"Socially Conservative Bills Stall in Florida Senate"


That's the headline on this Miami Herald article, which posits that the Theocon Agenda is taking a back seat to the economic crisis:

Legislation that would open the door to school prayer and discouraging teaching evolution has been declared dead. Prospects don't look good for a proposal to require ultrasounds for first-trimester abortions. Same goes for a bill to make marriage licenses more expensive for couples who don't take a premarriage education course.

Conservative Republicans' hallmark legislation, some from sessions past, is stagnating this session [..]

This session, with the state facing a $3 billion deficit, the bulk of political efforts are being spent on the budget and debates between the House and Senate about how to balance cuts with new revenues from such things as a cigarette tax and expanded gambling.

Whole thing here; hat tip to Lou Villadsen.