Iguanas, nude beaches on Florida lawmakers’ agenda next week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay. But also on the agenda entering the second week of session are measures banning iguana breeding, protecting nude sunbathers, making shelter animals the official state pet, banning sunscreen bans and giving hunters a sales tax break on guns and ammo. The full Senate is going to take up a bill that would ban local governments from banning sunscreens, while a House committee takes up their version of the bill. The legislation is a reaction to Key West banning the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, which some researchers say can harm coral reefs. Republican Sen. Rob Bradley is sponsoring the legislation and says the research isn’t proven and that the people who live, work and visit the Sunshine State should use sunscreen. “That science is lacking in rigor,” Bradley said. “What science is clear and indisputable about is the case around using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer." Environmentalist argue that there are other sunscreens available that do not contain the products believed to harm coral and places like Key West should be able to take steps to protect the reefs that drive tourism and are critical to their environment. Sunscreen use also might be wise for folks making use of Florida’s nude beaches, and a Senate committee is going to make sure people on those beaches are protected in another way. Democratic Sen. Jason Pizzo has a bill that would exempt people on clothing-optional beaches from being prosecuted under a law that prohibits people from exposing their genitals in public. A…

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Iguanas, nude beaches on agenda for Florida lawmakers next…

The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay.

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