The Legislature will hold a third round of Interim Committee Meetings this week. Education related Committees and Subcommittees will receive information on educator professional development, health concerns for student athletes, workforce development issues, and teacher compensation. Committees also will consider a few bills of interest, including bills relating to public records, athletic trainers, homelessness, and reporting abuse and neglect. The full schedule of education related meetings this week is available below.
In addition to these meetings, the Senate will convene a Special Session on Monday to consider Executive Order 19-14 which suspended Mr. Scott Israel from the Office of Sheriff of Broward County. The Senate Rules Committee will meet throughout the day to consider the Special Master’s report, comments from attorneys, and public testimony. The Senate will be in Session on Wednesday to consider the Rules Committee report.
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Please note that all of the meetings listed below may be viewed via live webcast on the Florida Channel or subsequently in the Florida Channel Video Library.
Tuesday – October 22, 2019
The Senate Health Policy Committee will meet, 9:00 – 10:30 am, to consider the following item and others:
SB 226 – Athletic Trainers by Harrell
Revising the definition of the term “athletic trainer”; revising athletic trainer licensure requirements; revising continuing education requirements for the renewal of an athletic trainer license; requiring that the supervision of an athletic training student meet certain requirements; etc.
The Senate Children, Families, & Elder Affairs Committee will meet, 11:00 am – 12:35 pm, to consider the following items and others:
Presentation on Mental Health Telehealth in Schools in the Panhandle
SB 7000 – Reporting Abuse, Abandonment, and Neglect by CFEA
Relocating existing provisions relating to the central abuse hotline of the Department of Children and Families; revising when a person is required to report to the central abuse hotline; providing penalties for the failure to report known or suspected child abuse, abandonment, or neglect; providing responsibilities for child protective investigators relating to animal abuse and neglect; requiring the Education Practices Commission to suspend the educator certificate of certain personnel and administrators for failing to report known or suspected child abuse, etc.
SB 68 – Homelessness by Book
Requiring that certain taxes of a specified amount be transferred annually to the Grants and Donations Trust Fund within the Department of Children and Families for the purpose of funding challenge grants; expanding the membership of the Council on Homelessness to include a representative of the Florida Housing Coalition and the Secretary of the Department of Elderly Affairs or his or her designee; increasing the maximum amount of grant awards per continuum of care lead agency; requiring each continuum of care, pursuant to federal law, to designate a collaborative applicant that is responsible for submitting the continuum of care funding application for the designated catchment area to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, etc.
The House Education Committee will meet, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, to consider the following:
Overview of Florida’s System of Teacher Professional Development
Wednesday – October 23, 2019
The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will meet, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, to consider the following:
Continuing Discussion on Health Concerns for Student Athletes
The House Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee will meet, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, to consider the following:
Presentation by the DEO on workforce issues in Florida
Presentation on workforce impacts & development efforts after Hurricane Michael
Thursday – October 24, 2019
The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee will meet, 9:30 – 11:30 am, to consider the following item and others:
HB 163 – Homelessness by Altman
Provides requirements for continuum of care catchment areas & lead agencies; requires continuums of care to create continuum of care plans; revises requirements for certain grants; establishes grant-in-aid program to help continuums of care prevent & end homelessness; provides program requirements.
The House Higher Education & Career Readiness Subcommittee will meet, 9:30 – 11:30 am, to consider the following:
Discussion on educational & career opportunities for students with disabilities
The House Oversight, Transparency, & Public Management Subcommittee will meet, 9:30 – 11:30 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.
The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will meet, 9:30 – 11:30 am, to consider the following:
School District Presentations & Discussion on Classroom Teacher Compensation
The next round of Interim Committee Meetings will be held November 4-8, 2019. Be sure to check the FSBA Legislative Session page for more information including meeting schedules, bill tracking lists, advocacy tools, and more.