The Legislature will hold a 5th week of Interim Committee Meetings this week. Several bills of interest will be under consideration, including bills relating to funding, health and safety, public records, and ethics. In addition, the State Board of Education will be meeting on Friday in Brunnell, Florida. The agenda includes review district turnaround option plans and revisions to several Rules, including Rules relating to funding, instructional personnel, charter schools, school readiness, and assessments. The full schedule of the legislative meetings of interest and the State Board of Education meeting are provided in the file below.
Tuesday – November 12, 2019
The Senate Children, Families, & Elder Affairs Committee will meet, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, to consider the following items and others:
SB 7012 – Mental Health by CFEA
Providing additional duties for the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention; requiring the Department of Transportation to work with the office in developing a plan relating to evidence-based suicide deterrents in certain locations; requiring that certain information be provided to the guardian or representative of a minor patient released from involuntary examination; requiring specified persons to complete certain suicide prevention education courses by a specified date; providing that persons providing certain emergency care are not liable for civil damages or penalties under certain circumstances, etc.
SB 496 – Child Welfare by Book
Specifying the rights of children and young adults in out-of-home care; requiring the Florida Children’s Ombudsman to serve as an autonomous entity within the department for certain purposes; requiring that a case plan be developed in a face-to-face conference with a caregiver of a child under certain circumstances; requiring a caseworker to provide specified information relating to subsidies that early learning coalitions provide to caregivers of certain children, etc.
The Senate Education Committee will meet, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, to consider the following items and others:
SB 120 – Naloxone in Schools by Pizzo
Authorizing a public school to purchase a supply or enter into an arrangement to receive a supply of the opioid antagonist naloxone for a certain purpose; requiring the school district to adopt a protocol for the administration of naloxone; providing that a school district and its employees and agents and the physician who provides the protocol are not liable for any injury arising from the administration of the naloxone pursuant to the protocol, etc.
SB 130 – Florida Job Growth Grant Fund by Hutson
Authorizing the Governor to approve workforce training grants to certain charter schools under the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund; authorizing certain charter schools to apply for specified grant funds, etc.
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; requiring the Department of Legal Affairs to develop human trafficking awareness campaigns, etc.
SB 156 – Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program by Perry
Extending the scheduled expiration of the pilot program, etc.
SB 168 – Drinking Water in Public Schools by Cruz
Subject to legislative appropriation, requiring each school district to install filters that meet certain specifications on drinking water sources; requiring such schools to post certain signage on certain water sources and to publish specified information on the school district’s website; authorizing school districts to request additional funding to compensate school district staff for the installation or replacement of filters, etc.
Wednesday – November 13, 2019
The House Health Market Reform Subcommittee will meet, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, to consider the following item and others:
HB 81 – Medicaid School-Based Services by Andrade
Revises provisions relating to reimbursement of school-based services by AHCA to certain school districts & private & charter schools; specifies that U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is authorized to waive certain school-based provider qualifications.
The Senate Ethics & Elections Committee will meet, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, to consider the following item and others:
SB 7006 – Violations of the Prohibition Against Abuse of Public Position by E&E
Reenacting provisions relating to penalties for violations of the Constitutional Prohibition Against Abuse of Public Position, etc.
Thursday – November 14, 2019
House Civil Justice Subcommittee will meet, 9:00 – 11:00 am, 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.
House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will meet, 9:00 – 11:00 am, to consider the following items:
- Presentation on the Status and Uses of School Hardening Funds
- Presentation Implementation of Mental Health Awareness & Assistance Training
- Consideration of Member Appropriations Project Requests
Friday – November 15, 2019
The State Board of Education will meet, 9:00 am – completion of business, to consider the items on this Agenda
The 6th and final round of Interim Committee Meetings will be held December 9-13, 2019. The 2020 Legislative Session will begin on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.