We continue fight back against extremist anti-LGBTQ+ policies in every state, including Florida. We know that these individual laws are not isolated or random attacks but are part of a coordinated national assault on our lives. Working with our partners at Equality Florida as well as dozens of local and national Jewish community organizations, we educate, advocate, and mobilize Jewish community to take action.

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2024 Bills to Watch

Equality Florida Legislative Slate Tracker

HB 1639 (-)

The Trans Erasure Bill is a new assault on the rights and dignity of transgender Floridians, aimed at excluding them from public life. Transgender people have always existed, but this legislation seeks to deny their legal existence and create new barriers to accessing lifesaving care, all while increasing insurance costs. A similar bill, HB 1233 by Rep. Black has not been scheduled for a hearing and is likely not moving forward this session. The sponsor is Rep. Bankson.

HB 599/SB 1382 (-)

The “Don’t Say Gay or Trans at Work" Bill is an alarming escalation of right-wing censorship that forces extreme anti-LGBTQ ideology into public and certain private workplaces, and especially targets transgender workers. It goes far beyond regulating pronouns to impose unprecedented political control over the activities of charities, private businesses, and human service organizations, and would deny state contracts to businesses that don’t rubber stamp the government’s extremist viewpoint that transgender people do not exist, while providing a “Bible or biology” exemption that creates a sweeping license to discriminate in the workplace. Sponsors are Rep. Chamberlin and Sen. Martin.

HB 433/SB 1492 (-)

The Preemption of Employment Protections bill threatens existing and future local employment nondiscrimination protections. It would repeal or ban local governments from adopting nondiscrimination policies on "conditions of employment," which already protect 60% of Floridians. This is legislative interference with local control and a dramatic roll back of local priorities that have been in place with broad support from the public and businesses for years. Sponsors are Rep. Esposito and Sen. Trumbull.

HB 901/SB 1120 (-)

Flags have historically been used to connect communities in an exercise of free speech. The Pride Flag Ban Bill bans public buildings from raising any flag that represents a “political viewpoint,” including Pride Flags. This is one more part of the Desantis agenda of censorship. Born largely from far-right activists protesting LGBTQ pride flags on government buildings, it attacks visibility in public spaces and classrooms for all minority groups. Sponsors are Rep. Borrero and Sen. Martin.

HB 833/SB 1708 (-)

The Policing Safe Space Stickers bill prohibits local law enforcement agencies from using “safe space” stickers or signage indicating support for the LGBTQ community. This is a petty attempt to overtly deny recognizing disproportionate violence that minority communities face. Sponsors are Rep. Yarkosky and Sen. Yarborough.

HB 1135/SB 1238 (-)

Child sexual abuse is real and devastating. The sweeping “Criminalizing Sex Ed” bill confuses what grooming actually is and trivializes its seriousness. It threatens to restrict information crucial to preventing STDs and unwanted pregnancy for minors and threatens to deny them access to LGBTQ content. It uses broad, vague language and a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine to censor a wide range of content in the absence of parental approval. Sponsors are Reps. Yarkosky and Bankson, and Sen. Martin.

HB 1027/SB 1728 (-)

The Single-Sex Student Organizations Bill takes a “Mean Girls” approach to allow sororities and fraternities at public and private universities or colleges to deny membership or leadership positions to transgender students and enables the organizations to enforce discriminatory, anti-transgender policies. Sponsors are Rep. Gonzalez-Pittman and Sen. Brodeur.

HB 1425/SB 1352 (-)

Among various reforms, the Juvenile Justice Package mandates inferior treatment for transgender youth, who would be denied access to programming, services, interventions, and facilities that affirm their gender identities, and would, instead, be classified, under this bill, according to their sex assigned at birth, potentially suffering worse outcomes as a result. Sponsors are Rep. Yarkosky and Sen. Bradley.

HB 1291/SB 1372 (-)

The “Stop WOKE Teacher Training” bill would extend the so-called Stop WOKE prohibitions on the teachings of racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege to teachers participating in the State Board of Education’s preparation courses. This builds on existing harms created by DeSantis’ extreme censorship agenda, while further restricting the ability of teachers to lead 21st century classrooms with honest and accurate teachings and discussions that reckon with our past to create a better future for our students. Sponsor is Sen. Ingoglia.

SB 454 (-)

The “Online Social Media for Minors” bill targets social media platforms with high penalties for failure to restrict minors’ access to material and online interactions that could be deemed harmful to children. The bill language contains vague terms that have been weaponized by extremist lawmakers to target the LGBTQ+ community. Sponsor is Sen. Garcia.

HB 757/SB 1780, SB 1086 (-)

The Defamation Censorship bills are part of Governor DeSantis's effort to chill any free speech that is critical of the government, punish the media, and reverse Supreme Court precedent. They make it easier to sue the media or members of the public over criticism of public officials and others. SB 1780 specifically makes claims of sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia "defamation per se'' that are presumed to be false and defamatory. It also reduces the evidence that a defendant can use to prove the allegation is true. Sponsor is Rep. Andrade and Sen. Brodeur.

SB 1752 (-)

The End Vote By Mail bill is a frontal assault on foundational democratic principles. It would end “no excuse” mail-in voting and dramatically limit vote-by-mail, which is a critical tool for Floridans to exercise their basic, personal rights. Sponsor is Sen. Ingoglia.

HB 335 (-)

Requiring 2/3rds Passage for Ballot Initiatives will make it harder for citizens to exercise direct control of the regulations that impact their daily lives. In conjunction with recently adopted limits on access to voting and other harsh restrictions on ballot initiatives, this takes decision-making further out of the public’s hands. Sponsor is Rep. Roth.

SB 160 (+)

With the recent passage of the federal Respect for Marriage Act, the Florida Legislature must now Repeal the Marriage Ban by deleting the outdated, patently unconstitutional statute that bans recognizing same-sex marriage. It devalues our hard-won marriage rights. 70% of Floridians who registered to vote since Nov. 2020 support protecting legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Sponsor is Sen. Polsky.

HB 1355/SB 1414 (+)

The Freedom to Learn Act undoes the harms inflicted on LGBTQ and minority students recently by the DeSantis Administration, while safeguarding academic freedom and ensuring that schools work to protect every student and respect every family. It would allow age-appropriate K-12 instruction on topics including gender identity and sexual orientation; permit the use of affirming titles and pronouns; ensure schools don’t forcibly out students when it could endanger their safety at home; keep more books on library shelves by narrowing who can submit an objection to instructional materials; and foster DEI initiatives on college campuses by allowing schools to financially support DEI programming and campus activities. Sponsors are Rep. Rayner and Sen. Davis.

HB 1283/SB 1404 (+)

The Health Care Freedom Act restores Floridians’ fundamental rights and freedoms to make their own personal healthcare decisions without political interference. This bill would repeal DeSantis’ unconstitutional 6- and 15-week abortion bans, while removing barriers to life-saving gender affirming care for adults and the penalties for healthcare workers providing care, and restoring the parents’ rights to make decisions about essential care for their transgender children. It would repeal the “License to Discriminate in Healthcare” that broadly allows any healthcare provider or insurer to refuse service because of their religious, ethical, or moral preferences. Sponsors are Rep. Eskamani and Sen. Jones.

HB 159/SB 1320 (+)

There have been tremendous advances in fighting HIV and AIDS, and the PrEP & PEP Access bill facilitates access to medications that are critical to preventing HIV transmission. The legislation recognizes scientific advances and allows people to take personal responsibility for their health, thereby improving public health and moving Florida toward ending the HIV epidemic. Sponsors are Rep. Franklin and Sen. Calatayud.

HB 111/SB34 (+)

The Abortion Penalty Exemption makes clear that draconian felony penalties for performing or participating in an abortion shall not apply to the pregnant Floridian who is terminating a pregnancy. Sponsors are Rep. Eskamani and Sen. Book.

SB 134 (+)

The Hate Crimes Law Expansion would amend existing hate crimes law so that crimes of prejudice based on gender, gender identity, or certain forms of disability are also considered hate crimes. Transgender women of color are disproportionately the victims of hate motivated violence. They deserve the full protection of law. Sponsor is Sen. Berman.

HB 137/SB 156 (+)

When an LGBTQ person is the victim of a crime, the “panic defense” shifts blame onto that person for the crime committed against them. Eliminating the Gay and Trans Panic Legal Defense would ensure that assailants cannot escape liability for harming or killing an LGBTQ person because the assailant claims a bogus fear about the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Florida should join the sixteen states that have already banned the panic defense. Sponsors are Rep. Harris and Sen. Book.

Pro-LGBTQ+ Laws

  • Protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system
  • State issues new birth certificate and does not require sex reassignment surgery nor court order in order to change gender marker
  • State law does not require publication of name change announcement
    • However, there are additional restrictions and/or requirements for individuals with a criminal record
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees
  • Hate crime law covering sexual orientation only
  • Statewide data collection includes LGBTQ+ adults and youth

Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws

  • The law prohibits changing gender markers on driver’s licenses
  • State bans transgender people from using bathrooms or facilities consistent with their gender identity
  • No recognition for parents using assisted reproduction
  • State law requires parental notification of LGBTQ+inclusive curricula and allows parents to opt children out
  • State law bans on best practice medical care for transgender youth
  • No private health insurance nondiscrimination laws
  • No ban on health insurance providers excluding coverage for transgender-specific care
  • No transgender inclusive health benefits for state employees
  • State law includes restrictions on drag performances
  • No adoption or foster care nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents
  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • State family leave policies do not include inclusive definitions of spouse/partner/parent/child
  • Hate crime law does not cover gender identity
  • Broad religious exemption law which weaponizes religion as justification for LGBTQ+ discrimination
  • No nondiscrimination or anti-bullying laws/policies covering LGBTQ+ students
  • State curriculum not required to be LGBTQ+ inclusive
  • State law censors discussions of LGBTQ+ people or issues in school (i.e., “Don’t Say Gay or Trans”)
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in credit/lending
  • No conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • State law prevents transgender students from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity
  • State criminalizes transmission of HIV
  • State law prevents transgender students from using school facilities consistent with their gender
  • State law bans schools and districts from passing LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination and/or anti-bullying policies
  • No gender-neutral options on driver’s license or birth certificate