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Winners and Losers of the 2015 Regular Session
By Sean Brantley and Suzanne Graham, FPMA Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs
ell let's see how to
say this in the least
amount of words. 2015
Regular Session did not fulfill its
Constitutional requirements. 2015 had
to have a Special Session for them to
do their job. That folks is the shortest
description I can come up with.
The long of it is that the federal
government dished out a hardy dose
of reality check to some politicians'
dismay and to others' prediction.
Gov. Rick Scott had the Attorney
General sling a lawsuit on the fed.
Good way to make friends and your
point as well I suppose. While we
were worrying about passing highly
important bills like funding for a
new MLB training complex in Palm
Beach and forcing strip joints to hang
a notice on the wall for the human
trafficking hotline, we failed to get
water, budget and essential services
dealt with. It was amazing to see
the session fade away as the House
just decided to give up, against the
Constitution, and leave bills on the
door mat never to be heard. The
backroom dealings continued on and
will continue into the Special Session,
which by the time you read this
should hopefully be done.
So here are some winners and
losers from our 2015 Regular Session.
Be prepared to shake your head at
some of these.
Winning passage in both
* Set the presidential primary date
as March 15, 2016. Signed by Gov.
* Require a 24-hour waiting period
before women can get abortions.
* Legalize half-gallon refillable
* Make revenge porn illegal
* Allow rural mail carriers
to drive without seat belts
while on their routes.
* Force strip bars and massage
studios to post signs alerting
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customers and employees to a
human trafficking help line.
* Create an online voter
* Require city, county and state
agencies to buy Florida and United
States flags that are made in the
* Revise the legislative gift ban
to allow lawmakers to accept
use of a public building or
public property if it is being
used for a public purpose.
* Allow terminally ill patients to
use experimental medicines that
have completed the first phase of
* Make it illegal to use drones to
photograph or record images of
people or their property from
* Require websites that sell
commercial music and movies to
post identification and contact
information on their sites.
* Keep confidential police body
camera videos that are shot in a
house, a health care facility or any
place that a reasonable person
would expect to be private.
* Make it illegal to impersonate a
* Set term limits for appointees to
the Public Service Commission.
* Make it illegal to discriminate
against pregnant women.
* Allow people without a concealed
weapons permit to carry a gun
with them during mandatory
* Let children who are victims or
potential victims of rape and
other violent acts secretly record
* Create tougher penalties for people
who pay for sex.
* Allow active and former military
members to tell government
agencies to keep private personal
information like addresses and
phone numbers that would
otherwise be public record.
* Repeal the ban on gay adoption
that is no longer enforced.
Here are some of the ones that
didn't make the cut. The language in
these bills would have:
* Approved a new state budget that
covered spending for the fiscal year
that starts July 1.
* Implemented the constitutional
amendment that voters passed
to designate money for land and
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