2022 Scored Bills
This legislation bans physicians from providing abortion care for patients past 15 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for survivors of rape, incest, or human trafficking. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
This legislation allows mixed-use developments to be built on property zoned residential, commercial, or industrial, and represents progress, if not a comprehensive solution, to the affordable housing crisis. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
This bill makes drastic changes to Florida alimony law. It's harmful policy for stay-at-home parents and low-wage spouses, allowing challenges to decades-old alimony settlements thought to be final, and allowing ex-spouses to stop alimony payments upon retirement. The bill passed the legislature and was vetoed by the governor.
Anti-Academic Freedom in Higher Education
This bill puts Florida colleges and universities at a disadvantage for recruiting top talent and allows for more government control over academic freedom. It requires the Board of Governors review classroom materials; review a tenured professor's accomplishments and performance; and mandates public colleges and universities change accrediting agencies at the end of each accreditation cycle. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Anti-Freedom of Speech
This bill bans protests or picketing outside of residential properties including the Governor’s Mansion and homes of university presidents. Opposed by the ACLU, this bill represents a fundamental attack on free speech by criminalizing peaceful protest. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Anti-Solar Freedom Bill
This legislation was drafted by Florida Power and Light to severely limit the expansion of rooftop solar in the state. This bill would also have threatened thousands of good-paying jobs and destroyed small businesses, while limiting Florida’s ability to transition to a clean energy future. It was vetoed by Gov. DeSantis.
This bill makes numerous changes to Florida’s elections system, including creation of a statewide police force to allegedly investigate voting irregularities, which are rare and already closely monitored by local election officials. It clears the way for voter intimidation and harassment of civic engagement organizations and election administrators. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Assisting Homeless Youth
This legislation provides educational, housing, and other opportunities and social services to assist homeless youth. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Attack on Local Decision-Making
This bill allows businesses to sue local governments if local rules and regulations could hurt their profits by 15 percent or more, with no cap on damages that taxpayers might have to pay. It is another example of the state preempting the ability of local government to address issues in their own communities. It awaits Gov. DeSantis' signature or veto.
Attacking Public Worker Unions
This legislation attacks many public sector unions including teachers and state government workers. It would have prevented automatic paycheck deductions among other union-busting measures, such as adding anti-union language to membership forms and data collection requirements. It passed the House but died in the Senate.
Book Bans in our Schools
This bill allows anyone to challenge and potentially ban school curriculum and library books. It also sets term limits for school board members. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Censorship in Schools and Workplaces
This bill bans discussion of race, gender, and discrimination in schools and workplaces. It is a prime example of the "culture wars" promoted by Gov. DeSantis and his allies. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Compassionate Immigration Policy Ban
This bill interferes with compassionate enforcement of federal immigration policy. It expands on the 2019 law that sought to ban so-called “sanctuary cities,” effectively precluding local actions to protect the interests and well-being of immigrants pursuing legitimate claims for asylum while awaiting court hearings. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Condominium Safety Bill
This bill implements a safety inspection schedule for condominium buildings in the wake of the 2021 Surfside condominimum collapse that killed 98 Floridians. It also requires homeowners' associations to set aside funding for necessary repairs and safety upgrades. It passed both chambers unanimously and was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Criminal Justice "Deform"
This bill gives law enforcement discretion to press heightened charges on burglaries they allege were committed across county lines, without proving it was the case. It has the potential to unfarily target minority communities and result in unfair prison sentences. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Criminal Justice Reform and Rehabilitation
This bill authorizes county prisons to provide educational services to inmates via contracts with local state colleges. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Criminal Justice Reform for Youth
Under this bill, Florida youth may expunge their arrest records with the exception of forcible felonies such as murder, rape, and kidnapping. An estimated 26,000 juveniles would benefit from this legislation by getting a second chance to pursue economic and academic opportunities. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Domestic Violence Prevention
This bill helps protect domestic violence victims by speeding the delivery of protective orders to law enforcement. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Don't Say Gay
This harmful legislation bans classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity, chilling the free speech rights of LGBTQ teachers and students. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
This legislation would have allowed landlords to impose, in lieu of security deposits, a non-refundable monthly fee charged to tenants indefinitely. It passed the House but died in the Senate.
Free ID Cards for Low Income Floridians
Provides free ID cards for people facing financial hardships as well as to people who are 80-years-old and have been denied driving privileges because of a failed vision test. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Gerrymandered Congressional Representation
This legislation incorporates partisan, gerrymandered congressional maps that reduce Black representation. It was vetoed by Gov. DeSantis, who called a special session to pass his own even more gerrymandered, anti-Black representation map.
Health Care Industry Negligence Shield
This bill creates unreasonable hurdles for people with legitimate claims of coronavirus-related neglect from medical providers. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Medicaid Reporting Requirements
This bill requires Medicaid managed care plans to provide performance measurement data based on race, ethnicity, disability, and other demographics starting in 2025. It passed both chambers unanimously before being signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Miya's Law - Renter Safety
Known as Miya's law, this legislation requires landlords to conduct background screenings, including a criminal history and sexual offender check on employees, and authorizes landlords to disqualify applicants who exhibit a history of violent criminal offenses. Also strengthens requirements regarding access to tenant premises. It passed both chambers and awaits Gov. DeSantis' signature or veto.
Nursing Home Financial Transparency
This bill requires nursing homes to submit audited financial statements to the state annually in order to make them more transparent financially. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Reducing Black Representation in Congress
This new political map for Florida's congressional districts was a direct attack on democracy and on Black representation by Gov. Ron DeSantis. It cuts the number of Black held Florida congressional seats in half, despite the Fair Districts amendments in our Constitution that prohibit this sort of district drawing. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Strengthening Protections for Sexual Assault Victims
This bill extends a victim’s time for reporting a rape in some cases and makes other changes in Florida’s sexual battery laws to help prosecutions. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Tax Reform & Consumer Affordability
This legislation provides sales tax holidays for back-to-school items, hurricane preparedness items, tools for skilled workers, and tickets to cultural events. There’s also a one-year sales tax break on diapers and infants’ and toddlers’ clothing. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Undermining Soil & Water Conservation
This bill effectively destroys the state Soil and Water Conservation Boards by limiting them to those in the agriculture industry or agricultural land owners. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
This legislation makes the selection of university and college presidents largely secretive and under the control of political appointees, opening up the selection process to corruption and cronyism. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Unsafe Senior Care
This industry-driven bill reduces the amount of time that certified nursing assistants must spend with long-term care residents daily from 2.5 hours to two hours. Our most vulnerable seniors, parents, grandparents and other loved ones will suffer as a result of this bill. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.
Water Pollution & Wetlands Destruction
This bill contains significant and harmful policy changes related to Everglades restoration, permitting for wetland destruction, and the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. This bill would allow powerful utilities to fast-track their permits to destroy wetlands, and sets up barriers for citizens to object. It was vetoed by Gov. DeSantis.