufo's organization wouldn't do the training-Died in Fiscal Policy

  • SUPPORT  332  - Public Records/Hate Crimes Reporting Act-Collects related data--Died in Criminal Justice

  • SUPPORT 590 /  51  - Prohibited Discrimination Based on Hairstyle-Died in Judiciary

EDUCATION/CHILDREN

  • SUPPORT  584 / 217  - Creates “Children’s Bill of Rights Act” - Died in Children and Elder Care

  • SUPPORT  324 /  311 - Education-Post-Secondary Intellectual Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity--Died in Education Postsecondary

  • SUPPORT  334 /  389  - Menstrual Hygiene Products in Public Schools--Died in Education

  • OPPOSE  94 /  31  - Partisan Election for District School Boards -as of 6/18/2023 HB 31 passed the House and Senate but Governor hasn't signed it yet

  • OPPOSE  202 /  1  - Subsidizes the private school tuition of millionaires-- HB 1 signed by the Governor

  • OPPOSE 266  /  999  - It would ban certain programs such as gender studies, terminate jobs, corrupt the hiring process, and censor academic thought. Signed by the Governor

  • Oppose 1069  Defines sex as the "classification of a human person as being either male or female based on the organization of the body of such person for a specific reproductive role."  Teach that these "reproductive roles are binary, stable, and unchangeable."  Prohibits an employee, contractor, or student of a public school from being required to refer to a person using personal titles or pronouns that do not correspond with that person’s sex as defined in the bill.  Expands last year's HB 1557  (the don't say gay bill that has created chaos and discrimination) from grade 3 to grade 8. Equality Florida summary   Signed by the Governor

  • Oppose 1445 / 256 Harms the teachers union  Signed by the Governor

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN/GUN VIOLENCE

  • SUPPORT 130 /  97)  - Requires courts to look at domestic violence history when initiating a parenting plan--Signed by the Governor

  • SUPPORT  166 / 59  - Human Trafficking and Prostitution--Died in Criminal Justice

  • SUPPORT  1022 /  123  - Sexual Battery on Mentally Incapacitated Person--Died in Criminal Justice

  • SUPPORT  191 / 1656 - Financial Aid for Victims of Rape, Incest, Domestic Violence,----Died in Education Postsecondary

  • OPPOSE    150 /  543 (similar)  Permit-less Carry of Weapons & Firearms --  HB 543 signed by the Governor

  • OPPOSE  1543 -Lowers the minimum age for Firearm Purchase -no  senate companion bill and HB 1543 Died in the Rules Committee

Miscellaneous

  • OPPOSE 991 /  1220  - Makes it easier to file a lawsuit against journalists for criticizing  public officials.- Died in Rules

  • OPPOSE  302 /  3  - , the bill prohibits both the state Division of Bond Finance and specified public bond issuers from
    issuing an environmental, social, or corporate governance (ESG) bond or contracting with rating agencies that use ESG scores -
    HB 3 signed by the Governor

  • OPPOSE  170  /  1515 Suspends local ordinance if there is a lawsuit filed-- -as of 6/19/2023 passed the Senate and House but not yet signed by the Governor

  • Oppose 1409/ 1416 Alters parenting plans and time sharing schedules and alters alimony as of 6/19/2023 passed the Senate and House but not yet signed by the Governor

  • Oppose 7050 / 7067  Per the LWV-Florida:  Harms voter registration groups. The rules are so onerous that the LWV-Florida is no longer getting paper ballots signed; all voter registration drives will be done on-line. The bill specifies that if two or more VBM ballots are returned in one mailing envelope for the same election, none shall be counted. The bill defines “votes more than one ballot at any election” and authorizes prosecution of the violation to proceed in any county in which one of the ballots was willfully cast. The bill creates new requirements for voter guides.  It allows DeSantis to run for President without resigningsigned by the Governor

 

BAM's Legislative report card can be found HERE

Equality Florida summary of a few 2023 bills that the Governor signed:

Southern Legal Counsel has filed lawsuits on some of those bills.  You can find their press releases at this link:
https://www.southernlegal.org/resources#trans

Excerpt from Southern Legal Counsel press release:
On June 6, 2023, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of
Florida’s ban on healthcare for transgender minors and saying the ban is unconstitutional. In addition to providing immediate relief to the three plaintiffs who asked for a preliminary
injunction, the court’s order means that the State of Florida cannot enforce the ban. Because
the court ruled that Florida’s ban on healthcare for transgender minors is unconstitutional,
the State may not enforce either the law or the Board of Medicine rules to bar transgender
youth from receiving medically needed transition-related health care.
This means that healthcare providers throughout Florida may provide medically needed care to
transgender youth without being subject to professional discipline or criminal prosecution
while the case proceeds. Anyone with an immediate, urgent medical need who is unable to obtain essential healthcare in Florida because of SB 254 or the Boards of Medicine rules should get in touch with the legal organizations working on this case. You can reach out at gladanswers@glad.org or complete the intake form at www.GLADAnswers.org.

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