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Florida Legislative Update

By: Roxanna Ayers, Ayers Consulting Group

Senate Bill S0098
Employment Discrimination Bill
Status: Failed, May 1 2015
Summary: S0098 was introduced to create the Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act. Bill also created a Governor’s Recognition Award for Pay Equity in the Workplace. The bill died in Commerce and Tourism committee.

House Bill H0025
Employment Discrimination Bill
Status: Failed, April 28 2015
Summary: Bill introduced to create the Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act. Bill also created a Governor’s Recognition Award for Pay Equity in the Workplace. The bill died in Economic Development and Tourism subcommittee.

Senate Bill S0292
Small Business Financial Assistance
Status: Failed, May 1 2015
Summary: Creating the Veterans Employment Small Business Grant Program within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; specifying grant amounts; providing that a small business may not receive an additional award for rehiring a veteran previously claimed as an employee for purposes of obtaining funds under the program; and requiring the corporation to notify the appropriate regional small business center of a small business’s participation. Died in Appropriations.

Senate Bill S1658
National Association of Women Business Owner’s Day Bill
Status: Passed, April 23 2015
Summary: Bill officially recognized April 23, 2015 as National Association of Women Business Owner’s Day.

Senate Bill S2510
Florida Business Information Portal Bill
Status: Failed, May 1 2015
Summary: Establishing the Florida Business Information Portal within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; authorizing the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to contract for services to develop the portal; and repealing provisions relating to the One-Stop Business Registration Portal Clearing Trust Fund. Died in returning messages.

Senate Bill S0088
Equal Rights for Men and Women Bill
Status: Failed, May 1 2015
Summary: Bill to ratify a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution relating to equal rights for men and women. Bill died in Judiciary.

House Bill H8001
Equal Rights for Men and Women Bill
Status: Failed, April 28 2015
Summary: Bill to ratify a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution relating to equal rights for men and women. Bill died in Local and Federal Affairs committee.