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Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book on Tax Break for Diapers & Incontinence Products: “This Tax Relief Will Go a Long Way”

Lauren Book

From the press office of Florida Senate Democrats:

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, in response to the Governor signing HB 7063: Taxation, which includes a permanent tax exemption for diapers and incontinence products, Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book (D-Davie) shared this statement:

“After years of fighting for Florida families, we made history last year by eliminating sales tax on diapers for one year. A true difference- maker for families with young kids across our state — because we know that they deserve relief from rising costs, and because we know that essential health and hygiene items should not be taxed. Period.

This was an incredible start — but we knew we needed to do more to provide permanent relief — not only for those families with young children, but to also ensure incontinence products for people of all ages are included, too.

I have been working on this since my very first session, when my own kids were in diapers. President Passidomo presented the bill for me during a committee week when I was on maternity leave. And now, here we are — after years and years of fighting, I could not be more proud of our bipartisan work to bring Floridians real, permanent tax relief for baby diapers AND incontinence products for Floridians of all ages.

Florida families should not be forced to choose between filling up their gas tank, putting food on the table, or buying needed diapers. This tax relief will go a long way to help those who need it most.”

FL Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book Responds to Human Trafficking Legislation Signed into Law By Governor Ron DeSantis

Lauren Book

From the press office of Florida Senate Democrats:

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the Governor signed several human trafficking bills that passed unanimously in both the Florida House and Senate, including SB 1690, which holds hotels more accountable for violating human trafficking policies and laws. Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book (D-Davie) shared the following statement:

“I am proud of our bipartisan work to combat the horrific realities of human trafficking, a crime which takes place hidden in plain sight in every single community across the state. 

With the help of Senators Ingoglia and Garcia, we have now closed loopholes in Florida law that have allowed hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments to avoid paying fines for noncompliance with signage and training requirements designed to help combat this horrific crime. 

Fines collected will now fund services to help survivors through Florida’s human trafficking Direct Support Organization, which I was proud to help create in 2019. We must all do our part, — including and especially lodging business owners, whose establishments are often used as scenes of this crime — to ensure awareness and action.”

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