TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A South Florida lawmaker wants the word
"shylock'' struck from Florida statutes.
Shylock was the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's 16th century
play "Merchant of Venice,'' who sought a pound of flesh for an
unpaid loan. The term is often used to define someone who loans
money at exorbitant interest rates.
Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, said Thursday the word found in
certain provisions of state law is discriminatory and offensive to
Florida statutes use the term as a synonym for loan shark and
"shylocking'' as a synonym for loan sharking, considered ruthless,
greedy and dishonest.
Sobel's bill (SB 318) is set for a Senate vote, perhaps as early
as next week. The House has a similar proposal (HB 151).