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Republicans Keep Cleaning House (and Senate): Weekly Legislative Report – March 13, 2023

The first week of Florida’s 60-day Legislative Session was jam-packed with hot-button issues, including the death penalty, permitless carry, insurance reform and school choice expansion – just to name a few.

This week also saw a hint of what is to come, with legislation such as a 6-week abortion ban, expansive immigration crackdown and an attempt to “cancel” the Democratic party.  

As we gear up for this week, be sure to keep a lookout for some of the most high-profile and controversial bills of this legislative session, including restrictions on sex reassignment surgery, increased penalties for fentanyl dealers and decreases in the minimum age to purchase and transfer firearms.

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Bills To Keep an Eye on This Week:

Monday, March 13

Senate Committee on Health Policy

SB 254: Treatments for Sex Reassignment

  • Put forth by Senator Clay Yarborough (R-Jacksonville), this bill would:
  • Give a State Court jurisdiction over a child being subjected to sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures
  • Define sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures as “serious physical harm”
  • Alter custody determinations if the child is being subjected to sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures
  • Prohibit public funds going to sex-reassignment procedures

Senate Committee on Criminal Justice

SB 1086: Rights of Law Enforcement Officers

  • Sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), this bill would:
  • Prohibit disciplinary action against a Law Enforcement officer if the investigation is not complete after 180 days,
  • Require written notice to the officer within 180 days of the filed complaint
  • If the written notice is not given, the officer may appeal the disciplinary action in court

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