Senate preps anti-drag show bill for passage despite apparent conflict with existing law

Legislation creating felony penalties for establishments that allow minors into adult shows with lewd content is nearing passage in the Florida Senate after receiving further criticism, including that the proposed changes are redundant and confusing.

Its sponsor, Jacksonville Republican Sen. Clay Yarborough, fielded questions from several Democratic colleagues about the bill’s intent, potential negative impacts, and conflict with existing state statutes.

Near the end of an hourlong discussion, he described the measure as “a good bill” and asked for their support.

Titled “Protection of Children,” the bill (SB 1438) would authorize state government officials within the Department of Business and Professional

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