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Legislative Summit 2013

April 8th, 2013


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Legislator of the Week: April 22-26, 2013


Representative Mike Fasano (R-36)

On Thursday, Representative Fasano introduced an amendment to HB 7169, which would have altered the legislation to make it match SB 1816. This amendment would have accepted federal funds to expand health care coverage for 1.1 million Floridians. Currently, HB 7169 would only provide access to coverage for 115,000 Floridians. 

We appreciate Representative Fasano’s passion for making health care accessible for Floridians in need.

Legislators of the Week: April 8-12, 2013

On Thursday, Representative Lori Berman introduced a budget amendment on the House floor to reallocate the $2 million dollar line item from Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to Family Planning Centers. 

CPCs are non-medical facilities that often provide drug-store pregnancy tests and medically inaccurate information under the guise of being a real health care provider. These centers have come under federal investigation for engaging in an “inappropriate public health practice” all while receiving taxpayer funds from the government. 

Family Planning Centers offer life saving cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, birth control and access to other preventive health care services.  

Thank you to Representative Berman for introducing this important budget amendment. We would also like to thank the many members who spoke passionately about the need for more money for family planning.

 Representative Lori Berman

Representative Berman (D-90)


Representative Edwards (D-98)


Representative Rader (D-81)


Representative Saunders (D-49)


Representative Stark (D-104)


Representative Waldman (D-96)




Legislators of the Week: April 1-5, 2013

On Monday, April 1st, Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs passed the “Families First” bill (SB 196). By a margin of 5 to 4, the Senate committee voted to move closer to creating a statewide domestic partnership registry (DPR) that would provide essential legal protections for unmarried couples including hospital visitation, correctional facility visitation, end of life decision making and burial arrangements. The bill passed with support from both Democrats and Republicans, and its success signals a new day in Florida. This vote is a reflection of the change in public opinion favoring legal equality for all Florida couples.

Thank you to Senators Braynon, Clemens, Detert, Thompson and Sobel for supporting this bill and furthering the cause of equality for all Floridians.


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              Senator Braynon (D-36)                Senator Clemens (D-27)                  Senator Detert (R-28)

                                        Senator Geraldine Thompson                          Sobel.jpg

                                     Senator Thompson (D-12)                     Senator Sobel (D-33)



Legislator of the Week: March 25-29, 2013

Representative Irving Slosberg, Ranking Democratic Member of House Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Thank you to Representative Slosberg for raising important questions and debate during the Criminal Justice Subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, March 27th



“Every year, the legislature spends time debating numerous bills that attempt to limit access to a safe and legal procedure for women. Instead of interfering in personal, medical decisions, we should address the real health problems facing families across the state.” 

Legislators of the Week: March 18-22, 2013

Thank you to Senators Braynon, Joyner and Sobel, and Representatives Rader and Saunders for casting votes in committee against SB 876 and HB 1129. Read more about these bills that attempt to insert politics where it doesn’t belong — in women's personal medical decisions. 

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          Senator Oscar Braynon (D-36)           Senator Arthenia Joyner (D-19)           Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-33)

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  Representative Kevin Rader (D-81)                        Representative Joe Saunders (D-49)

Legislators of the Week: March 11-15, 2013

On Monday, the Senate Select Committee on Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), voted against Medicaid expansion. However, members of the committee expressed interest in looking into alternative plans to ensure those who need health coverage will have options. In the coming weeks, members of the Legislature will continue to discuss options for expanded health care access for Floridians.

Thank you to the members of the Senate PPACA Committee who voted in favor of Medicaid Expansion. These members understand the importance of making sure that all Floridians have access to affordable, quality health care. Women, in particular, would greatly benefit from expansion – with increased access to critical preventive and primary health care services, including lifesaving cancer screenings, Pap tests, annual exams, and birth control. 


Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-33) Vice-Chair, Senate PPACA Committee

"I believe the Florida Legislature has not just a unique opportunity, but also a moral imperative to expand access to health care. This is an opportunity not just to improve lives, but also to save lives.”

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       Senator Chris Smith (D-33)          Senator Darren Soto (D-14)          Senator Audrey Gibson (D-9)  




Legislators of the Week: March 5-8, 2013

Thank you to Senator Geraldine Thompson, (D-12) and Representative Lori Berman, (D-90) for introducing SB 774 and HB 717, legislation to protect pregnant women from discrimination. This legislation would bring Florida in line with federal protections for pregnant women who are victims of discrimination in the workplace as afforded under the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Over the years, most federal and state courts have held that Florida’s Civil Rights Act does not protect pregnant women against discrimination by an employer.

Senator Geraldine Thompson Sen. Thompson: “I am proud to introduce legislation to ensure leaders in our State do everything we can to protect women from employment discrimination. The ability to bring home a paycheck shouldn’t hinge on pregnancy and childbirth. This bill boosts a pregnant woman’s right to earn a living without fear of retaliation.
Representative Lori Berman Rep. Berman: “Women are succeeding in all aspects of life and this legislation protects pregnant women while encouraging people to grow and nurture their careers and their families. Updating Florida’s Civil Rights Act will ensure that our State does not discriminate.”


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