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2016 Legislation of Interest

StatusHBSBTitle and Description
43110Churches or Religious Organizations: Provides that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain individuals may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for related purposes if such action would violate sincerely held religious belief; prohibits certain legal actions, penalties, or governmental sanctions against such individuals or entities.
dead45120Creating the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act”: revising provisions to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression and the perception of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, handicap, or marital status as impermissible grounds for discrimination; providing an exception for constitutionally protected free exercise of religion, etc.
401Protection of Religious Freedom: Provides immunity from liability for health care facility, health care provider, person, closely held organization, religious institution, business owned or operated by religious institution, or private child-placing agency that refuses to perform certain actions that would be contrary to religious or moral convictions or policies.
424Charter Schools: Requiring an application for a charter school to contain a list of certain information regarding all charter schools currently or previously operated by the applicant, applicant group, or proposed management company; authorizing a sponsor to deny an application based on charter school failures; requiring a charter school to submit monthly financial statements for the first year of operation with specified information included; requiring a charter to include documentation of adequate financial resources to support the charter school’s operation, etc.
527Scrutinized Companies: Requiring the State Board of Administration to identify all companies that are boycotting Israel or are engaged in a boycott of Israel in which the public fund owns direct or indirect holdings by a specified date; requiring the public fund to create and maintain the Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List that names all such companies; prohibiting a state agency or local governmental entity from contracting for goods and services that exceed a specified amount if the company has been placed on the Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List, etc.
withdrawn646Childhood Immunizations: Requiring certain immunization records to be on file with the State Health Online Tracking System by a specified date; revising exemptions to the school-entry health examination and immunization requirements; requiring the Department of Health, in collaboration with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, to prepare an informational video on immunizations for a parent or guardian to view before requesting an exemption; requiring the department to publish immunization and exemption rates for each public and private school on its website by a specified date, etc.
8591056Education in Public Schools Concerning Human Sexuality: Creates "Florida Healthy Adolescent Act"; requires public schools that provide information or programs relating to human sexuality to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, & factual information that is developmentally & age appropriate; provides for review of certain materials & students to be excused in certain circumstances; repeals certain health education provisions.
8651718Abortion: Creates "Florida for Life Act": prohibits induced abortions; prohibits operation of facility for purpose of providing abortion services; prohibits termination of pregnancy unless specified conditions are met; requires informed consent; deletes exemption from requirement to view ultrasound for victims of rape, incest, domestic violence, or human trafficking; provides standard of care if fetus is viable; requires that fetal remains be disposed of according to specified standards; provides restrictions on use of state & federal funds for state exchanges that provide coverage for induced abortions & termination of pregnancies under certain conditions.
899Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education: Requiring instructional materials to meet certain standards; requiring each district school board to adopt a process allowing a taxpayer to object to the use of specific instructional materials based on specified criteria; revising the requirement that the district school superintendent certify that all instructional materials used by the district for core courses meet certain standards, etc.
14111722Termination of Pregnancies: Defining the term “gestation” and revising the term “third trimester”; revising the requirements for disposal of fetal remains; prohibiting state agencies, local governmental entities, and Medicaid managed care plans from expending or paying funds to or initiating or renewing contracts under certain circumstances with certain organizations that perform abortions, etc.
7029830School Choice: Revising the required contents of a charter school application; providing for the automatic termination of a charter under certain conditions; specifying that certain limits on the number of charter schools established do not apply under certain circumstances; authorizing certain entities to apply for status as a High-Impact Charter Network; revising charter school eligibility requirements for funding allocations, etc.
14031600Pledge of Allegiance: Requires written notice of student's right not to participate in the pledge of allegiance to be included in specific publication; provides student may be excused from certain actions associated with pledge; requires unexcused students to show full respect to flag during pledge.












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