Legislative Activity – Week of March 18

Bills we are watching in the Florida House:

HB 1335 would amend Florida’s statute to require that teenagers who don’t get permission from their parents/guardian to get an abortion would have to plead their case before a judge. The bill was approved in the Health Quality Subcommittee; it is now in the Judiciary Committee.

HB 7089 and SB 7086 would make reenfranchisement substantially narrower, thus denying many former felons the right to vote. The bills are moving.

HB 235 is a so-called Heartbeat Abortion Ban that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected via vaginal ultrasound. A similar bill was passed but struck down in North Dakota by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.

HB 403 and SB 1238 authorizes a concealed weapon or concealed firearm licensee to carry a concealed firearm on the property of a religious institution when the property also contains a school.

SB 6007 removes provision prohibiting concealed carry licenses from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facility.

SB 7030  requires a sheriff to establish a school guardian program. Basically this bill would allow for the arming school staff and would allow more education funding to shift to “harden” schools.