Issues of Interest

TEXTING AND DRIVING A bill passed by the Florida Legislature in 2019 allows law enforcement to pull over a driver for texting while driving. Records show that the law is rarely enforced. In 2020, more than 20 county sheriff’s departments did not report any issued tickets. Broward County reported only 18 tickets and there were Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

Bills that Passed

The following is a sampling of bills that passed: EDUCATION Workforce Education A priority of the Governor, this legislation passed both chambers with bipartisan support. The bill will require high schools to place a stronger emphasis on vocational and technical training and apprenticeships, beginning with required courses for middle school students on career and education Read more about Bills that Passed[…]

Legislative Issues

TELEHEALTH Senator Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) is advancing her bill to allow for healthcare services to be delivered via technology, known as telehealth. Meanwhile, Representative Clay Yarborough’s (R-Jacksonville) bill is ready for debate on the House floor. MEDICAID Bills to authorize non-emergency transportation services to Medicaid recipients by transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Legislative Issues

  Below are some highlighted bills that failed   FRACKING Neither chamber passed a measure to ban fracking within Florida. The Senate bill passed two committees but stalled in Appropriations Committee, while the House held no hearing on the proposal. GUNS IN CHURCHES Church gun carry bills would have allowed concealed weapons permit holders to carry Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Legislative Issues

EDUCATION Several education bills are gaining traction this year. Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) is sponsoring the “Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2018” which includes provisions to create a World Class Faculty and Scholar Program; establishes the State University Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program; authorizes students to use Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards Read more about Legislative Issues[…]