Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3,000 Bills and Just 60 Days for Lawmakers to Decide. What Will Get Done?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3,000 Bills and Just 60 Days for Lawmakers to Decide. What Will Get Done?

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SOME PROPOSALS TO WATCH

Some quality of life issues Will it pass?

you're likely to hear about:

Prohibit anyone under the age of

18 from possessing tobacco. Probably.

Provide state-paid vouchers for

students to attend private schools. Maybe.

Eliminate happy hours in bars Probably.

Permit voluntary, student-led prayer

at extracurricular high school activities Probably.

Ban recognition of same-sex marriages

from other states Toss-up

Abolish guidelines for sentencing

criminals Maybe.

Set goal of no more than 20 students

per class in grades 1-3. Doubtful.

Reform appeals process for Death

Row inmates. Probably.

Allow redevelopment of low-level

contaminated property. Maybe.

Require minors to have parental

consent for body piercing. Probably.

Provide protections for people

accused of child abuse. Maybe.

Allow secrecy for firms that report

their enviromental violations. Maybe.

Prohibit health insurance companies

from using genetic testing information

to deny coverage. Maybe.

Require insurance companies to treat

mental illness like physical illness

in providing coverage. Doubtful.

Increase penalties for trafficking in

Rohypnol, a sedative known as the

date-rape pill. Probably.

Allow large school districts to split

into smaller ones. Doubtful.

Require HMO's to provide direct patient

access to dermatologist. Doubtful.

THINGS THAT COULD COST YOU MONEY

Increase college tuition by 8 percent Probably.

Add 10-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes. Doubtful.

Add surcharges to cruise ship and gambling

boat fares for ecosystem management and

restoration. Toss-up. …

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