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MIAMI-Today, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida's premier human rights and social justice organization announced its 2012 legislative victories with the passage of the Religious Equality (Freedom to Pray) bill and a Resolution Supporting the Nation of Israel.


Here are the two Christian Family Coalition (CFC) legislative priorities passed:


CS/SB 98 - House Sponsor Charles Van Zant (R) - Religious Equality (Freedom to Pray) bill allows students to share an inspirational message, which may or may not include a prayer, during school assemblies.  The CFC successfully lobbied and built support for this proposal during its 2012 Day at the Capitol, as a direct result of our efforts we identified twenty-three (23) supporters, among them ten (10) became co-sponsors!


The vote:At exactly one minute before NOON, the Florida House made history by passing the Religious Equality (Freedom to Pray) bill by a bipartisan vote of 88-27. The Religious Equality bill now awaits the Governor's signature. 


SR 1396/HR 1447 - House Sponsor Scott Plakon (R) - A resolution Commending the nation of Israel for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and with the State of Florida, etc. The CFC identified twenty-two (22) supporters for this historic resolution, among them thirteen (13) co-sponsors during its 2012 Day at the Capitol.

The voteThis resolution was adopted by the Florida House on the evening of Wednesday, February 29th. 


CS/HB 277 - Senate Sponsor Anitere Flores (R)/House Sponsor Rachel Burgin (R) - women's rights bill allows all women in Florida a 24-hour waiting period before deciding whether or not to get an abortion and furthermore, will extend full legal protection to unborn children who survive an attempted abortion.  Although the bill passed the full House and the Senate Health Regulation Committee, it died in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, after a vote in the Senate to withdraw the bill from committee to the floor for consideration, failed.  A two-thirds was needed (26) and only (23) senators supported the motion, although it died for the current session, Senator Flores committed to sponsor next year.