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Sunday, 21 April 2013 18:17

Florida Women Dealt Difficult Hand

Written by  Terry Sanders, Florida NOW Legislative Director

With only a couple of weeks left of the 2013 Legislative Session, women in Florida are being dealt a difficult hand. It certainly seems that especially House members are moving forward on bills that negatively (or only) impact women at a swift rate. Too bad they aren't spending more time improving our economy. But the session is not over and Governor Scott is well aware he has an upcoming election so we could have some surprises coming. 

Anti-abortion bills:

HB 845 / SB 1072 by Rep Van Zant and Sen Evers: Termination of Pregnancy Based on Sex or Race of Unborn Child

One of the latest tricks to restrict abortion rights is to make up a problem that doesn’t exist so they can enact useless laws. These so-called race and sex selection abortion bills have no facts to back them up. These bills are unnecessary and insulting to women and doctors.

Update 4/21: This bill has passed the House but has not been heard in the Senate.  It is not currently on the schedule to be heard by the Senate before the end of the session.

 

HB 759 / SB 876 by Rep Ahern and Sen Stargel: Offenses against Unborn Children

While purporting to add violence protection for pregnant women these bills instead are another veiled attempt at ‘personhood’ for fertilized eggs.

Update 4/21: This bill has passed the House and has passed two of the four committees in the Senate.  It is not currently on the schedule to be heard by the Senate before the end of the session.

 

HB 1129 / SB 1636 by Rep Pigman and Sen Flores: Infants Born Alive

Ostensibly to protect late term aborted fetuses, these bills are totally unnecessary. Again, there are no facts or figures to back up the need for another intrusive bill against abortion rights.

Update 4/21: This bill has passed the House and on the schedule to be heard by the Senate on Tuesday, April 23.

 

HB 395 / SB 1056  by Rep Van Zant and by Sen Evers are the “all-out” ban on abortion care, with very limited exceptions for life of the mother.

Update 4/21: These bills have not moved through committee – most likely will not be heard.

 

Other bills opposed by Florida NOW:

HB231 / SB 718 by Rep Workman and Sen Stargel would restrict alimony and disproportionately negatively impacts women.

Update 4/21: The House bill has been passed by both the House and the Senate. It will be presented to Governor Scott. This has been all over the news – Representative Workman is very confident it will be signed.

 

HB 655 by Rep. Precourt / SB 726 by Senator Simmons and HB 1125 by Rep. Goodson / SB 1216 by Senator Bradley are trying to prohibit and pre-empt local efforts to get living wages, leave time, and wage theft ordinances passed which they know we are able to do in many local communities. 

Update 4/21: Bills 655 and 726 have passed the House and the Senate committees and are scheduled for a Floor vote on Thursday, 4/25. HB 1125 has passed its committees but SB 1216 has not and it is not currently on the schedule to be heard by the Senate before the end of the session.

 

HB 0869 / SB 1384 by Rep Hager and Sen Galvano:  Nursing Home Litigation

These are bad bills that make it more difficult to sue nursing homes for poor care and negligence. Since women live longer than men, these bill impact older, more vulnerable women.

Update 4/21: The House bill has not moved through committee but the Senate bill is on the agenda in committee this week.  

 

Bills we support:

HB 8001 by Rep Berman and SB 54 by Joyner is to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida. 

Update 4/21: There was some progress for the first time on the ERA bill in the House. It was heard in a workshop of the Local & Federal Affairs Committee. Representative Berman and NOW spoke in favor of the bill with no objections. Unfortunately this workshop was not subject to taking a vote so there will not likely be any more progress but we are grateful for this small step.

 

HB 717 & SB 774 The Pregnancy Non-Discrimination Act submitted by Rep Berman and Sen Thompson – protects pregnant women from discrimination and potential firing based on the condition of pregnancy. These rights are protected under Federal law and this bill will bring Florida in line with Federal protections.

Update 4/21: The House bill has passed two of the three committees but is not currently scheduled before the end of session. The Senate bill has passed two of the four committees and is not currently scheduled before the end of session.  

To contact your local legislators:

Florida House – go to http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/ click on  ‘Representatives’ and then select “Find your Representative”

Florida Senate – got to http://www.flsenate.gov/ click on ‘Senators’ and enter your zip code on the top left.

 

 

1 comment

  • Comment Link Vicki Impoco Monday, 22 April 2013 06:13 posted by Vicki Impoco

    "Unless women are prepared to fight politically they must be content to be ignored politically." Alice Paul

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