Fla. Senate Tackles Controversial Issues

They may be loud, powerful, even deadly, but Thursday the republican-led Senate made it clear guns are also deeply private. The chamber approved a bill that would prevent doctors from asking their patients if they own a gun.

“It's going to say to the doctor, 'if it's medically necessary, then you may inquire, but otherwise, stay out of the private business of your patient’,” said Sen. Alan Hays, R – Umatilla.

Gun rights advocates say the bill protects their second amendment rights, but pediatricians like Louis St. Petery say if he can't ask about guns there's no way to have a frank discussion about teens, suicide, and gun safety.

“I think many physicians will feel very uncomfortable, and unfortunately, the outcome of that's going to be that more children will be injured or die,” said St. Petery.

“We all live on top of Swiss cheese!”

Another big issue - sinkhole insurance. The Senate passed legislation that would allow insurance companies to drop sinkhole coverage. Industry leaders say it's necessary because they've had so many fraudulent claims.

“The most expensive policy that you can get is a policy with a company that can't pay your claim,” said Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples.
Finally, the Senate's also signed off on two republican abortion bills already approved by the House.
One would ban insurance policies offered under the new federal health care law from covering abortion.
And the other will now become an amendment on your 2012 ballot to ban all public abortion funding.

Friday the state House takes up a package of contentious GOP school choice bills. Critics say they would only deplete public school resources at a time when money is especially tight.

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