We are now in the backstretch of the 2019 Legislative Session. As the legislative session winds down, the window for committee meetings in both chambers is drawing to a close. Bills that have not been heard in any of their committees of reference have likely lost their chance of passage this session. Many bills, including several related to children, youth and families, are still on the move and making their way to consideration by the full chambers. It is likely that the two chambers will begin the budget conferencing process the week after next, putting extra pressure on bringing policy bills in for a landing.
We want to highlight the passage of one bill in particular, HB 1027- Office of Early Learning by our friend, and long-time child advocate, State Representative Vance Aloupis. Rep. Aloupis has dedicated his professional career to advocating for children and their families, particularly focusing on increasing access to high-quality childcare for all children. HB 1027 will professionalize the childcare field by providing structured professional development for providers. Fittingly, this is the first bill passed by Rep. Aloupis in his time in the legislature. In a heartfelt and emotional close, Rep. Aloupis shared his passion for this crucial issue and pledged that this bill will be the first step in what will be a long-term commitment to strengthening the early learning space.
From our team at the Florida Children’s Council, congratulations Rep. Aloupis, and thank you for your commitment to Florida’s children.