Issues of Interest

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students from Parkland, Florida launched a nationwide bus tour on June 15th in Chicago. The bus tour was organized to boost voter turnout among young people with a plan to visit 20 states and all Florida congressional districts over a two-month period.

PARKLAND VICTIMS’ FUND A distribution plan has been determined for the $10 million fund set up in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The families of the 17 deceased victims will each receive $400,000. People who were injured in the shooting will receive between $35,000 and $250,000, depending on the extent of their injuries. People who were inside the building will receive $2,500 and those who were present at school that day but were not in the building will receive $1,000 each.

STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING The building where most of the victims were shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is still considered a crime scene and must be guarded around the clock until the shooter’s trial is complete. Officials say securing it could cost as much as $1.3 million a year.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR STUDENTS As part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, the Legislature allocated $69 million to school districts to boost mental health care at public schools. The money will be divided among districts based on the number of students they have. The state’s smallest district, Jefferson County, will get just over $100,000 while the largest district, Miami-Dade, will receive nearly $8 million.