2021 Florida Legislative Session

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2021 Florida Legislative Session Starting Date: March 2, 2021
Staff from the Broward Teachers Union and the Florida Education Association (FEA) actively monitor legislation which includes issues relating to education, union busting and others.


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Bills to Watch - Support
 
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  • HB 359 — Impact on School Accountability,
    what it does:
    This a hold harmless bill, so no grades or evaluations count against educators, students, or schools for the past year due to “Covid Slide” (FL PTA & FSBA SUPPORT)

  • HB 489 — Student Identification Cards,
    what it does:
    Requires Principals to ensure crisis prevention hotline & text line and behavioral health hotline & text line numbers to be printed on the back of each Student ID card.

  • HB 99 — Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on Public K-20 Campuses,
    what it does:

    Provides that all public K-12 and Florida Colleges & Universities are considered authorized entities for the purpose of emergency use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors a.k.a. Epi Pens and required to have one on campus

  • HB 167 — Sale, Transfer, or Storage of Firearms,
    what it does:

    Requirements for safe storage of firearms, criminal penalties if a person fails to secure their firearm properly, criminally negligent if faulty storage of firearm


Bills to Watch - Oppose
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  • SB 78 — Dues and Uniform Assessments,
    what it does:
    šMakes is very difficult for employees to remain a member of their union....big government union busting bill

  • SB 48 — Educational Scholarship Programs,
    what it does:

    šA bill that greatly expands the current school voucher program (public dollars going to private schools)

  • SB 1014 — Employee Organizations,
    what it does:
  • Regarding Teacher and Education Support Employee Unions (TSP & ESP), requires an employee union whose membership by a certain date must be greater than 50% of all eligible employees or they must petition the (PERC) Public Employee Relations Commission for recertification

  • SB 84 — Retirement,
    what it does:

    Closes/ends the Florida Retirement System (FRS Pension) to new employees effective July 1, 2022 - will have a 401K system

  • SB 264 — Higher Education,
    what it does:

    Specifies that Florida Colleges and Universities may not “shield students” from protected free speech even if from groups affiliated with White Supremacist Organizations

  • SB 220 — Public Records and Public Meetings,
    what it does:

    Will prevent Colleges and Universities from listing who is applying to be President of the institution which opens the door for future exemptions such as school superintendent searches

  • SB 149 — Students with Disabilities in Public Schools,
    what it does:

    Prohibits use of seclusion, allows use of Video Cameras in specified classrooms (ESE) and requires continuing education and in-service training for teachers who teach students with emotional or behavioral disabilities
 

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(850) 488-7146 • Ron.DeSantis@myflorida.com
Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
State of Florida – The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001



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