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Highlights of Fla. Senate action Thursday

The Senate on Thursday:

♦ Approved a bill (SB 132) that creates three new specialty license plates despite the Legislature’s self-imposed ban on creating new tags.

The vote was 36-1, with Senate President-designate Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, the only ‘no’ vote.

The plates would benefit Keiser University, Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center.

The bill heads next to the House.

♦ Passed a bill (HB 7029) that prohibits students from being disciplined for pretend gunplay or wearing clothes with pictures of firearms.

The measure was nicknamed the “Pop-Tart bill” after an incident in which a 7-year-old Maryland boy was suspended from school for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a pistol.

The vote was 32-6, with only Democrats voting against it. That bill heads to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.

♦ Approved a bill (SB 1190) that creates a form of alternative dispute resolution in divorces.

The “Collaborative Law Act” provides a non-judicial way to determine alimony, property distribution, and child custody, support and visitation issues.

The proposed law’s catch is that if the parties come to an impasse and are represented by attorneys, those lawyers are disqualified and their clients have to start over with new counsel.

“The disqualification provision thus creates incentives for parties and

collaborative lawyers to settle,” a staff analysis explained.

The bill was OK’d 38-0 and sent to the House.