It never pays to get too worked up over bills introduced for consideration in the Florida Legislature.
Because almost all of them die.
Of the 3,500 bills introduced this session only about 200 passed. Of course, 200 really bad bills can cause a lot of damage, which is why it is so crucial to monitor what our representatives and senators are up to.
This session, some of the bills that died include a measure to make coconut patties the official state candy and, less trivially, a bill that would have banned abortions if a fetal heartbeat could be detected.
Among bills that passed are pay raises for teachers and a requirement that girls under the age of 18 get parental consent before having an abortion.
The Associated Press compiled a list of the highlights.