2019 Legislative Session | Week 1
Greetings everyone, from the Florida Children’s Council! We are very appreciative of your interest in monitoring issues and advocating on behalf of Florida’s children and families. As you may have already noticed, our team at the Council has changed up our format this year for Capitol Connection . It is our hope that this new format will be easier to read and will keep you just as informed. Each week we will give a brief summary of the high points from the executive and legislative branches and then will share the bills that have moved that week and presentations, press conferences and conversations that are of interest. Since this is Week 1, we have provided an exhaustive list of the bills that we are monitoring this year. Moving forward, we will only be including the ones that were considered and/or acted upon during that week.

Below you will find a list of bills filed for this session related to children, youth and families. The first column lists the bill number and sponsor and provides a hyperlink to the bill text and history. The second column represents the number of committees of reference for each bill and the final column gives a brief description of the bill. Here is a key to help guide you in your review of where a bill is:
We are excited for the new year and all of the opportunities to ensure effective policy is passed that best support our children and families. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,

The Florida Children’s Council
Opening Day & State of the State Address
The 2019 60-day legislative session opened on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. With new leadership in the House, Senate and Governor's office, the six committee weeks leading up to session set the tone, with a clear focus on priorities.

During his opening remarks, Senate President Bill Galvano welcomed Senators by thanking them for their hard work and encouraging thoughtfulness moving forward. He reminded members that they serve large, diverse districts in a large, diverse body that has a responsibility to uphold a level of decorum. He encouraged support of a larger, state-wide agenda rather than an individual agenda and reiterated that their purpose, both collectively and individually, is to serve the people of Florida.
 
Speaker Jose Oliva was more specific with his remarks and focused largely on the need to address what he calls the healthcare industrial complex, specifically drawing attention to the need to repeal certificate of need. He also spoke of the need to allow nurse practitioners the freedom to work to the full level of their training, the need for reform in the higher education system and the need to continue to empowering parental choice. The Speaker committed support to our neighbors still recovering from Hurricane Michael in the panhandle and to Governor DeSantis’ push for environmental support.
 
After convening both chambers together, Governor Ron DeSantis delivered the State of the State address highlighting his visions for education, the environment, elected official accountability and his commitment to helping restore the panhandle. He committed himself to continuing Florida's current economic growth and reforming the requirements for occupational licenses. He also discussed his vision for enhancing the state’s university and college system and emphasized his focus on skills-based education. In the much discussed realm of healthcare, Governor DeSantis pledged his support of policies to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and health care pricing transparency. He re-iterated his support of the families who lost a loved one in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy and his commitment to supporting the recommendations of the MSD Commission. He concluded his speech with a plea to prohibit sanctuary cities and highlighted the state’s condemnation of socialism and of any entity that attempts to boycott, divest or sanction the State of Israel
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