Manny Diaz bill would expand eligibility, maximize parental choice in K-12 scholarship programs via Florida Politics

Manny Diaz bill would expand eligibility, maximize parental choice in K-12 scholarship programs Donors would be allowed to contribute through a newly created state trust fund. By Peter Schorsch on January 21, 2021 A bill that would simplify Florida’s education choice programs by merging five scholarship programs into two, while adding flexible spending options, has been filed…

Prioritize teachers for vaccinations | Column A letter to Gov. DeSantis from Tampa Bay thought leaders.

Prioritize teachers for vaccinations | Column A letter to Gov. DeSantis from Tampa Bay thought leaders. Published Jan. 13 Dear Gov. DeSantis, Happy New Year! Thank you for your leadership balancing COVID-19, Florida’s economy, and budget. Florida is making progress on every front. Here in the Tampa Bay area, a group of community and business leaders…

Florida House & Senate Release Protocols for Interim Committee Weeks

Last week, Speaker Sprowls and President Simpson released Covid-19 protocols for interim committee weeks and the tentative calendar for Week 1 (full memos below). Of note: Senate Will hold no more than three committees at one time Will provide off-site viewing rooms for the public, with opportunity to virtually address committees Will encourage Senators to…

Florida House Announces Committee Leadership

Late last week, House Speaker Chris Sprowls released committee assignments and subcommittee leadership posts. List of leadership below, memos attached at bottom Education & Employment Committee (previously announced) Chair: Chris Latvala (R-67) Vice: Stan McClain (R-23) Pre-K12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Randy Fine (R-53 Vice: Melony Bell (R-56) Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee Chair: Vance…

On Tap in the Capitol – November 16, 2020 via Newsservice of Florida

ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020 November 16, 2020 NSF Staff Legislature: HOUSE MEMBERS’ SPOUSES GATHER: The House will hold an orientation session for the spouses of new members, with speakers including Shannon Sprowls, wife of incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor. (2 p.m. Old Capitol, House chamber, Tallahassee.) HOUSE REPUBLICANS…

ARTICLE: Legislative Session & Legislative Budget Request Process

This article was contributed by Kim McDougal, Senior Government Affairs Consultant, G R A Y | R O B I N S O N and FSBA Advocacy and Legislative Services team member As we approach the General Election and anticipation for the 2021 Legislative Session grows, below are updates from Tallahassee regarding the upcoming session…