TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A bill that could potentially impact what your child learns in school – or the training you receive at work – is moving forward in the Florida Senate's education committee.
The sponsor of Senate Bill 148 says it aims to prevent discrimination at school and in the workplace. But, critics say it's going to give more people leverage to sue employers and chill discussions in the classroom about race and gender.
Democratic State Sen. Tina Scott Polsky of Boca Raton wonders if this bill is turning the legislature into “the thought police.”
“Now we're telling a company if they want to teach anti-discrimination, they want to teach diversity, they want to teach unconscious bias which is a course in the Florida Senate that they are potentially creating a cause of action from a disgruntled employee,” Polsky told the committee.
The bill's sponsor says the bill is about protecting individual freedom.
“The aim of this is to clearly have those discussions, to talk about the tough conversations and have it done in a manner where there's an open dialogue," sponsor Republican State Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr. of Hialeah Gardens said.
Supporters say they want to see SB 148 more closely resemble Oklahoma and Iowa's legislation. Florida groups that are opposed to the bill include the NAACP, Florida PTA, ACLU of Florida and Equality Florida. We've posted a link to the bill here.