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Lewd and lascivious? Senate panel eyes living-in-sin ban

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Shacking up in Florida can cost you.

Living in sin is a crime that, if found guilty of, can show up on an employment background screening and can be used in civil cases involving child custody.

Unmarried cohabitation has been in the state’s lewd and lascivious laws since the 1860s. The crime was included in the state’s Level II screening background laws initially passed in 1995. It was picked up in child protection laws passed in 2007 and grandparent visitation rights initially passed in 1990.

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up the ban on living together, SB 1078, filed by state Sen. Eleanor Sobel, on March 16.  Similar bills have been filed by state Reps. Michele Rehwinkle Vasalinda and Richard Stark.

Neither has been referred to committee.


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