The Ten Worst Bills On Their Way to Rick Scott's Desk This Year
|Departing Senate majority leader Mike Haridopolis has done one hellish job|
Here are the ten worst bills on their way to Rick Scott's desk:
10. Pastel Pets
For years, the only pink and yellow bunnies to be found in Florida were marshmallow peeps. Now, however, the Sunshine State is re-asserting its mastery over those poor, fluffy, little bastards. An amendment to a bill on honeybees will allow pet owners to die their animal companions whatever color they want. "We neuter dogs without their permission. I've never asked my poodle if he wanted a hair cut," Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff said.
9. No More Handcuffing Pregnant Inmates During Childbirth
Legislation passed by both houses would bar female inmates from being restrained during childbirth. Sounds great, but state correctional facilities say that they never do this. Of course, this being Florida, jailers can still 'cuff their pregnant prisoners if they deem them a "security risk."
|If you work for the state of Florida, Rick Scott wants to screen your pee|
After refusing to pee in a cup for the Daily Show, Rick Scott is still all for drug testing his state employees. Bills in both the House and Senate allowing state agencies to screen their workers every three months still have an outside chance at passing.
7.Fast Tracking Deep Dredges
For a state as reliant on environmental tourism as ours, you'd think that more thought -- not less -- would be put into whether or not to deep dredge Florida's ports. But an amendment snuck into a stormwater management bill mandates that judges have only 30 days to weigh the merits of such momentous projects.
6. Teaching 9/11
For ten years, politicians have been telling us to "never forget 9/11." Now we have no choice. Florida Senate bill 1422 requires teachers to instruct their students about the terrorist attacks. An amendment to also require high schoolers to learn about the Civil Rights movement did not pass because, apparently, that would be Big Brother-ish.