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.
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 […]
The House and Senate released their respective proposed state budgets (aka General Appropriations Act or GAA) at the end of last week, with the overall House Budget totaling more than $81.2 billion while the Senate Budget totals nearly $83.2 billion. While it is normal for the two budget proposals to differ, this $2 billion gap […]
One of our sharp-eyed readers noticed an error in our quick comparison of the FEFP funding amounts in the House and Senate education budget proposals. We’ve corrected the mistake and posted the revised side-by-side on our 2017 Legislative Session page under the “2017-2018 Education Budget Materials” tab – please click HERE for a direct link […]
As we reported yesterday, the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees have released some preliminary budget documents. For the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Chair David Simmons and the House PreK-12 Appropriations Chair Manny Diaz, these included the highlights and a short Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) funding summary. We have prepared a quick […]
The House and Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittees have released some preliminary budget documents and we are already working on a comparison and analysis. However, won’t have budget proviso language and other details of the FEFP and non-FEFP allocations until later this week. We are preparing a side-by-side comparison of current FEFP funding and House and […]
It appears that the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees will release their proposed budgets this week so attention will quickly turn to focus on debate and revisions to these documents so that each chamber can release their respective versions of the state budget. We will be preparing comparisons of the House and Senate budgets as […]
The third week of the 2017 Legislative Session has seen several bills of interest moving forward in the 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 Weekly […]
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 […]