After passing the Senate (31-3), SB 254 (Brodeur) was substituted for HB 215 (DiCeglie) and passed by the House (88-29) on March 2. The legislation will head next to the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis to await his signature.
The bill would streamline the state government background screening system, benefiting numerous organizations and industries throughout Florida, including Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools, while keeping children and vulnerable adults safe.
These FCCB opposed bills would prohibit commercial airlines and busing companies from transporting unaccompanied migrant children into Florida if they want to enter contracts with the state or local governments.
The bill would disincentivize renewable energy development through changes in reimbursement rates and additional fees. The FCCB opposed the bill, and staff shared their concerns with legislators while the bill was in committee. The bill does not fairly balance support for the growing solar industry and utility infrastructure costs.
TALLAHASSEE – The bishops of Florida commend Florida’s legislature for passing HB 5 that limits when abortions can be legally obtained in Florida to 15 weeks of pregnancy. This pro-life measure also includes provisions to improve infant health and analyze and reduce fetal and infant mortality.
An amendment filed by Senator Jason Pizzo would have funded an HLARC (Hormonal Long-acting Reversible Contraceptive) Program. Christie Arnold, associate for social concerns & respect life, testified in opposition to the amendment on behalf of the FCCB. HLARCs have detrimental effects on a woman's health and have abortifacient effects as they prevent embryos from implanting in the womb.
The bill unnecessarily expands the public records exemption shielding entities and people involved in distributing, manufacturing and supplying drugs used in lethal injections. In carrying out a death sentence, this could allow the state to utilize drugs from manufacturers that expressly prohibit their use in executions without the manufacturer's knowledge.
HB 1505 (Trabulsy) and SB 1830 (Brodeur) would streamline the state government background screening system. These bills will benefit numerous organizations and industries throughout Florida, including Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools, while keeping children and vulnerable adults safe.
After nearly six hours of debate, the Florida House passed HB 5 (Grall) shortly after midnight on February 17. House members went back and forth sharing opposing perspectives and often emotional stories of how abortion has impacted their lives. The bill, which would prohibit abortion after 15-weeks of pregnancy, was passed with a 78-39 vote largely along party lines.
"We oppose this bill because it unnecessarily expands the public records exemption shielding entities and people involved in distributing, manufacturing, and supplying drugs used in lethal injections," said Arnold.
HB 1505 (Trabulsy) and SB 1830 (Brodeur) would streamline the state government background screening system. These bills will benefit numerous organizations and industries throughout Florida, including Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools.
HB 5 (Grall) was passed by the House Health & Human Services Committee on a 14-7 vote on February 10. Christie Arnold, associate for social concerns and respect life, testified in support of the bill on behalf of the FCCB. The bill has been placed on the House Special Order Calendar for February 15.
SB 1204 (Broxson) and HB 873 (Maney) would provide an exemption from public records requirements for information that could identify any person or entity that participates in an execution, including the manufacturer of drugs that are used for lethal injection.
The State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) and State Housing Initiatives Partnerships (SHIP) are both part of the Sadowski Programs, which have aided in the construction of affordable homes, rental development and down payment assistance since 1992.
Ken Kniepmann, associate for health, writes, "...we seek to protect our common home and ensure the preservation of our environment, which sustains life through its natural resources. As Florida allocates hundreds of millions of dollars to sea level resilience and Everglades restoration, it is contradictory for SB 1024 to unnecessarily hamper the growth of renewable technologies through changes in reimbursement rates and additional charges and fees."
Catholics from across Florida converged in Tallahassee from February 1-2 to attend Catholic Days at the Capitol. The event began on Tuesday afternoon with a briefing for participants to learn the details of four initiatives currently being considered by the Florida legislature. Early Wednesday morning, bishops and lawmakers joined Catholic Days pilgrims for an awards breakfast. At the breakfast Senators Jeff Brandes and Debbie Mayfield were honored with Defensor Dignitatis (Defender of Dignity) Awards in grateful appreciation for their efforts to protect human dignity.