1. Fetal Heartbeat Bill (SB 792) (HB 235)
Introduced by Sen. Dennis Baxley, this proposal would make it a felony for any person who “knowingly or purposefully performs or induces an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of the unborn human being whose fetal heartbeat has been detected.
Similar measures have passed in Georgia and Ohio. The bill is currently in political purgatory with only three weeks remaining. A companion bill was introduced by Representative Mike Hill. It has yet to see a vote.
Both legislators are committed to moving each bill forward, holding a press conference last month to advocate for the bills.
2. Banning Sanctuary Cities (SB 168)
Sen. Joe Gruters' top priority this session, this measure is without question the legislative session’s most politically charged fights. If successful, the bill would ban sanctuary cities and give Attorney General Ashley Moody authority to take action against local governments who fail to comply.
The bill is on the Rules Committee's agenda for April 17.
3. Assignment of Benefits (HB 7605) (SB 122)
Recently approved in the House by a 96-20 vote last Thursday, Representative Bob Rommel's proposal -- known universally at the Capitol as AOB -- would restrict attorney fees in such cases and allow insurers to sell policies that would not be subject to assignment of benefits.
Sen. Doug Broxson's version of bill is set for a hearing this week (4/17).
Controversial in years past, the House and Senate will have to agree on a compromise before session ends on May 3 for it to move forward.
4. Guardian Program (SB 7030)
Approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, this is a rewrite of the original proposal that gives more flexibility to school districts that want to participate in the controversial guardian program.
The measure is now heading to the Senate as the annual legislative session comes to a close. If successful, the school safety bill would include allowing classroom teachers to serve as armed school “guardians.”
Senate President Bill Galvano's infrastructure overhaul.
House and Senate agreeing on a proposed buget.