Capitol Connection
This week marked Week 9 of the Regular Legislative Session. On Tuesday, the Senate passed HB 195 and HB 197 the Juvenile Diversion Program Expunction bill and its Public Records Exemption companion by Representative David Smith, (R- Winter Springs). The bills now head to Governor Ron Desantis’ desk for signature. Additionally, the House passed SB 236 regarding Developmental Delays by Senator Shevrin Jones, (D- Miami Gardens), this legislation revises the definition of “exceptional student” to include children with developmental delays ages birth through nine years old.

Throughout the week conference committees met to finish negotiating the details of the largest budget in Florida’s history with a $112.1 billion spending plan. HB 5001 was “laid on the desks” of members at 1:53 PM on Wednesday, March 9th. The budget includes record-high spending for early learning, K-12 education, and child welfare. 

On Thursday, SB 292 regarding Newborn Screenings by Senator Tina Polsky, (D- Boca Raton) passed the House. The conference committee also released SB 2542 the Education Conforming bill. This 181-page bill contains language included in HB 1199 regarding School Readiness Funding by Representative Erin Grall, (R- Vero Beach) and portions of HB 1505 regarding Background Screening by Representative Dana Trabulsy, (R- St. Lucie).

Finally, on Thursday both chambers agreed to extend the regular legislative session to Monday, March 14th to vote on the budget and budget related bills only. All other substantive legislation that was not passed on Friday, March 11th is considered dead for this year. 

Next Saturday, March 19th following Monday’s Sine Die, the Florida Alliance of Children’s Councils & Trusts will provide a budget breakdown and bill recap as we round out our weekly Capital Connection series.

Until next week!


The Florida Alliance of Children's Councils & Trusts
Healthy Development
Early Learning
Juvenile Justice
Child Protection
K-12 Education
Children With Disabilities
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