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Florida lawmakers declare porn a public health risk

23 February 2018

On Tuesday, the Florida state House opened its session with a prayer for the 17 victims of last week's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

About 100 survivors from the high school traveled 450 miles from Parkland to the state capital to speak to legislators Wednesday. The bill ― which calls for improved "education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography" - was approved by a voice vote, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

In that same session, lawmakers supported a bill that declares pornography a public health risk.

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There is a Senate version of the bill, the newspaper reports, though it "also has not been heard in committees".

According to the bill, which was spearheaded in the House by Representative Ross Spano, there are links between pornography and 'mental and physical illnesses'.

"To the young people getting woke to the politics of gun control, here's the reality: The old farts who are elected to office don't give a damn because you don't vote", tweeted Michael McDonald, a University of Florida demographer and nationally known voter turnout expert.

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Men and women elected to serve the people of Florida sat in front of children who spent hours cowering in classrooms and closets, not knowing if they would ever see their families again, children who've had to bury best friends and cherished teachers, and had the audacity to tell them their concerns weren't even worth discussing. "We are not forgetting this come Midterm Elections - the Anger that I feel right now is indescribable". Smith, who represents Orlando, responded angrily following the vote.

For Mr Guillermo-Smith, the relative silence regarding the assault weapons ban is nothing new.

"The reality is that, while these students were stunned and horrified that Republicans refused to debate a ban on assault weapons while they were in the chamber, these students understand that they are in for a long, hard fight to keep our communities safe from gun violence", Mr Guillermo-Smith said.

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House Representative Kionne McGhee attempted a move to push the bill onto the floor for discussion ahead of schedule yesterday.

Florida lawmakers declare porn a public health risk