Day 2 - 2017 Legislative Session


Day Two of the 2017 Legislative Session March 8, 2017


In the 9:30AM Florida Senate Prek-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee


FCSBM Past President, and Legislative Task Force Chair, Erika Donalds (Collier) was on hand for one of our top priorities: Charter Capital Outlay Funding (SB376, Simmons) to express SUPPORT today in Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee. We support SB 376 without the 2.0 mill property tax increase proposed in Sen Farmer’s Amendment. We are pleased to see the bill reported favorably without the automatic 33% property tax on hard working families. We thank the Sponsor, Chair Simmons, for recognizing the need for equality in education funding. All local public schools should be funded with local dollars, including public charter schools.


MEETING VIDEO: Erika Donalds appears at 53:34 min mark

SB376 Passed WITHOUT the 2.0 mill increase – Exactly as supported by FCSBM bringing our 2017 session record to 5 out of 5.

SB78 Mandatory Recess (Flores) easily cleared another committee stop UNANIMOUSLY. There is nothing this session closer to a “done deal” than this recess bill. Districts should prepare.  

There was a workshop on Best and Brightest, which is being widely expanded to include administrators. Stay tuned for the bills on this topic.


In the 12:00PM Prek-12 House Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Important comments by the Chair Manny Diaz Jr. Reminding records that even if bills are reported favorably today, they may go unfunded. It is, however, a stipulation of the new Joint Rule with the Senate that a Bill MUST be heard in either the House or the Senate for it to be funded during the budget conference. There will be no “midnight funding” or slipping things in at the last minute that Members have never seen.

All funding project bills were reported favorably out of their first committee stop.

Meeting Packet: LINK HERE

Meeting Video: VIEW ONLINE


In the 3:30- 6:00PM House Committee on Ways and Means

Similar to HB139 Taxing Referendums

The bill prohibits a municipality or county from enacting, extending or increasing local option taxes other than property taxes, if the municipality or county had adopted a millage rate in excess of its rolled-back rate (with certain specified exceptions) in any of the three previous years. The bill does not apply this prohibition to school districts. However, the bill does amend the process for approval of a school capital outlay discretionary sales surtax. Under current law, in order to levy a school capital outlay discretionary sales surtax, the school board must approve a resolution, by majority vote, to place the question on the ballot for voter approval. The bill requires that the resolution be approved by a 4/5 majority of the school board.

Bill Text: PCB WMC 17-02

Staff Analysis: pcb02.WMC (Analysis)