2020 Legislative Session
Governor Ron DeSantis signed several bills that we were following during Florida's 2020 Legislative Session. See below for more details.

Additionally, the legislature sent Governor DeSantis Florida's upcoming FY20/21 budget, and he has until June 30th to finish his review and signature. Governor DeSantis warned for the potential of many line item vetoes within the budget due to the economic impact of coronavirus on the state.

Bills signed into law this week that we were tracking during the 2020 Florida Legislative Session:

  • HB 81 - Health Care for Children
  • HB 641 - Funds for Operation of Schools
  • HB 1213 - Educational Instruction of Historical Events
  • HB 7011 - K-12 Student Athletes
  • SB 156 - Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program
  • SB 434 - Designation of School Grades
Governor DeSantis Approves
Teacher Salary Increases
On Thursday, June 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 641, Funds for the Operation of Schools, and announced the approval of $500 million in the state’s budget that will be signed in the coming days, dedicated to raising teacher salaries in Florida. $400 million is invested to raise the minimum base pay for full-time classroom teachers, and $100 million is to raise the salaries of Florida’s veteran teachers and other instructional personnel. 

For more details, check out the Governor's press release.
Governor DeSantis Signs Bill Expanding Health Care Access in Florida Schools

Governor DeSantis signed HB 81 Health Care for Children into law on Tuesday, June 23rd. This is a huge win for health care advocates! It allows for the state to access $100 million in federal Medicaid funds to provide greater access to health care (e.g., mental health, speech pathology and physical therapy) for children on school campuses.
Department of Business and Professional Regulation Emergency Order 2020-09

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and an increase in cases in Florida, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued and Emergency Order on Friday, June 26th immediately ordering all bars that make 50% of gross revenue from alcoholic beverage sales to halt sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises.

Read the Emergency Order here.
2020 Census
Please Share with Your Networks!
Approximately only 58.9% of households in Florida have completed the Census.

Only 56.5% of households in Miami-Dade have responded.

Please reach out your networks and remind them that federal funding for Florida relies on an accurate count. Programs for health care, education, transportation and housing; strategic planning for private and public organizations and representation depend on an accurate count.
 A complete and correct count in Florida’s communities help young children thrive because communities will receive their fair share to support programs, such as health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development.

We continue to urge you to help us spread the word to please complete the 2020 Census at http://2020census.gov/

The Census is safe, it's easy, it's important!
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Resources During COVID-19
As the state of Florida, along with the rest of the country, reacts to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled a snapshot of resources available below:

General Information

  • 211 Helpline Florida - The United Way is aiding those who are affected by COVID-19. If you or somebody you know needs help, please reach out through calling 2-1-1 24/7 Call 2-1-1, available 24/7

School Aged Resources


Food Assistance
 

Mental Health

  • Dial 211 for mental health resources in your area

Re-employment assistance


Business and Non-Profit Assistance

Webinars

C.A.R.E.S. Act Webinar curated for The Children's Trust

For more information, please contact
Donovan Lee-Sin, Chief Public Policy & Engagement Officer at