2019 Legislative Session | Week 4
The "Hanging of the Hands" in the Capitol Rotunda on Sunday, March 24th signaled the official start of the 2019 Children's Week. The hands serve as a visual representation of the vast number of children that legislators and other decision makers affect. Monday's Awards Dinner was full of inspirational speakers and special guests including First Lady Casey DeSantis. DeSantis and others thanked the room of advocates for their tireless work on behalf of children across the state and underscored the importance of supporting Florida's most valuable asset, our children. The Capitol was bustling all week with children and youth leadership groups who had the opportunity to meet with legislators and see our legislative process in action. Congratulations to the United Way of Florida and everyone who played a role in putting on yet another successful Children's Week!
Members of the Children's Trust Youth Advisory Committee met with Representative Dotie Joseph and other members of the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation
Hanging of the Hands in the Capitol Rotunda
First Lady Casey DeSantis addresses attendees at the Children's Week Awards Dinner
Photo Credit: Governor's Press Office
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 646 - Sen. Book
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HB 823 - Rep. Ausley

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These similar bills create the Foster Children's Bill of Rights, require the Florida Children's Ombudsman to serve within DCF to provide children in out-of-home care with a means to resolve issues related to their care, services or placement, and require caseworkers to provide caregivers with information regarding child care subsidies.
     SB 1214 - Sen. Book

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This bill provides central abuse hotline requirements for the Department of Children and Families, reporting requirements of citizens, use of information reported by the department and training of animal control officers on how to detect child abuse, abandonment and neglect.
   SB 1650 - Sen. Albritton
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HB 7099 - Children, Families & Seniors

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These similar bills create new requirements for DCF placing a child in shelter care, addresses administration of psychotropic medications, termination of guardian assistance benefits in some instances and requirements for young adults in foster care.
   HB 1209 - Rep. Buchanon


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This proposed legislation creates a bill of rights for foster parents and requires the Department of Children and Families to provide for mediation with foster parents and adopt rules to implement the bill of rights. 
   SB 1144 - Sen. Montford
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HB 1367 - Rep. Diamond

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These similar bills provide for a subsidy up to $300 for foster parents who are required to enroll a child in a child care program when the program cost exceeds the subsidy provided by the early learning coalition.
Early Learning
     SB 1456 - Sen. Perry
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HB 1027 - Rep. Aloupis

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These 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 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 1120 - Sen. Taddeo
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HB 1361 - Rep. Rodriguez


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These identical bills prohibit public school employees from using corporal punishment on a public school student and removes corporal punishment as an option to manage student behavior.
Juvenile Justice
            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.
            SB 476 - Sen. Perry
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HB 567 - Rep. Slosberg

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These identical bills increase the age of children who must be secured in a crash-tested, federally approved child-restraint device from 5 to 6 years old and increases the age of children for whom a separate carrier, integrated child seat or booster seat may be used.
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 1618 - Sen. Simmons
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HB 1041 - Rep. Duran



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These similar bills increase the minimum age to lawfully possess tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, from 18 to 21 years of age. The bills also decriminalizes the penalty for any person who sells, delivers, or gives tobacco products to a person under age 21 and requires a fine instead of criminal penalties.
            SB 7030 - Education Committee
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HB 7093 - Education Committee


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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.
Children With Unique Abilities
            SB 62 - Sen. Book
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HB 349 - Rep. DuBose

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These similar 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.