TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate is ready to take a stand: Having sex with animals is wrong.
Since 2008, the Senate has tried to make bestiality illegal. But for some reason the Florida House has decided to allow the practice to continue without the threat of punishment.
The legislation was proposed after a suspect accidentally strangled a goat named Meg during intercourse. When Sen. Nan Rich heard of the "disgusting" case, she tried to ban sex with animals, but always had trouble in the House.
The full Senate debates the bill today, though little will likely be said. It's also taking up a more pressing crime-and-punishment issue: a measure allowing former felons the right to more easily obtain certain professional licenses so they can get jobs as roofers, barbers or beauticians.
In the House, the war on trial lawyers and unions is in full effect.
Rep. Chris Dorworth's bill to stop unions from getting a cut of state worker paychecks is up for a debate on the House floor, while in the House Health and Human Access Subcommittee, a measure limiting lawsuits has the trial-lawyer lobby up in arms.
The House also plans to start overriding former Gov. Charlie Crist's veto of an agricultural bill as well as legislation that allowed top legislators to more openly raise and spend money through the political parties.