2019 Legislative Session | Week 3
The third week of the 2019 Legislative Session has drawn to a close with the release of the House and Senate General Appropriations Act Proposed Committee Bills (GAA PCB). The overall spending figure for the Senate's PCB comes in at $90,325,810,643 while the House PCB spending totals $89,902,634,370. Both bills differ from Governor DeSantis' proposed budget of $91.3 billion. The next 45 days will be spent reconciling differences between the budgets as leadership from both Chambers work to support differing priorities. Below is a comparison of the Senate & House GAA PCBs highlighting some of the specific funding differences:
 Section
Education Enhancement
Education (All Other Funds)
Human Services
Criminal Justice/Corrections
Natural Resources/Environment/Transportation
General Government
Judicial Branch
Total
Senate
$2,112,564,899
$26,251,776,905
$37,738,141,121
$4,860,499,387
$14,606,989,458
$6,312,792,196
$555,611,576
$90,325,810,643
 House
$2,112,416,482
$25,633,310,307
$37,193,773,270
$4,777,242,252
$14,699,410,888
$7,053,014,751
$545,882,902
$89,902,634,370
Child Welfare
 SB 124 - Sen. Bean
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HB 115 - Rep. Sirois
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These similar bills authorize the court to receive & consider information provided by the Guardian ad Litem Program & child's attorney ad litem if the child is under jurisdiction of dependency court, add requirements related to transferring dependent children from DJJ facilities & grant additional authorizations to the GAL Program.
 SB 832 - Sen. Rader
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HB 597 - Rep. Stark

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Due to a strike-all amendment changing the substance of HB 597, these bills are no longer considered companion bills. CS/HB 597 allows the name of a birth parent, adoptive parent or an adoptee to be disclosed from adoption records without a court order if the individual has given written consent. SB 832 requires DOH to issue a noncertified copy of an original birth certificate to an adoptee of legal age or a descendant of a deceased adoptee with the full names and ages of birth parents, date of birth of the child and the full name of the child given at birth but has not yet been heard in committee.
     SB 1174 - Sen. Bean
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HB 917 - Rep. Roth
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These similar bills aim to protect the welfare of minor children by providing for transitions of custody that consider each child’s developmental stage and psychological needs.
   SB 1726 - Sen. Gruters
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HB 1171 - Rep. Grall

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These identical bills require notification to a parent or guardian prior to a student's removal for an involuntary examination as long as such notification will not cause a delay that jeopardizes an individuals physical or mental safety. 
   HB 7099 - Children, Families & Seniors


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This bill comes from the recommendations of the Department of Children and Families’ staff as part of the Paths Forward Initiative to mitigate the loss of the IV-E waiver and to prepare for the implementation of the Families First Act. This bill better positions the state during this transition period and closes the $90 million funding gap down to $24 million resulting from the loss of the IV-E waiver.
Early Learning
   SB 94 - Sen. Stewart
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HB 69 - Rep. Antone
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A strike-all amendment on HB 69 was adopted this week changing substantive portions of the bill. The bill now requires child care facilities to enact procedures to ensure children are not left in vehicles used by the facilities including but not limited to transportation logs, physical/visual sweeps, and/or alarm systems. The bill also provides for the emergency suspension of a child care facility if a child dies as a result of being left in the facility's vehicle. SB 94 has not been amended and still requires all vehicles used by child care facilities to transport children be equipped with reliable alarm system that prompts driver to inspect vehicle for children before exiting.
   SB 1594 - Sen. Harrell
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HB 1193 - Rep. Grall

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These identical bills create a coordinated assessment system that allows for the tracking the progress of students from VPK through grade 2, include assessments of children and teacher-child interactions and require the Office of Early Learning to adopt a minimum program score for the purpose of determining program effectiveness.
     SB 1456 - Sen. Perry
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HB 1027 - Rep. Aloupis

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hese identical bills require the Office of Early Learning to establish both formal and informal pathways for early learning teachers in the school readiness program to ensure access to specialized professional development.
K-12 Education
      SB 982 - Sen. Thurston
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HB 259 - Rep. Williams


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These bills are no longer identical as HB 259 has been amended to remove the provisions related to the Human Trafficking Activity Hotline and human trafficking awareness campaigns. SB 982 has not been amended and both bills still require health education in public schools to include information on the warning signs of human trafficking and authorize a student opt-out option.
       SB 190 - Sen. Stargel


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This bill would modify the requirements associated with the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and removes restrictions in current law regarding funding for the operation of schools and performance funding for industry certifications.
       SB 1480 - Sen. Stargel
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HB 807 - Rep. Aloupis
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These similar bills require all instructional materials for school civics education courses be reviewed by the Joint Center for Citizenship and approved by the Commissioner of Education. 
          SB 1366 - Sen. Baxley


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This bill allows for an earned computer science credit, or an industry certification in computer science to meet high school science requirements currently in statute. Provides for high-quality professional development in computer science for teachers.
Juvenile Justice
            SB 7072 - Appropriations
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This is a proposed bill by the Senate Appropriations Committee making several revisions to Florida Statutes related to Criminal Justice. Specific revisions include increasing the threshold amount for third degree felony theft offenses from $300 to $700 and requires this threshold amount to be adjusted every two years based on the Consumer Price Index.
            SB 782 - Sen. Simmons
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HB 887 - Rep. Alexander

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These identical bills revise criteria allowing a person who committed a felony to be sentenced as a youthful offender if the crime was committed before the defendant turned 21.
Health & Safety
            SB 354 - Sen. Montford
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HB 213 - Rep. Massullo


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These similar bills revise provisions relating to the Immunization Registry by allowing a college or university student age 19-24 the right to refuse to be included in the immunization registry and requires health care practitioners to report vaccination data to the immunization registry for children birth to 18 unless a guardian refused to have the child included in the registry by meeting certain requirements. 
            SB 572 - Sen. Baxley
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HB 531 - Rep. Brannan



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These similar bills require a health insurance policy that provides coverage on an expense-incurred basis for a family member of the insured to provide coverage for children birth to 21 for hearing aids prescribed, fitted and dispensed by a licensed audiologist and establishes the minimum coverage amount of $3,500 per ear within a 24 month period.  
            SB 7030 - Education Committee




Builds upon the school safety and security foundation established in SB 7026 (2018) by addressing the school safety and security recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, and strengthening accountability and compliance oversight authority.
              SB 724 - Sen. Hooper
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HB 805 - Rep. Webb

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These similar bills require a home inspector to include information relating to swimming pool safety features in his or her report and require that new residential swimming pools meet an additional requirement in order to pass final inspection and receive a certificate of completion.
Children With Unique Abilities
            SB 62 - Sen. Book
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HB 349 - Rep. DuBose

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These identical bills, related to students with disabilities. define associated terms, requirements for use of physical restraint, exclusionary and nonexclusionary time, training procedures, monitoring and reporting requirements of staff.
For more information, please contact:
Donovan Lee-Sin, Public Policy & Community Engagement Officer at
donovan@thechildrenstrust.org or 305.571.5700 ext. 316.