Friday, May 19, 2023

Florida Governor Signs 5 Bills Labeled As "Protecting Innocence of Florida's Children"

On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed 5 bills into law which a press release from the governor's office described as "legislation to protect the innocence of Florida's children." 

  • Senate Bill 254 (full text) prohibits sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures for individuals under 18 years of age.
  • House Bill 1069 (full text) prohibits K-12 schools from asking students to provide their preferred title or pronoun; prohibits requiring employees or students to refer to others by their preferred pronouns; and prohibits employees from providing their preferred title or pronoun to any student if the title or pronoun does not correspond to the person's biological sex.
  • Senate Bill 1438 (full text) prohibits admitting children to sexually explicit adult performances that are pornographic for children. A summary of the bills released by the governor's office says that this includes a ban on admitting children to drag shows.
  • House Bill 1521 (full text) requires individual to use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their biological sex in educational institutions, correctional institutions and public buildings.
  • House Bill 225 (full text) allows charter and online school students to participate in extracurricular activities at public or private schools. It also provides that high school athletic associations that include public schools must allow any school participating in a championship contest to make 2-minute opening remarks using the public address system. It goes on to provide:

The athletic association may not control, monitor, or review the content of the opening remarks and may not control the school’s choice of speaker. Member schools may not provide remarks that are derogatory, rude, or threatening. Before the opening remarks, an announcement must be made that the content of any opening remarks by a participating school is not endorsed by and does not reflect the views and or opinions of the athletic association.... 

A summary of the bills released by the governor's office says that this includes the right to offer public prayer at high school sporting events.

The Washington Stand has additional reporting on the bill signings.