The FSBA Session Spotlight Blog is your resource to track legislation and strengthen your advocacy efforts throughout the Florida Legislative Session. Check back often for updates.
Tallahassee, FL – In our Week 3 update, FSBA Member Communications Manager BillieAnne Gay covers assessment, government oversight, and legislative happenings from the 22nd Floor of the Capitol.
While there is certainly enough going on in the Legislative Session to keep us focused on Tallahassee, some recent events on the federal government level present issues that are competing for attention. Below are updates on several federal issues. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Earlier this month, Congress repealed the ESSA Accountability and State Plan […]
As we near the mid-way point of the Legislative Session, several bills of interest are completing the process of being considered by the committees and subcommittees to which the bills have been referred and are making their way onto the Calendar for consideration on the chamber floor. For those who are unfamiliar with the legislative […]
The Senate Education Committee held a Workshop this afternoon that included a review of several Senate bills relating to assessment and accountability. During the Workshop, each bill sponsor provided an overview of their bill, but there was no substantive debate or discussion of any of the bills and no votes were taken. Even so, the […]
The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) held its initial meeting today. The meeting was mostly organizational in nature — members took the Oath of Office, received ethics training, and were given a quick overview of the suggested revised Rules under which the Commission will operate. In addition, CRC Chair Carlos Beruff announced the schedule for the […]
The second week of the 2017 Legislative Session has seen several bills of interest moving forward in the legislative process. You may wish to review the daily issues of the FSBA Session Spotlight for more details but, for a quick and comprehensive review of this week’s activities, please be sure to watch the FSBA Legislative […]
Tallahassee, FL – In the FSBA Week 2 update, Executive Director Andrea Messina covers hot topics and issues moving through the legislative process.
Florida has five different pathways to amend the state constitution – more than any other state. Among these, and unique to Florida, is the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Established in Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution, the CRC convenes every 20 years and is charged with the task of reviewing the constitution and recommending […]
There have been several bills filed for consideration during this Session that relate to weapons and firearms. Many of these address authorization for persons who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon or firearm to various locations – such as public and private schools, postsecondary institutions, airports, and certain government buildings — where such weapons […]
In separate meetings, the House and Senate versions of bills — HB 303 and SB 436 — relating to Religious Expression in Public Schools drew quite a bit of discussion and public testimony. Though originally identical in content, the House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee took up and passed a Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) for HB 303 by Representative […]
We are looking forward to having FSBA Treasurer Nora Rupert (Broward County), Patty Good (Broward County), and Betsy Condon (Clay County) in town this week to flex their advocacy muscles and participate in the legislative process. These three school board members will be participating in an initiative launched by the FSBA Legislative Committee and Advocacy […]
We have concluded the first week of the 60-day Legislative Session and, already, there has been quite a bit of activity on bills of interest to school board members. You may wish to review the earlier issues of the FSBA Session Spotlight for this week for details, but as a quicker summary, please be sure […]
Tallahassee, FL – In our Week 1 update, FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina covers leadership priorities, bills and topics to watch during the 2017 Legislative Session that kicked off this week.
This was a relatively light day for committee meetings and floor sessions – detailed in the “Today’s Happenings” link below – so this is a good time for you to review the events of this week and let us know of any concerns or questions you may have about bills considered this week. In particular, we […]
At mid-day today, FSBA participated in a press conference announcing bi-partisan support for SB 964 relating to assessment and accountability. The bill is sponsored by Senator Bill Montford and co-sponsored by Senators Tom Lee, Debbie Mayfield, Rene Garcia, Linda Stewart, and Audrey Gibson. The legislation infuses common sense into our assessment and accountability system without […]
The 2017 Legislative Session opened today with much of the usual fanfare and speeches by Governor Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. The day began with the Senate Session in which Senate President Joe Negron offered opening comments that highlighted several of the priorities that the Senate will pursue during the […]
As further groundwork to support your advocacy efforts during the Legislative Session, earlier today you should have received an email with links to two videos. One of the links connects to the first of several video updates that FSBA will be providing during the Session. Our 2017 Session Kickoff Video features FSBA Executive Director Andrea […]
Tallahassee, FL – The first of many Legislative Weekly Session Update videos, FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina covers leadership priorities, bills and topics to watch during the 2017 Legislative Session that kicks off on March 7, 2017.
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The 2017 Legislative Session will officially begin on Tuesday, March 7. It is clear that a variety of issues of concern to school board members will be addressed during the Session, including the priority issues identified in the FSBA 2017 Legislative Platform. The FSBA Legislative Committee and Advocacy Subcommittee are committed to taking an active role […]
This was the last week of Interim Legislative Committee Meetings prior to the beginning of the Regular 2017 Legislative Session on Tuesday, March 7. The most significant meeting this week was the Senate Education Committee meeting. Senators considered several bills of special interest to school board members including one that is a priority in the […]
There were several meetings of particular interest this week. Among them, the House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee discussed a strike-all amendment to a Proposed Committee Bill (PCB) — PCB PIEC-3 – relating to Local Government Ethics Reform. The bill makes numerous changes to Florida’s Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees (Code) as […]
Among the key meetings this week, the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee held a Workshop on Public School Fixed Capital Outlay. The meeting included a presentation by DOE on the current funding and policies relating to capital outlay projects for traditional public schools and charter schools. This was followed by two separate panel discussions with […]
The Legislature has scheduled Interim Committee Meetings this week – February 6-10 – and you may access the meeting schedule by clicking on the link below. If you are interested in watching any of the meetings, please remember that nearly all meetings may be viewed via live webcast or archived videos on the Florida Channel. […]
Yesterday, two important state reports on studies conducted on school district capital construction projects were released. Both studies were required by legislation passed last year, HB 7029. This bill addressed a variety of issues including, but not limited to, education funding, school choice and open enrollment, charter schools, personnel, and school construction. In addition to […]
Today, Governor Scott unveiled his 2017 Recommended Budget. The Governor recommends a total budget of about $83.47 billion – an increase of about $1.3 billion over the current year budget. We have posted the full budget recommendation, the statewide and district-by-district FEFP summary, and the Governor’s press release (which includes links to other budget documents) […]
Several Interim Legislative Committee meetings were held last week. Among the more significant meetings, the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee conducted a workshop on teacher pay and compensation. DOE presented an overview of statutory requirements and various adjustments, supplements, benefits, and other funding relating to compensation. This was followed by comments from a panel of […]
The Legislature has scheduled Interim Committee Meetings this week – January 23-27. Please click on the link below to view the schedule and agenda for each of these meeting. We will provide a report on these meetings on Monday, January 30. [NOTE: Nearly all meetings may be viewed via live webcast or archived videos on […]
Several Interim Legislative Committee meetings were held this week. Among the more significant meetings, the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee focused on K-12 Assessments Policy and Funding. A panel comprised of Commissioner Pam Stewart and five district superintendents — Kurt Browning (Pasco), Mike Grego (Pinellas), Walt Griffin (Seminole), Ken Kenworthy (Okeechobee), and Tom Russell (Volusia). DOE offered a […]
GEARING UP FOR THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION The Legislature has begun holding Interim Committee Meetings in preparation for the 2017 Legislative Session that will officially begin on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. As always, we will report on events during each week of the Interim Committee Meetings and, once the Session begins, we will resume providing […]