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Every spring, they pour into Tallahassee like a gaggle of clowns falling out of a tiny car, except much less funny and far more harmful to Florida's residents. They're members of the Florida House of Representatives, and as 2013's legislative session opens this week, they're set to wreak havoc on the Sunshine State yet again.
As a service to our readers, we've combed through more than 500 bills already filed to find the best, the worst, and the weirdest in this session:
The gist: Legalizes larger containers of wine
Our take: Sometimes a box of Merlot just isn't enough. Introducing: WineTubz™
Bill: "Protest Activities," sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney
The gist: Prohibits protests within a set distance of funerals and memorial services
Our take: Suck it, Westboro Baptist Church!
Bill: "American Founders' Month," by Rep. Michael Bileca
The gist: Designates September as "American Founders' Month"
Our take: How come no one ever talks about those awesome white guys who founded our country? If only we had a day to honor the Pilgrims by eating some turkey, or maybe another day to remember Christopher Columbus.
Bill: "Public School Buses" by Rep. Irv Slosberg
The gist: Allows advertising on public school buses
Our take: "Mommmm, I don't want to ride the Fish McBites School Bus Sponsored by Beef 'O' Brady's to Jiffy Lube Elementary!"
Bill: "Gov. Scott's Secretary," by Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen
The gist: Revokes Gov. Rick Scott's right to hire a private secretary
Our take: The Founding Fathers intended our governors to take their own dictation. It's in the Constitution — just trust us on that.
The bill: "Open Parties," by Rep. Tom Rooney
The gist: Expands a law against open house parties to all open parties
Our take: No more wild keggers on the beach? What is this, Soviet Russia?