HB 439/SB 578 Domestic Partnership Registry – Rep. Stewart (D)/Sen. Sobel (D)
This bill calls itself a mere domestic partnership but it is actually a full blown civil union attempting to give all the rights, benefits, and privileges of marriage. These bills are presently different, but have the same intention of recognizing domestic partnerships.
HB 221/SB 240 Sexual Orientation Change Therapy Restrictions – Rep. Richardson (D)/Sen. Clemens (D)
This bill prohibits counsellors and psychologists from counselling their under 18 patients to change their sexual orientation, behaviors, gender identity, gender expression or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions toward a person of the same gender.
SB 7050/7052/7054 Casino Gambling Package Expansion Bill – Proposed by the Gambling Committee/Sen. Richter. These bills would create two new casinos in Florida, create a new state department to “regulate” gambling and would require a constitutional amendment for any gambling not presently allowed by law.
HB 629/SB 638 Regulation of Charities – Rep. Boyd (R)/Sen. Brandes (R)
This bill is an attempt to crack down on bad charities like Allied Veterans of America who have been involved with abusive tactics this past year but, unfortunately, regulates all charities in the process and creates an extraordinary expenses for non-profit organizations requiring expensive annual audits. With amendments this would be a bill we could support, but as written we must oppose it and so should other non-profit charitable organizations.
SB 98 Expanding the Florida Lottery to Online Portals Lottery - Sen. Margolis (D)
This bill would authorize the Department of the Lottery to create a program to purchase lottery tickets online.