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Jason Brodeur says it’s time to call a truce on gay adoption controversy

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On Thursday, the Florida House passed Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur’s controversial  “conscience protection” bill. The legislation would allow private adoption agencies whose “written religious or moral convictions” do not permit children in their care to be adopted by gays or lesbians to refuse to make such placements. The agencies would not face the possibility of losing their licenses or state funding. In the lead-up to the vote, Brandon Republican Ross Spano and Ocala Rep. Dennis Baxley spoke passionately in support of the…

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Bill Day’s latest: Love, marriage and denied adoption for gays

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First comes love … then comes marriage … but with the Florida House, no baby carriage exists for same-sex couples. Bill Day sharpens his gaze today on a bill passed Thursday by the House, which allows private adoption agencies the option to turn away gay couples, either on religious or moral grounds. The measure was in response to a bill the House passed last month removing a gay adoption ban – rarely enforced — out of state law. Passed by a 75-38 vote, the law…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.10.15 — A lollapalooza of tax cuts for everyone in Florida

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Today kicks off the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif., about 20 minutes west of Palm Springs near the Coachella Valley, one of the worst, hard-hit drought-stricken regions of the Golden State. I’ve attended five such spectacles (2009-2013), and if you’re into music, it’s an amazing amount of fun — and also a bit of work, unless you’re used to standing for at least 10 hours straight in stifling hot weather for three consecutive days. Here in Tallahassee, the first-ever…

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Florida House approves law to allow private agencies to turn away gay couples from adopting

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The Florida House on Thursday passed a measure that would let private agencies that cite religious or moral grounds to turn away gay couples seeking to adopt children. By a 75-38 vote, HB 7111, sponsored by Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur, was passed. Brodeur proposed the legislation only after the House voted last month to repeal the state’s 38-year-old ban on same-sex adoptions from state statute, though gay adoption has been legal since the courts ruled the ban unconstitutional back in 2010. The…

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House will tackle certificate of need, malpractice in 2016, Jason Brodeur says

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At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the 2015 session for his committee, House Health & Human Services Committee Chairman Jason Brodeur dropped a bomb and announced that the chamber would next year tackle some of the thorniest issues in health care: certificate of need (CON), insurance mandates and medical malpractice. The news puts most healthcare professionals and their respective lobbyists on notice that 2016 will be a bumpy ride. Certificate of need is a regulatory process to control the costs of…

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Florida House moves ‘conscience protection’ bill forward

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The Florida House today passed a controversial bill that its sponsor says would protect the religious rights of private adoption agencies, but Democrats, LGBT activists and others say gives those agencies carte blanche to discriminate against same-sex couples. Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur’s bill emerged in the past month, immediately after the House passed a measure that repealed the ban on gay adoption from state statute. Gay couples have been allowed to adopt since the 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled…

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House committee passes bill to allow private adoption agencies to deny gay adoption

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The Florida House Judiciary Committee today passed a controversial “conscience protection” bill (HB 7111) that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse child placements with gay couples. Conscience protection legislation grants a person or an entity the ability to refuse to perform an otherwise required duty, because the individual or entity violates their religious or moral conviction, explained the bill’s sponsor, Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur. Brodeur maintained that the bill was not proposed (in the middle of the legislative session)…

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