Monday, August 8, 2016

2016 Legislative Recap

The Department of Education has issued the following memorandum regarding the School District Actions as a Result of Legislation Enacted in 2016.  The memorandum may be viewed at:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Legislative Update - March 22, 2016

2016 Bill Summaries
The 2016 Bill Summaries are reports and giving brief explanations of legislation that passed this session in both the House and Senate. The bill titles are hyperlinked to summaries.  The summaries were developed by Senate Staff and are available at

Researching Bills
Additional Information on bills can be found at the following sites:
When looking for information on the bill – go to the website listed above; insert the bill number where indicated; and, choose the information section that will be most helpful.  Each Bill Information page will provide information on the sponsor; a brief narrative of the legislation; the bill history of actions on the bill; a staff analysis for the bill, and bill text.   Make sure  to look at the Enrolled Version of the bill text and the final staff analysis.  With the session just ending – some of the staff analysis papers will not reflect the contents of the final version of the bill. 
Agriculture (AG)
Appropriations (AP)
Banking and Insurance (BI)
Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (CF)
Commerce and Tourism (CM)
Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities (CU)
Community Affairs (CA)
Criminal Justice (CJ)
Education Pre-K - 12 (ED)
Environmental Preservation and Conservation (EP)
Ethics and Elections (EE)
Governmental Oversight and Accountability (GO)
Health Policy (HP)
Higher Education (HE)
Judiciary (JU)
Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security (MS)
Regulated Industries (RI)
Rules (RC)
Transportation (TR)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Legislative Update - March 12, 2016


CS/CS/HB 7029, 1st Eng. (2016) School Choice
                SENATE - Amendment(s) to House amendment(s) adopted (927886)
                SENATE - Concurred in House amendment(s) as amended
                SENATE - CS passed as amended; YEAS 29 NAYS 10
                HOUSE - In returning messages
                HOUSE - Was taken up
                HOUSE - Concurred in  amendment(s)
                HOUSE - Ordered engrossed, then enrolled
                HOUSE - CS passed as amended; YEAS 82 NAYS 33 Filed to this Bill:
                927886 - Amendment to House Amendment to Senate Amendment (635159) filed by Senator Gaetz
                137784 - Amendment to House Amendment to Senate Amendment (635159) filed by Senator Lee

CS/CS/HB 249 (2016) Culinary Education Programs
                -- Signed by Officers and presented to Governor

Friday, March 11, 2016

Legislative Update - March 11, 2016

Good morning,

We are in the home stretch for the 2016 session. Both chambers are frantically trying to get bills passed. Many will die from the lack of action.

This afternoon around 4:00 p.m. each chamber will take up the budget bills. Once those bills are passed by both the House and the Senate, it will be sent to the Governor. The Governor has line item veto authority over the budget presented to him for his signature. There is no doubt that he will use that authority on this budget.

As Education bills are signed by the Governor, I will present them to you. It is my plan to compile a summary of all the Education bills which would impact secondary and postsecondary programs.

Fresen’s last amendment to 7029  ( find below) would provide new language to the majority of the bill, which is what the Senate did to the House version of the bill before they sent it back.


CS/CS/HB 249 (2016) Culinary Education Programs
                SENATE - Read 3rd time
                SENATE - CS passed; YEAS 37 NAYS 0
                HOUSE - Ordered enrolled

CS/SB 1360 (2016) Student Assessments
                SENATE - Read 2nd time
                SENATE - Retained on Special Order Calendar Filed to this Bill:
                145418 - Amendment filed by Senator Hays

CS/CS/HB 7029, 1st Eng. (2016) School Choice
                HOUSE - Was taken up
                HOUSE - Amendment(s) to Senate amendment(s) adopted (635159)
                HOUSE - Concurred in Senate amendment(s) as amended (550680)
                HOUSE - CS passed as amended; YEAS 81 NAYS 37
                SENATE - In returning messages
Filed to this Bill:
                522943 - Amendment to Amendment (550680) filed by Representative Rader
                635159 - Amendment to Amendment (550680) filed by Representative Fresen
                972899 - Amendment to Amendment (550680) filed by Representative Fresen