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.
May 2017 Finally Relief for Florida Agencies: Safe Harbor with Public Records Requests By Leonard J. Dietzen, III firstname.lastname@example.org Florida public agencies have made tremendous efforts in training their staff to comply with their responsibility under the Florida Public Records Act. Unfortunately, one technical mistake has turned this law into the Lawyer’s Relief Act. For […]
In a flurry of last minute deal-making, legislators were able to patch together compromises to allow them to wrap up their work and finish the Special Session on time. The issue of greatest interest to school boards was increasing funding to the FEFP by $215 million in order to provide an increase of $100 per […]
Today, legislators made some progress in resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions of the FEFP funding bills . As we reported yesterday, the only significant difference between the House and Senate versions of their funding bills was the source of funds used to increase total FEFP funding by $215 million — the […]
As had been requested by FSBA and other education groups, Governor Scott vetoed the FEFP portion of the state budget and called on legislators to increase total FEFP funding per student by $100 over the current year (2016-2017) level. Florida’s Legislature convened in Special Session 2017-A on Wednesday to address this K-12 funding issue as […]
In response to the requests and advocacy of school board members, superintendents, district staff, parents, and students, Governor Scott has announced that he intends to veto the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) portion of the state budget because he finds it to be inadequate to meet the needs of students and their families. A Special […]
Tallahassee, FL – After a three day extension, Florida’s Legislative Session has come to an end. Watch this FSBA Legislative Weekly Update for highlights, and be sure visit the FSBA Session Spotlight Blog and 2017 Legislative Session page for in-depth summaries, resources, and analyses. Also, be on the lookout for FSBA’s online and face-to-face Legislative Summary events.
The Legislature adjourned the 2017 Legislative Session, sine die, shortly before 9:00 pm this evening having passed each of the budget Conference Reports and tax cut package. As expected, HB 7069 was the only education related Conference Report that generated significant debate, particularly in the Senate. The bill passed the House by an essentially party […]
The Legislature will return to work tomorrow — Monday — for the last day of the extended 2017 Legislative Session. The only items that are scheduled to be considered are a bill outlining the state tax cut package (HB 7109) and the Conference Reports on the budget, budget implementing bill, and the related conforming bills. […]
Budget negotiators met twice today to close out the final differences in the budget. Of particular interest to school boards, a corrected distribution list for state Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funding was released. This provides $50 million each to Public Schools and Charter Schools for maintenance, repair, and renovations and more than $57 million […]
As we have reported, the state budget must be made available to legislators and the public at least 72 hours before the Legislature may vote on passage of the budget. To meet this deadline, the budget would have to be available sometime on Tuesday so that a vote could be taken sometime on Friday, May […]
The chambers were unable to reach agreement on a budget today which means that, at a minimum, the session will be extended beyond Friday’s scheduled date of adjournment. Senate President Negron indicated that the chambers are very close to agreement and they hope to publish a budget by Friday. They may then recess during the […]
If legislators hope to adjourn as scheduled on Friday, the Conference Report on the state budget must be published sometime tomorrow (Tuesday) to allow for the constitutionally required 72-hour “cooling off period” before a vote can be taken on the passage of the budget bill. There are several major budget issues that appear to be […]
As we enter the last week of the Session, a great deal of work remains if legislators hope to adjourn by Friday. Work on the budget is not complete and major policy issues remain unresolved. However, as always, things can happen very quickly. The House has no meetings or floor sessions scheduled for tomorrow but […]
With barely three days left before lawmakers have to finalize the annual state budget if session is to end as scheduled May 5, Floridians still have very little idea what kind of compromise lawmakers are crafting behind closed doors when it comes to the most consequential reforms this year that affect K-12 public schools. Read […]
After a day of anticipation, the PreK-12 Education Budget Conference Committee finally convened this evening at 6:15 pm. In an unexpected move, in the Senate Offer #1 on the budget, the Senate accepted the House position on the FEFP, thus closing any further negotiations on the FEFP. This agreement includes a rollback of the Required […]
Tallahassee, FL – Week 8 of Florida’s Legislative Session is coming to an end, and will be heading into a weekend of Budget Conference Committee Meetings. Watch this FSBA Legislative Weekly Update for highlights. Be sure visit the FSBA Session Spotlight Blog and 2017 Legislative Session page for in-depth summaries, resources, and analyses.
The House-Senate budget conference committee convened Thursday, exchanged pleasantries, and dispersed to begin working toward a compromise $83 billion spending plan for next fiscal year. Read More
Florida’s top two Republican legislative leaders, negotiating in secret over the past few days, have reached a sweeping deal on a new state budget and other high-priority items ranging from public employee benefits to building a reservoir to deal with toxic algae discharges. Read More
Today, Speaker Corcoran and President Negron published the allocations to be utilized by the various Budget Conference Committees and named the members of each Committee (please click HERE to see our chart listing the members and contact information for three of the Conference Committees having oversight of education related budget bills). The Conference Committees wasted […]
As we have reported, Speaker Corcoran and President Negron have indicated that they had come to agreement on some major policy issues that would clear the way for these leaders to publish allocations for the Conference Committees to allow them to begin their work on resolving differences between the House and Senate budgets. However, as of […]
In an unprecedented move, the House Appropriations Committee passed their “continuation” budget and related bills this morning. This continuation budget is basically the same budget passed for the current year with funding added for “workload” (for education, this mainly means funding to support student enrollment growth) and most funding removed for member supported local projects. […]
As we reported earlier this evening, there appears to be a breakdown in the budget negotiations between House Speaker Corcoran and Senate President Negron. The two leaders have been working to come to agreement on the allocation that would be available to each Budget Conference Committee so that these Committees could then begin to settle the differences between […]
As we enter the final two weeks of the Legislative Session, bills and amendments will move even more quickly. In some cases, the deadline for publishing committee meeting agendas may not be available until the evening prior to these meetings, making it more difficult for us to provide a complete list of bills that will […]
It can be maddening to watch the Florida Legislature waste so much time and energy bickering over issues like the sliver of the state budget dedicated to economic development when more fundamental and far-reaching concerns deserve more attention. But legislators, to their credit, are on the verge of taking action on a problem that has […]
A stalemate between the Senate and the House over allowing property taxes to pay for education will be the toughest issue to resolve before lawmakers agree on a state budget, the Senate’s top leader said Friday. Senate President Joe Negron plans to allow property taxes to rise with increasing land value, but Speaker Richard Corcoran […]
Tallahassee, FL – Week 7 is in the books. Watch this FSBA Legislative Weekly Update for highlights. Be sure visit the FSBA Session Spotlight Blog and 2017 Legislative Session page for in-depth summaries, resources, and analyses.
In today’s House Education Committee meeting, a lot of attention was given to HB 549 relating to Publication of Student Assessments. The House has chosen this bill as a vehicle for adding several provisions relating to assessments and accountability, several of which are also included in HB 773. The original core of this bill requires […]
In another very full day of consideration of significant bills, one of today’s highlights was action on SB 926 in the Senate Rules Committee. This is the bill that was significantly amended earlier this month to include several improvements to the state assessment and accountability system. The bill was significantly amended today, mainly by adding […]
Today was a very full day of consideration of significant bills, but one of today’s highlights was action on a bill in the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Simmons proposed a lengthy amendment to SB 1552 (relating to the Best & Brightest Teacher and Principal Scholarships) that revises and adds components of current school […]
With three weeks remaining in the Legislative Session, the chambers are rapidly moving bills into position for passage. In addition to the passage of individual bills, it is expected that legislators will create at least one “train” of education bills – combining all or part of several bills into one omnibus bill. In general, to […]
During most of the last week or so, we have tried to keep you updated on progress on the budget. As you know, both chambers have passed their versions of the budget and related bills, but significant differences remain that have not been resolved. The next step in the budget development process is for each […]
As we reported yesterday, the Senate amended and/or passed their version of the budget, budget implementing bill, and budget conforming bills and sent them to the House for consideration. Since each of these Senate bills differ from their House companion bills, the Senate requested that the House pass the bill as passed by the Senate […]
Tallahassee, FL – As Week 6 of the Florida Legislative Session wraps up for the holiday weekend, watch this FSBA Legislative Weekly Update for highlights. Be sure visit the FSBA Session Spotlight Blog and 2017 Legislative Session page for in-depth summaries, resources, and analyses.
As expected, both chambers reviewed their respective budgets – SB 2500 and HB 5001 — and related budget implementing bills and budget conforming bills. Most of these bills were either approved without amendment or the amendments did not directly pertain to PreK-12 education. However, two significant amendments were approved in the Senate to SB 376 […]
On Wednesday, both chambers will review their respective budgets – SB 2500 and HB 5001 — and related budget implementing bills and budget conforming bills on 2nd Reading. Most of these bills are summarized individually below except for the education related portions of the budget and the provisions of the Charter School Capital Outlay Funding […]
Tallahassee, FL – Week 5 of the Florida Legislative Session has come to an end. Watch this FSBA Legislative Weekly Update for highlights, and visit the FSBA Session Spotlight Blog and 2017 Legislative Session page for in-depth summaries, resources, and analyses.
This week marks the mid-point of the Legislative Session and has brought attention to key bills that directly address the priorities identified in the FSBA 2017 Legislative Platform: assessment and accountability, education funding, and capital outlay funding. During this very hectic week, the Senate Education Committee took up SB 926 relating to K-12 Student Assessments […]
The Senate and House Appropriations Committees reviewed and amended their respective proposed state budgets today. In the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting, there were more than 120 amendments filed with about 30 of these proposed amendments relating to education. The majority of the education related amendments revised non-FEFP allocations and the remaining few focused on post-secondary […]
On Wednesday, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will meet to review and revise their respective budgets. To set the stage for this, we have prepared a Side-by-Side Comparison of current year (2016-2017) education funding with the funding in the proposed 2017-2018 House and Senate budgets (our Comparison is also posted with other 2017-2018 Education […]
As outlined in yesterday’s Session Spotlight, the House and Senate took up several bills of interest today. Perhaps most notable of these was the consideration of SB 926 relating to K-12 Student Assessments and sponsored by Senator Flores. The bill was taken up today for its first formal review by the Senate Education Committee. During […]