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Lawmaker Wants Hotels To Open Doors To State’s Younger Adults

Lauren Mitchell

Many hotels require those booking a room be at least 21-years-old. Lake City Republican Representative Elizabeth Porter wants to change that. Porter is pushing a bill that would require Florida hotels to remove policies prohibiting those older than 18 from purchasing a room. Porter says that’s what’s fair.

“This is just a way to ensure that our citizens who are recognized as adults who can marry, have children, go to war, open up a business, are treated equally, just as anyone over the age of 21 who can eat in a restaurant of their choice or stay in a lodging of their choice,” Porter says.

Porter’s bill also makes concessions for minors who have been emancipated. Some have raised concerns about how hotels would be able to confirm that a minor had been emancipated.