Florida Family Action has released the following list of good 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 bad bills.
Application of Foreign Laws in Certain Cases – restrictions on judges
SB 58 by Senator Hays / HB 351 by Representative Metz
This bill prohibits Florida judges from referring to laws of other nations for Florida court decisions.
Distribution of Material Harmful to Minors – penalties for distribution of pornography on school campuses
SB 86 by Senator Flores / HB 113 by Representative Diaz
The illegality of adults knowingly distributing porn and offensive material to minors is already established; this bill provides harsher punishments for violating those laws.
Prohibition of Electronic Gambling Devices – anti-gambling
HB 155 by Representative Trujillo
This bill would ban internet cafes.
Children in Foster Care – foster parent standards
SB 164 by the Children, Families & Elder Affairs Committee / HB 215 by Representative Albritton
This bill creates a “reasonable and prudent parent” standard for foster parents and would assist in providing normalcy for children in foster care.
Massage Establishments – human trafficking
SB 500 by Senator Clemens / HB 7005 by Criminal Justice Subcommittee
This bill tightens regulations on massage parlors for the purpose of reducing human trafficking.
Offenses Against Unborn Children – recognition of life
SB 876 by Senator Stargel / HB 759 by Representative Ahern
This bill creates the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act” which recognizes the death or injury (due to violence or vehicular homicide) of an unborn child as the death or injury of a second person.
Independent Living – adoption & foster care
SB 1036 by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs committee
This bill allows foster children to remain in the foster care children until the age of 21 instead of 18.
Termination of Pregnancy Based on Sex or Race of Unborn Child – pro-life
SB 1072 by Senator Evers / HB 845 by Representative Van Zant
This bill prohibits abortion due to the race or gender of the unborn child.
Florida Marriage Handbook
SB 1586 by Senator Stargel / HB 1163 by Representative Baxley
This bill creates the Florida Marriage Handbook, which will contain marriage education and research and be given to interested couples applying for a Florida Marriage License.
Infants Born Alive – pro-life
SB 1636 by Senator Flores / HB 1129 by Representative Pigman
This bill would give babies born alive after attempted abortions all the protections of a child born alive in the course of natural birth.
Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards - restrictions on use of EBT cards
SB 1048 by Senator Gardiner / HB 701 by Representative Smith
This bill prohibits the use of EBT cards in adult entertainment facilities, pari-mutuels, casinos, and certain alcohol vendors.
Victims of Human Trafficking – opportunity to expunge criminal record
SB 1644 & 1734 by Senator Flores / HB 1325 & 1327 by Representative Spano
These bills provide victims of human trafficking the opportunity to expunge a criminal record they have due to the crimes they were forced to commit as victims.