Constitution Revision Commission (CRC)
Every 20 years the state of Florida reviews the Florida State Constitution. For the 2018, there are 37 Commissioners, mostly appointed by the Governor. Why is this important to NOW members? In the ConstitutionArticle 1, Declaration of Rights, has been protecting our right to have an abortion in Florida and have privacy in our reproductive life. Many of the commissioners would like to change our privacy rights. In order to change the FL Constitution, the commissioners must ask the public for input, write up an amendment, place it on the ballot and the public will vote for/against in November 2018. The problem is that the wording may not be simple and people need to be educated about what the amendment actually means. Keep an eye on the CRC, click on their website, flcrc.gov
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Legislative bills 2018
OPPOSE HB 41 – Toledo / Pregnancy support and wellness centers
Requires DOH to contract with not for profit statewide organizations to provide pregnancy support & wellness services through subcontractors. Subcontract only with providers that exclusively promote and support childbirth.
FLNOW wants women to be presented with the full range of reproductive health care, including contraception and safe sex.
SUPPORT HB 71 – Baez, Edwards, Berman, Mercado / Marriage Licenses
Deletes exception for persons under age 18 or age to be issued marriage licenses.
FLNOW supports this Marry@18 Bill / No Exceptions, we need to stop child marriage in Florida.
SUPPORT HB 101 – Baez / Assault on Health Care Providers
Health Care Providers are included in protected jobs, such as fire fighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians…
FLNOW supports Health Care Providers included in protected jobs category.
SUPPORT HRC 103 – Baez / Equal Rights Amendment
Equality of rights under the law shall not be
denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
FLNOW supports the ERA.
SUPPORT SB 140 – Benacquisto, Simpson, Book, Hutson, Perry / Marriage of Minors
Prohibiting marriage of minors, no marriage under 18 / no exceptions
This is the FL Senate companion bill to HB 71.
FLNOW wants to outlaw child marriage in Florida.
OPPOSE SB 208 – Campbell / Marriage of Minors
Prohibiting minors marrying, except for pregnancy, minors can marry at 16
FLNOW wants only people 18 and older marrying.
Teenage mothers who marry before childbirth are less likely to return to school than teenage mothers who do not marry.
Minors cannot enter into any contracts, why should they be able to marry?
SUPPORT SB 138 – Book / Florida Families First Act – Perinatal Mental Health
DOH to create public service announcements to educate the public on perinatal mental health care and establishing a hotline providing information about perinatal and postpartum health.
FLNOW recognizes that more public education is needed on perinatal / postpartum issues.
SUPPORT SB 130 Farmer / Marriage Equality
Removing prohibition on recognition of marriages entered between persons of the same sex.
Removing marriage definition of a legal union between one man and one woman.
FLNOW applauds removing “one man / one woman” from the marriage statute and replacing “husband / wife” with “spouse”.