Currently in the state of FL, a marriage license costs $93.50 and if you participate in 4 hours of pre-marital counseling you get a discounted rate of $61.00. Apparently the 32.50 saved is not enough of discount as many couples are not bothering to take advantage of the lower rate. Consequently there is a proposed bill that would raise the cost of the license to 193.50 and give a discount of 132.50 for 8 hours of pre-marital counseling. The cost of the license is still the same if you engage in counseling ($61) but the economic benefit is greater if the new bill passes because it would be so much more expensive should you for-go counseling and the amount of counseling required goes up.
I thought this was really interesting and wanted to know what your reactions are! I feel like pre-marital counseling is often a requirement if you want to be married in a church or by certain pastors so it makes sense to me, but obviously there are lots of people currently not getting pre-marital counseling, so would the new law punish these people?
Food for thought today people, let me know what you think :)
PS: here are couple of articles debating this situation
For the bill
Against the bill