The FL Child Custody Center for Gender-Affirming Care Act

On Monday, the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee discussed Senate Bill 254 for the first time. The proposed legislation would grant courts “temporary emergency jurisdiction over children in that state if they are at risk of issuing or undergoing gender reassignment regulations or procedures,” also known as gender reassignment care. Republican state senator Clay Yarborough from Jacksonville explained why he submitted the proposal. “We want to let kids be kids in Florida. The overall goal of the bill is to protect our state’s children,” Yarborough said at Monday’s hearing. In a press release earlier this month, Yarborough said, “As lawmakers, we need to draw a line when drastic, life-changing therapies and surgeries for gender dysphoria maim young children.” SB 254 would also need licensed facilities to confirm that patients under the age of 18 don’t have such offer treatments. Persons who violate the legislation could be prosecuted. “This is an outrageous assault on parenting rights,” said Brandon Wolf, a spokesman for Equality Florida. Wolf spoke out against the law at a press conference on Monday. “We are here to oppose their transphobic hate legislation,” he said. He also commented on SB 254 in an interview with WESH 2 News. “Parents have the right to take their children to the doctor for advice from a medical expert and to receive the best possible care for their children. This law seeks to take away those rights,” he said. “It would, as it is written today, impose criminal penalties on the parents and the doctor and possibly anyone else who helps assist a transgender young person to access the healthcare provided by all major medical organizations in the country At Monday’s hearing, Yarborough filed a proposal for a replacement committee that would give Florida courts jurisdiction to “enter, vary or stay a custody order for a child located in that state to the extent that.” this is necessary to protect the child from sex reassignment regulations or procedures in another state.” The senators addressed the concerns of the families at the hearing. “There’s a lot of fear, a lot of fear, and we’ve talked about that fear from families who think the state of Florida is taking their kids, that someone is going to lose access to their kids, which is scary,” said Senator Lauren Book of the democratic state. Yarborough answered. “It doesn’t mean you can host. Some have suggested “kidnapping”. That is not true. You can’t break an existing custody agreement because then you’re breaking the law,” he said. “But it means you could go to a Florida court and ask that it be considered.” Wolf called the suggestion a egregious assault on parents’ rights. “It’s an incredibly dangerous bill designed to upend families, break custody agreements and ultimately deprive parents of the right to seek the best healthcare for their children,” he said. WESH 2 News requested an interview with the bill’s sponsors Monday morning, but has yet to receive a response. Wolf also spoke out against House Bill 1421. The proposed law would ban “underage gender-based clinical procedures” and strip doctors of their licenses if they violate it. The bill would also prohibit changing a person’s biological sex on their birth certificate. Republican State Assemblyman Randy Fine of Brevard County introduced the bill. “We believe in science and in God, and there’s X chromosomes, and there’s Y chromosomes, and that’s science, and that’s biology. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about it. And so we’re saying that the way you were born will be reflected on your birth certificate,” Fine said. HB 1421 would also prohibit health insurers from providing coverage for treatment. “I believe if an adult wants to mutilate their body or try to be someone else, they should be able to do it. You shouldn’t be able to make other people pay for it,” Fine said. “This is an elective surgery. You are free if you are an adult but you have to pay your own freight. You won’t be able to ask other people to pay for it.” Wolf said the proposal was not about protecting children or parental rights. “This law is a ban on transgender people living authentically as themselves,” he said. “It was always about erasing trans people from society. And this bill seeks to do that by stripping them of their very basic fundamental right to have control over their own birth certificate, to determine how the state views them, views them and respects their identity.” HB 1421 is on committee .Top Headlines: MPs: 3 teenagers shot, injured in Orange County1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Brevard County shooting FHP: 1 killed, 2 seriously injured in Volusia County crash

On Monday, the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee discussed Senate Bill 254 for the first time.

The proposed legislation would grant courts “temporary emergency jurisdiction over children in that state if they are at risk of issuing or undergoing gender reassignment regulations or procedures,” also known as gender reassignment care.

Republican state senator Clay Yarborough from Jacksonville explained why he submitted the proposal.

“We want to let kids be kids in Florida. The overall goal of the bill is to protect our state’s children,” Yarborough said at Monday’s hearing.

In a press release earlier this month, Yarborough said, “As lawmakers, we need to draw a line when drastic, life-changing therapies and surgeries for gender dysphoria maim young children.”

SB 254 would also require licensed facilities to certify that they do not provide such treatments to patients under the age of 18. Persons who violate the legislation could be prosecuted.

“This is an outrageous assault on parenting rights,” said Brandon Wolf, a spokesman for Equality Florida.

Wolf spoke out against the law at a press conference on Monday.

“We are here to oppose their transphobic hate legislation,” he said.

He also commented on SB 254 in an interview with WESH 2 News.

“Parents have the right to take their children to the doctor for advice from a medical expert and to receive the best possible care for their children. This law seeks to take away those rights,” he said. “It would, as it is written today, impose criminal penalties on the parents and the doctor and possibly anyone else who helps assist a transgender young person to access the healthcare provided by all major medical organizations in the country supported.”

Ahead of Monday’s hearing, Yarborough filed a proposal for a replacement panel that would give the Florida courts jurisdiction “to enter, vary or stay a custody order relating to a child present in that state to the extent necessary to protect the child from sex. Promotion regulations or procedures in another state.”

Senators addressed the families’ concerns at the hearing.

“There’s a lot of fear, a lot of fear, and we’ve talked about that fear from families who think the state of Florida is taking their kids, that someone is going to lose access to their kids, which is scary,” said Senator Lauren Book of the democratic state.

Yarborough answered.

“It doesn’t mean you can host. Some have suggested “kidnapping”. That is not true. You can’t break an existing custody agreement because then you’re breaking the law,” he said. “But what it means is you can go to the Florida court and ask that it be considered.”

Wolf called the proposal a tremendous attack on parental rights.

“It’s an incredibly dangerous bill designed to upend families, break custody agreements and ultimately deprive parents of the right to seek the best healthcare for their children,” he said.

WESH 2 News requested an interview with the bill’s sponsors Monday morning, but has yet to receive a response.

Wolf also spoke out against House Bill 1421. The proposed law would ban “gender-specific clinical interventions on minors” and would strip physicians of their licenses if they violate it.

The bill would also prohibit changing a person’s biological sex on their birth certificate.

Republican State Assemblyman Randy Fine of Brevard County introduced the bill.

“We believe in science and in God, and there’s X chromosomes, and there’s Y chromosomes, and that’s science, and that’s biology. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about it. And so we’re saying that the way you were born will be reflected on your birth certificate,” Fine said.

HB 1421 would also prohibit health insurers from providing coverage for treatment.

“I believe if an adult wants to mutilate their body or try to be someone else, they should be able to do it. You shouldn’t be able to make other people pay for it,” Fine said. “This is an elective surgery. You are free if you are an adult, but you have to pay your own freight. You won’t be able to ask other people to pay for it.”

Wolf said the proposal is not about protecting children or parental rights.

“This law is a ban on transgender people living authentically as themselves,” he said. “It was always about erasing trans people from society. And this bill seeks to do that by depriving them of the very basic fundamental right to have control over their own birth certificate, to determine how the state views them, views them and respects their identity.”

HB 1421 is on committee.

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