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.
The Session Summary Book is now available. You can access the file below. *Please note: the Legislature is expected to return to reassess the budget in the coming weeks/months. The FSBA team has provided the current budget update and will amend as needed down the road. 2020 FSBA Legislative Session Summary – Part I Budget […]
The At-Large Budget Conference Committee met at 5:30 p.m. last night to discuss several silos. The only education issue that was included in the conference committee meeting was an offer by the Senate for Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO). The House accepted the Senate offer at the meeting so barring unforeseen problems, PECO is now […]
Tom Lee challenges provisions that favor charters, voucher programs
Budget deal in sight; final vote expected next Wednesday Galvano also addressed the House tax package that the Senate is mulling. By A.G. Gancarski on March 12, 2020 Senate President Bill Galvanosaid Wednesday that a deal on the state’s budget is in sight. “I feel good about how things are progressing. I laid out what is a […]
Yesterday was another eventful one in Tallahassee. The House remained on the floor until almost 10:00 p.m. and the Senate until 7:00 p.m. There is discussion of one last budget conference meeting today and extending session to vote on the budget on Wednesday of next week. The Senate also took up the tax package (HB […]
Several major issues are still unresolved or stuck in the process. Today, we expect to see action on teacher salary, safety, scholarships and more. Salary in particular has become quite controversial as the chambers decide upon the policy surrounding the allocation. COVID-19 has also shifted prescriptive on all money talks and we expect to see […]
Budget negotiations continue to stall in Tallahassee as consideration of additional funding needs for COVID-19 have compounded discussions on a final budget. The House and Senate continued consideration of bills on the floor throughout Monday, complete with some fireworks. The House attempted to pass an amendment on HB 7103 (Sullivan) that spelled out policy surrounding […]
Yesterday, Governor DeSantis held a press conference to address COVID-19 as a public health emergency. Governor DeSantis also released Executive Order 20-52 to enact several facets of agency action, funding access and rule-waiving to assist should Florida need to address widespread effects of COVID-19. See press conference and executive order below: 3/9/2020 Governor’s Press Conference […]
Budget Conference The Senate finally made an offer in response to the House at 6:30pm Sunday and no counter was made last evening. It is clear that several items are still in flux as the Senate moved to $600M for teacher salary even after the House Offer #1 had moved to the Senate’s original position […]
Budget conference officially began yesterday at 2pm. The subcommittees will meet to exchange offers and close our budget negotiations until 1pm Monday. At that point, all unresolved issues are “bumped up” to the Appropriations chairs. Meetings are called with one hour notice, so our team is staying close to the Capitol this weekend. You can access […]
It’s Day 53 in Tallahassee. The House will take on a marathon floor schedule (around 100 bills) as the clock is running out. Of note, 7097 Taxation is on Third Reading. Up on Second Reading are 7067, 7103, 7079, relating to expanding scholarship programs, teacher professional development, and assessment and accountability, respectively. Also up, […]
The House and Senate will take up several bills in session today as farewell speeches and negotiations continue. On the docket, HB 7011 K-12 Student Athletes, SB 70 Panic Alarms, HB 7097 Taxation, and more. You can watch live on the Florida Channel and view complete schedules below. House Calendar Senate Calendar Looking ahead, amendments have […]
After 5 hours of Senate Appropriations yesterday, the clock ran out and SB 62 was temporarily postponed by the sponsor, Senator Kelli Stargel. Budget conference has still not begun and there are talks of extending Session. Below you will find today’s complete schedules and bills of interest to be heard. You can watch live on […]
Yesterday, following an original motion to temporarily postpone the school board term limits bill in the Senate, the bill was brought back up (5 hours later) and passed by one vote (9-8). The vote was on party line plus a NO vote from Senator Flores (R) from Miami. The next stop for the bill will […]
Today, the Senate Rules Committee will take up SB 1216 (school board term limits by Gruters), SB 1634 (Parental Rights by Stargel) and others in a six hour meeting. Access the meeting packet HERE. Below you will find today’s complete schedules and bills of interest to be heard. You can watch live on the […]
SB 1216 (school board term limits by Gruters) has been placed on the agenda in the Senate Rules Committee for Monday, March 2 at noon. You can find contact information for the committee members HERE. If the bill passes this committee, it will then be ready for the Senate Floor. The bill already passed the […]
The rain is steady and committees will fire up at 9am. See full calendars and highlights below. Tune into the Florida Channel to watch live. House Calendar Senate Calendar 9am House Judiciary * HB 0311 by Massullo, Jr. – Threats 9am House Education * HB 0023 by Gottlieb – Panic Alarms in Public Schools * […]
Several bills to be considered today in the Florida Capitol. See full calendars and highlights below. Tune into the Florida Channel to watch live. House Calendar Senate Calendar 9:00 am Senate Education Appropriations SB 0070 by Book – Panic Alarms in Public Schools SB 1220 by Diaz – Education SB 1568 by Hutson – Education […]
*VIDEO* FSBA Legislative Session Update – Week Six from Florida School Boards Assoc on Vimeo.
Today, School Board Term Limits will be taken up on the House Floor. Several education-related bills will be taken up in other committees and on the Floor. See full schedules and what to expect below. House Calendar Senate Calendar 10:00 Senate Military and Veterans Affairs and Space SB 0662 by Wright – School Grading System […]
See below for the Senate and House Ed Appropriations agendas. In addition, at 4pm the Senate Finance and Tax Committee will take up SB 1066 by Gruters – Impact Fees. A strike all has been filed and part of that amendment now includes employees of a school district to be on the impact fee review […]
*VIDEO* FSBA Legislative Update – Week 6 from Florida School Boards Assoc on Vimeo.
Today at 1:30, the Senate Education Committee will take up several bills. Included on today’s agenda is SB 1498 School Turnaround (by Senator Baxley). The bill has a “delete everything” amendment that would merge the content of the bill with HB 7079 Assessment & Accountability (by Representative Aloupis). In addition, the committee will also take […]
*VIDEO* FSBA Legislative Update – Week 4 from Florida School Boards Assoc on Vimeo.
Today, the House PreK-12 Appropriations and Senate Education Committees both meet at 1:30. Among other bills, the committees will take up: HB 7079 Education (PreK-12 Innovation Committee, Aloupis) – This bill is the Assessment & Accountability bill we discussed Friday and in last week’s report HB 1013 Early Learning and Early Grades Success (Grall) HB 1207 […]
Today, both House and Senate Appropriations will meet and the House will also meet on the floor. See full daily schedules below and watch live on the Florida Channel. House Calendar – February 5, 2020 Senate Calendar – February 5, 2020
Today’s schedule starts at 8am with House PreK-12 Innovation. The committee will hear bills on assessment, VAM score reporting, mental health days, moments of silence in schools and will consider three committee bills— one on charters and the other on student mental health. See full House and Senate calendars below and be sure to watch […]
Happy Monday from Florida’s capital. Meetings begin today at noon and on the docket are several bills covering Impact Fees, vaping, apprenticeships and more. Senate Education will meet at 1:30 (access the meeting packet HERE), and this afternoon the Senate will also take up bills on sovereign immunity (SB 1302, Flores) in the Community Affairs […]
The Senate will not be meeting today or tomorrow, but the House Education and State Affairs Committees will take up education-related bills and consider proposed committee bills (PCB) that will be of interest. See some highlights from agendas below. Watch live stream and archived videos on the Florida Channel 9:00 – 11:00 House Education Reed […]
Last updated at 4:00 p.m. January 29, 2020 View complete daily calendars below and access committee and bill links: Senate Calendar – January 29, 2020 House Calendar – January 29, 2020 Stay tuned for updates and watch live on the Florida Channel. This morning kicks off at 8:00 a.m. with the House Oversight, Transparency & […]
Several bills passed favorably through committees yesterday (see list below), but SB 1216 Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board by Senator Gruters was not considered in the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee due to lack of time. As a reminder, Senator Gruters has filed an amendment to change the […]
Busy Monday in Tallahassee to kick off Week 3. The Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) is in town to bring the Principal voice to Tallahassee for Florida’s students. Among other bills, School Board Term Limits (Gruters) is up today with a proposed amendment that would bring the limit from 12 years to 8 years. […]
Executive Director Andrea Messina recaps week 2 of Florida’s Legislative Session. *VIDEO* FSBA 2020 Legislative Update – Session, Week 2 from Florida School Boards Assoc on Vimeo.
Today is day 10 of the 2020 legislative session. As always, reach out to our team should you have questions on a specific bill, or need clarification or details to assist your advocacy efforts. Senate Schedule House Schedule Watch the House and Senate live on the Florida Channel here. 10:00-12:00 Senate Appropriations Committee Meeting […]
Below are the schedules are for both House and Senate tomorrow. Both Education Appropriations Committees will not be meeting. As always, reach out to our team should you have questions on a specific bill, or need clarification or details to assist your advocacy efforts. Watch live stream and archived videos on the Florida Channel House […]
Executive Director Andrea Messina provides a video update on the first week of Florida’s Legislative Session.
Originally published January 20, 2020 – Check back for updates, vote counts and more Day 8 of the 2020 legislative session is expected to be another busy one! Tuesday hearings will include bills on School Board Term Limits (House), Sovereign Immunity (Senate), and School Safety (Senate)– all linked below. Below you will also find the […]