Several amendments were filed today to adjust state Sen. Mike Fasano’s “Choose Life” bill, which aims to redirect funds made off the eponymous plates from state counties to Ocala’s Choose Life, Inc. #
“One amendment will ensure that funds collected will stay in Florida,” writes Greg Giordano, Fasano’s chief legislative aide. ”The second amendment will allow for agencies from adjacent counties to apply for funds if no agency within the county in which the funds are collected applies for said funds. And the third amendment will reduce Choose Life’s portion of the funds from 20 percent to 15 percent.” #
Another amendment was offered on March 17, in an effort to ensure that funds would fully meet the physical needs of pregnant women making adoption plans for their babies. According to Giordano, these latest amendments will even further ensure that funds go to supporting adoption in Florida, and came about as a result of concerns about the possible use of the funds. #
“These amendments will fulfill Senator Fasano’s commitment to the chair of the Transportation Committee and those members who expressed some concerns that were raised with the bill when it was heard in that committee,” writes Giordano. #
The bill will go to Senate Community Affairs on Monday. #
Read the three amendments here, here, and here (.pdf). #
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