2014 Scored Bills
Each of Florida's 2014 Middle Class Champions stood up to protect and expand Florida's middle class with their votes on each critical bill below in their respective chambers:
Gov. Scott's anti-middle class budget continues to dramatically underfund Florida's public schools, sticks state workers with another year of no pay increases, and shells out millions in special interest pork. Plus, after a second year in a row of the Legislature refusing to accept $52 billion in federal dollars to expand health-care coverage to nearly a million working Floridians, they agreed instead to spend five million of state tax dollars to market Florida’s health-care industry to “medical tourists.”
SB 156 would lower the annual tag and registration fees for most motor vehicles by about $25 a year. The bill passed unanimously in both houses.
Passed by an underhanded procedural maneuver on the last day of session, SB 850 would expand Florida’s voucher system, allowing more money to be drained from the public education budget to go to unaccountable for-profit private schools. It was strongly opposed by the Florida Education Association and the PTA.
HB 851, a revised and weakened bill, does still allow Florida Dreamers to receive in-state tuition rates, but does not allow them to apply for financial aid. They will also have to compete with out-of-state students in order to get the in-state tuition – even though they live in Florida and call this state home. The bill passed both houses.
An amendment introduced by Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Orlando) would have allowed Florida Dreamers to be eligible for driver’s licenses. It was identical to the bill that was vetoed by Gov. Scott last year. The amendment failed 72-44 in the House.
With support from the Florida Medical Association and Florida Sheriff’s Association, SB 1030 would allow a certain strain of marijuana to be used for non-euphoric medicinal purposes, such as treating children with severe seizure disorders. The bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses.
HB 1047 would insert politics into a deeply personal decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor. It would narrow current health exceptions in a way that could put women’s lives and health in jeopardy. Women facing complications with their pregnancy should have every medical option available to them. The bill passed mostly on party lines in both houses.
Florida’s water is in grave danger of too much pumping and too much pollution, yet legislators failed to pass strong springs protections despite widespread public support. SB 1576 passed unanimously in the Senate, but legislators in the House never even brought it up for a floor vote.
SB 1714, a creation of the major beer distributors, would have imposed harsh and unnecessary regulations on small craft breweries, making it difficult for them to compete. It passed in the Senate, but was never brought up for a floor vote in the House.
HB 7023 would remove some onerous requirements in the process to file for unemployment benefits, including a skills test, and would allow for an alternative to the online submission. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and overwhelmingly in the House.