Florida Family Action has released the following list of bad bills for the 2013 regular legislative session. Click on the name of the bill for full text, current status and other information. Click here to see a list of good bills.
Equal Rights for Men and Women – feminist
SB 54 by Senator Joyner / HB 8001 by Representative Berman
This bill would ratify the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to equal rights for men and women.
Families First – civil union/gay marriage
SB 196 by Senator Sobel / HB 259 by Representative Pafford
This bill calls itself a domestic partnership but it is actually a full-blown civil union attempting to give all the rights, benefits, and privileges of marriage.
Online State Lotteries – expansion of gambling
SB 266 by Senator Margolis / HB 275 by Representative Gibbons
This bill would authorize the Department of the Lottery to create a program to purchase lottery tickets online.
Game Promotion – pro-gambling
SB 502 by Senator Diaz de la Portilla / HB 257 by Representative Tobia
This bill would regulate and therefore legalize internet cafes.
Prohibited Discrimination – gay rights
SB 710 by Senator Abruzzo / HB 653 by Representative Saunders
This bill makes sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity impermissible grounds for discrimination.
Sweepstakes Devices – limiting Internet cafes
SB 1030 by Senator Thrasher / HB 951 by Representative Patronis
This bill would ban new internet cafes from opening for a period of two years so the Legislature can study the effects of gambling. We oppose this bill because we don’t want to ban all NEW cafes; our priority is making all of them illegal.
State Group Insurance Program – insurance for domestic partners
SB 1086 by Senator Abruzzo / HB 929 by Representative Stewart
This bill would allow a same-sex domestic partner of someone enrolled in a state group insurance program to be qualified as a covered dependent.
Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
SB 1158 by Senator Thompson / HB 1219 by Representative Bracy
This bill would create the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives within the Department of Economic Opportunity.
Medical Cannabis / Public Records Medical Use of Cannabis – medical marijuana
SB 1250 and SB 1214 by Senator Clemens
These two bills would legalize marijuana for medical purposes and create a non-public registry of users.