|2011 Statewide Legislative Scorecard|
The Christian community has made unprecedented progress in the Florida state legislature over the years; we have a pro-life, pro-family majority in both the State House and State Senate. For the first time, the Florida state legislature passed all four (4) Christian Family Coalition (CFC) bills on our 2011 Pro-Family Agenda.
In just our first attempt, Florida became the fifth state and only the third this year, 2011, following Idaho and Montana, to pass a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to propose to the states for ratification the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Since the passage of the federal healthcare plan in 2010, six states have passed legislation prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion. Florida will soon become the seventh, as the state legislature sent a proposed resolution (statewide constitutional amendment) to voters for approval on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, during the U.S. Presidential elections which will prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion.
During the 2010 statewide legislative session, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC) lobbied and built grassroots support for strengthening Florida's parental notification bill, recruiting nearly two-dozen co-sponsors in the State House and Senate. Although the bill died in committee last year, this year the bill was approved by a bipartisan majority in both the house and senate.
The progress made in the 2011 Florida Statewide Legislature provides critical building blocks as we keep educating members of state legislature on fair-minded, common-sense, pro-family bills.
These accomplishments would not have been possible without the strong support of the House and Senate leadership as well as key sponsors who worked tirelessly to push for the strongest possible legislation and to educate other members of state legislature. They are: Representatives, Marti Coley, Dennis Baxley, Liz Porter and Kelli Stargel and Senators, Anitere Flores, Alan Hays, and Kelli Stargel. Without their persistent efforts, we could not have achieved so much.
The future looks bright. Working together, using tools like this scorecard, we can build the support needed to advance our broad and diverse agenda.
Founder and Executive Director, Christian Family Coalition (CFC)