Week 3 Legislative Update

By Faith and Freedom Staff

After another busy week in Tallahassee, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his intention to bolster Florida’s emergency management system and give $1,000 bonus checks to the state’s first responders. The balance – approximately $10 billion in federal COVID-19 relief – will go to infrastructure, seaports, fighting sea level rise, and an overhaul of Florida’s broken unemployment system.

Legislative Activity

In other action, SB 72, the Senate bill on COVID-19 liability protection for businesses and health care providers, is now on the Senate calendar and should receive a floor vote soon.

On the education front, Governor DeSantis voiced reservations about SB 86 to rework the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The bill would limit future scholarships, providing them only to students seeking degrees with higher job prospects.

Faith and Freedom Legislative Agenda

Several Faith and Freedom Coalition priorities are moving through the legislature. At the top of this list is SB 744 by Senator Rodrigues. This important bill provides protection against abortion to unborn children capable of feeling pain.  Unfortunately, this bill is languishing in its first committee of reference and must be heard soon in its first committee stop—the Senate Health Policy Committee.

We strongly encourage all Faith and Freedom supporters to contact their Florida State Senator and request that this bill be put on the Senate Health Policy Calendar as soon as possible.

Other important bills include SB 90 by Senator Dennis Baxley revising procedures for Vote-by-mail Ballots. In an effort to reduce vote by mail fraud, this bill limits the duration of requests for vote-by-mail ballots to all elections through the end of the calendar year of the next regularly scheduled general election. The bill has passed its first two committee assignments and awaits its final hearing in the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 48 by Senator Manny Diaz would expand Educational Scholarship Programs and establish the McKay-Gardiner Scholarship Program and awaits a full vote on the Senate floor. It’s companion bill in the House, SB 7052 is similarly situated in that chamber. Other important bills on human trafficking, parental rights, and domestic violence are still alive and continue to work their way through the legislative process.

Please consider reaching out to your senators and representatives and encourage them to support these good bills.  You can find a list of senators HERE and a list of representatives HERE.

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