The Legislature will hold a sixth, and final, round of Interim Committee Meetings this week to lay more groundwork for the 2020 Legislative Session that will convene on January 14, 2020. Several committees/subcommittees will consider bills addressing topics of interest including, among others, health and safety, curriculum, personnel issues, and school choice options. In addition, several appropriations committees/subcommittees will consider Member Appropriations Project Requests and/or receive presentations on Governor DeSantis’ budget recommendations for fiscal year 2020-2021. Please note that we have prepared a side-by-side comparison of current year funding and the Governor’s Recommended Budget and have posted it in the file titled “2020 Education Appropriations Information” on our FSBA Legislative Session page along with a short FEFP Summary. If you have not done so already, we recommend that you bookmark our FSBA Legislative Session page for easy access to important information during the 2020 Session including our Bill Tracking lists (recently updated), the FSBA 2020 Legislative and Federal Platforms and recently updated Positions on Issues of Continuing Concern, key Committee and Delegation contact lists, and other advocacy tools and information. Meanwhile, the full schedule of the legislative meetings of interest is provided in the file below.
Monday – December 9, 2019
The House State Affairs Committee will meet, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., to consider the following item and others:
HB 195 – Public Records by Rodrigues
Prohibits agency that receives request to inspect or copy record from responding to such request by filing civil action against individual or entity making request.
The Senate Education Committee will meet, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., to consider the following items and others:
SB 376 – English Language Learners by Lee
Exempting certain English language learners from a specified graduation requirement; requiring such English language learners to meet other criteria to earn a standard high school diploma; revising school grade components to include certain English language learners who meet specified criteria, etc.
SB 418 – Workforce Education by Diaz
Revising the workforce education programs that school district career centers are authorized to conduct, etc.
SB 434 – Designation of School Grades by Montford
Revising the components on which a school’s grade is based, etc.
SB 486 – Florida Best and Brightest Programs by Bradley
Repealing provisions relating to the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Program and the Florida Best and Brightest Principal Program, etc.
SB 534 – Education/Disqualification List by Diaz
Requiring the Department of Education to maintain a disqualification list that includes the identities of certain persons; requiring district school boards to investigate certain complaints and report certain results of such investigations to the department; prohibiting an individual who is on the disqualification list from being employed by a charter school or serving as a member of a charter school governing board; requiring certain private schools to adopt policies establishing standards of ethical conduct for certain employees, etc.
The House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee will meet, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., to consider the following:
PCB PIE 1 — Prohibition Against Abuse of Public Position by PIE
Reenacts penalties for violations of the constitutional prohibition against abuse of public position; etc.
The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will meet, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., to consider Member Appropriations Project Requests
The Senate Community Affairs Committee will meet, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., to consider the following item and others:
SB 504 – Local Government Public Construction Works by Perry
Requiring the governing board of a local government to consider estimated costs of certain projects using generally accepted cost-accounting principles that account for specified costs when the board is making a specified determination; prohibiting a local government from performing a project using its own services, employees, and equipment if the project requires an increase in the number of government employees or an increase in certain capital expenditures, etc.
The Senate Infrastructure & Security Committee will meet, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., to consider the following item and others:
SB 178 – Public Financing of Construction Projects by J. Rodriguez
Prohibiting state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study; requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to develop by rule a standard for such studies; requiring the department to enforce certain requirements and to adopt rules, etc.
Tuesday – December 10, 2019
The House Education Committee will meet, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., to receive presentations on school choice.
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will meet, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to consider the following item and others:
SB 154 – Human Trafficking Education in Schools by Thurston
Revising the required health education in public schools to include information regarding the dangers and signs of human trafficking; specifying the minimum requirements of the human trafficking education portion of the comprehensive health education curriculum, etc.
The Senate Children, Families, & Elder Affairs Committee will meet, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., to consider the following items and others:
SB 668 – Government Sponsored Recreation Programs by Book
Revising the definition of the term “child care facility” to exclude government-sponsored recreation programs; defining the term “government-sponsored recreation program”; providing an exemption for government-sponsored recreation programs from specified child care facility requirements, etc.
SB 828 – Florida ABLE Program by Benacquisto
Abrogating the future repeal of provisions relating to the Florida ABLE program, etc.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., to consider the following item and others:
SB 738 – Jury Service by Harrell
Requiring certain students actively enrolled in specified schools to be excused from jury service upon request, etc.
The House Appropriations Committee will meet, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., to receive a presentation of the Governor’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021
Wednesday – December 11, 2019
The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will meet, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., to consider the following item and others:
HB 37 – School Bus Safety by Zika
Revises civil penalties for certain violations relating to stopping for school bus.
The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee will meet, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., to receive a presentation of the Governor’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021
The House Health Market Reform Subcommittee will meet, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., to consider the following item and others:
HB 575 – Applied Behavior Analysis Services by Plasencia
Provides exemption from licensure requirements for individuals who are employed or under contract with entities providing applied behavior analysis services; redefines term “private instructional personnel” to include behavior analysts & paraprofessionals providing applied behavior analysis services.
The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will meet, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., to receive a presentation of the Governor’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021
The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will meet, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., to consider the following items:
HB 187 – Postsecondary Education for Secondary Students by Zika
Provides reporting requirements for postsecondary institutions; revises provisions relating to dual enrollment programs; renames collegiate high school programs as early college acceleration programs; revises requirements for such programs.
HB 581 – Civic Education by Diamond
Requires Commissioner of Education to develop minimum criteria for nonpartisan civic literacy practicum & process to verify successful completion of such practicum; provides requirements for such practicum; requires SBE to annually designate public schools that meet specified criteria as Freedom Schools & establish criteria for designation as Freedom School; provides requirements for such criteria.
PCB PKI 1 – K-12 Student Athletes by PKI
Revising requirements for the availability of automated external defibrillators on school grounds; revising training requirements for certain individuals related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of automated external defibrillators; requiring the Florida High School Athletic Association to establish certain requirements relating to student athlete safety; revising requirements for a specified medical evaluation; etc.
The Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will meet, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., to receive a presentation of the Governor’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 and to consider the following item:
SB 348 – Florida Kidcare Program by Bean
Removing the lifetime maximum cap on covered expenses for a child enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program, etc.
Thursday – December 12, 2019
The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will meet, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to receive a presentation of the Governor’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 and to consider Member Appropriations Project Requests
The House Oversight, Transparency, & Public Management Subcommittee will meet, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to consider the following items and others:
HB 101 – Public Construction by Andrade
Revises amounts of retainage that local governmental entities & contractors may withhold from progress payments for construction services contract; revises requirements for DMS rules governing certain contracts; revises amounts of retainage that public entities & contractors may withhold from progress payments for construction services contract.
HB 441 – Public Procurement Services by DiCeglie
Revises maximum dollar amount for construction project continuing contracts; redefines term “continuing contract” to increase maximum dollar amounts for certain professional services; requires DMS to annually adjust statutory caps for continuing contracts by rule.
HB 491 – Disposition of Surplus Funds by Candidates by Payne
Prohibits candidate from donating surplus campaign funds to charitable organization that employs candidate.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to receive a presentation of the Governor’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021