Florida legislators wrap up a contentious session leaving the LGBTQ community relatively unscathed

By : Billy Manes
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Sine Die, they call it, the antiquated drop of the hanky to end the legislative session in Florida. On May 8, the bicameral bluster in Tallahassee came to an end following the approval of an $83 billion state budget that will siphon more taxpayer dollars to charter schools, and, remarkably, pull some power away from the state’s tourism driver, Visit Orlando. Those were the big headlines.

And while LGBTQ issues made their way around committees and lobbies, Equality Florida was there to fight back on some of the social issues.

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Florida House adjourns early, “bathroom bill” officially dead

By : Staff Report
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The Florida House of Representatives adjourned its annual session on April 21, three days ahead of the scheduled end date.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R) thanked the state representatives for their “patience as we work through a really incredibly unusual session” before declaring Sine Die.

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Rep. Saunders stands up for LGBT vets

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On the opening day of Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session, State Representative Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) grabbed an opportunity to stand up for LGBT veterans.

The House was debating HB 7015, a bill addressing veteran and service member support, specifically how to support the families of military members.

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