This Week in Session

SB 52 (Use of Wireless Communications While Driving), co-sponsored by Senator Sachs, was passed by the Senate.

This bill will make it illegal to text while driving in the state of Florida.

Senator Sachs commented at the passing of the bill, “I support this bill, however I would really like to see texting while driving become a primary offense, rather than a secondary offense.  This bill is a positive first step towards the law we actually need to protect our state from the dangers of distracted driving.”


An example below of the baby chicks dyed colors portrays what Senator Sachs’ bill seeks to ban because of animal cruelty issues

Colored Ch

SB 650 (Artificial Coloring of Animals) was read on the Senate Floor and any questions were asked and answered. The bill is now scheduled for a vote in the Senate during the session on Wednesday, April 24.

Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, & Economic Development

SB 884 (Veterans License Plate) – The bill increases the percent of revenue collected from the cost of Florida Salutes Veterans license plates given to Florida Veterans’ Foundation on behalf of Florida Veterans.  It also eliminates the expiration date of the provision contained in current law.  Florida Salutes Veterans

The bill was voted passed its third committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. The bill will now head to its final committee, the Appropriations Committee.  Senator Sachs always sponsors legislation on behalf of the 1.5 million veterans living in Florida.

 Appropriations Committee

SB 370 (Body Parts) – This bill assures that unclaimed body parts are not sold without proper family authorization and that the bodies deceased veterans will not be held indefinitely at funeral homes, so that they can receive a proper military burial.  It has already received favorable votes in the Regulated Industries, Health Policy, and Judiciary Committees.  This bill will go through its last committee stop this week in the Appropriations Committee.