A few noteworthy (mostly bad) bills coming up in 2024
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Requires teaching the history of Communism, including "cultural Marxism." Many feel this would mean teaching against multiculturalism, globalism, women's rights, and LGBTQ rights.
Attacks academic freedom. Prohibits certain discussions about systemic racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege.
Bans Floridians under age 16 from using social media platforms. Many feel this would be detrimental to those youth who are part of minority groups, such as the LGBTQ.
Stops local communities from removing statues honoring Confederate generals...also allows DeSantis to remove city or county leaders who vote to take down such statues
Cuts off funding for airports and seaports which follow public health guidelines from the federal govt and other measures
Allows transfer of firearm after 72 hours even if results of background check are not known
Lowers minimum age for purchasing a firearm to 18....This basically undoes the more restrictive bill that was passed after the Parkland shooting.
Prevents cities and counties from allowing unhoused people to sleep on public property
Targets students at Florida universities who speak out in support of Palestine...a very anti-free speech bill
Targets transgenders receiving healthcare...allows insurance companies to charge higher prices and to cover "detransitioning"
Makes it harder for Floridians to file for unemployment benefits...requires "skills assessment" and filling out applications weekly in person
Bans civilian oversight boards to local police...puts power for reviewing police misconduct at the state level
Bans government agencies and schools and colleges from flying LGBTQ pride flags and other political type flags
Penalizes citizens who challenge and lose a state environmental decision by requiring them to pay up to $50,000 in the state's court costs. NOTE: HB 789 sponsored by Overdorf
Gives tax break to those who buy planes in Florida. NOTE: Sponsored by Overdorf
Essentially deregulates public schools, lowers academic standards
Requires DEP to adopt rules for mangrove replanting and restoration
Triples sentences for theft if county lines are crossed. NOTE: Sponsored by Snyder
Rolls back child labor protections for 16 and 17-year-old children
Local governments would need a two-thirds supermajority for property tax increases