Keith Connors

Weekdays 10a-3p

Senator pumps brakes on banning Florida dogs from car windows. I do take Peanut Butter and Ollie to the dog park at the beach (its 3 miles where the speed limit is 30mph) and they do love the ride as much as the park itself. We pass kids riding in golf carts by the way. I use a seat cover that comes up the doors with padding and prevents them from putting paws up or hanging out too far.

I get it. Animal welfare is an issue that has gained significant attention in recent years, and legislators are taking note. In Florida, Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, filed a 23-page animal welfare bill that covers a wide range of issues. While some of the provisions have garnered support, one sentence in particular has caused controversy.

The clause in question bans Floridians from allowing a dog to extend any body part outside a motor vehicle window while the person is operating the vehicle. Book’s office received a flood of negative feedback about this provision, with some comparing her to the Disney villain Cruella de Vil. Book has since decided to scrap the clause, but the incident raises a larger question about what makes a bill doomed to fail.

As we approach the start of the 2023 legislative session in Florida, some interesting ideas have been proposed that are likely long shots to succeed. Some of these ideas have been filed many times over the years, while others have been the subject of controversy for nearly a quarter of a century.

Yep, proposing a bill is just the beginning of a long and difficult process. Legislators must prioritize which bills they will focus on, and bills that are not prioritized by House speakers, Senate presidents, or the governor are less likely to succeed. While some long shot ideas may generate controversy and attention, they may ultimately fail to become law. TBT