Legislation giving houses of worship the right to keep their doors open during a state of emergency is ready for the full Senate’s consideration.
The bill (SB 254) on Thursday passed out of its second and final Senate committee nearly unanimously, as most lawmakers agreed religious institutions should be considered “essential services.” Lake Mary Republican Sen. Jason Brodeur explained to the Senate Rules Committee that the importance of houses of worship was one takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Basically, if Target and Publix are open, so too should be the religious institution,” Brodeur said.
Under Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida was one of a dozen states to deem houses of worship essentia...