ADVOCACY EFFORTS

The Junior Leagues of Florida – State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) has monitored legislation and advocated for issue of importance for over 40 years. Within the state of Florida, we are a part of 22 Leagues and 11,000 women which gives us a strong voice for change.

SPAC selects legislation that aligns with our Position Statements which are reviewed and voted on annually.

For the 2019 legislative session, Florida SPAC will be focusing its advocacy efforts on health and hunger, at-risk youth, education, and community safety.

We are supporting and tracking the following bills:

Health and Hunger 

HB 3029 Feeding Florida Healthy Food Initiative    

Rep. Clemons

Feeding Florida Healthy Food Initiative: Provides an appropriation for the Feeding Florida Healthy Food Initiative. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

  • 2/8/2019 HOUSE Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee
  • 2/8/2019 HOUSE Now in Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
  • 2/20/2019 HOUSE Favorable by Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; 11 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/21/2019 HOUSE Now in Appropriations Committee

 

SB 60 Tax Exemption for Diapers and Incontinence Products  

Senator Book

Tax Exemption for Diapers and Incontinence Products; Exempting the sale for human use of diapers, incontinence undergarments, incontinence pads, or incontinence liners from the sales and use tax, etc. Effective Date: 1/1/2020

  • 12/13/2018 SENATE Referred to Commerce and Tourism; Finance and Tax; Appropriations
  • 1/7/2019 SENATE Favorable by Commerce and Tourism; 5 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 1/8/2019 SENATE Now in Finance and Tax
  • 1/15/2019  Bill to be Discussed During the Office of EDR’s Revenue Estimating Impact Conference, 01/18/19, 10:00 am, 117 K (No Votes Will Be Taken)

 

SB 82/ HB 145 Vegetable Gardens  

Sen. Bradley; Rep. Fetterhoff

Vegetable Gardens; Prohibiting local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties except as otherwise provided by law; specifying that such regulations are void and unenforceable, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

SB 82:

  • 12/13/2018 SENATE Referred to Community Affairs; Rules
  • 1/8/2019 SENATE Favorable by Community Affairs; 5 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 1/8/2019 SENATE Now in Rules
  • 3/6/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Rules; 17 Yeas, 0 Nays

HB 145: 

  • 1/9/2019 HOUSE Referred to Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Commerce Committee; State Affairs Committee
  • 1/9/2019 HOUSE Now in Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
  • 1/23/2019 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; 13 Yeas, 1 Nay
  • 1/24/2019 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
  • 1/28/2019 HOUSE Now in Commerce Committee

 

SB 476/ HB 567 Child Restraint Requirements        

Sen. Perry; Rep. Slosberg

Child Restraint Requirements; Increasing the age of children for whom operators of motor vehicles must provide protection by using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device; increasing the age of children for whom a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

SB 476:

  • 2/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Rules

HB 567:

  • 2/6/2019 HOUSE Referred to Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee; Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee
  • 2/6/2019 HOUSE Now in Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee

 

HB 545/ SB 66 Drinking Water in Public Schools

Rep. Jenne; Sen. Cruz

Drinking Water in Public Schools: Requires each school district to locate all drinking water sources in certain schools, install barcode on each source, & install filters that meet certain specifications on all such sources; requires such schools to post certain signage on certain water sources & to publish specified information on school district’s website. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

HB 545:

  • 1/30/2019 HOUSE Referred to PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee; PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee; Education Committee
  • 1/30/2019 HOUSE Now in PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee

SB 66: 

  • 12/13/2018 SENATE Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations

 

At-Risk Youth

HB 115/ SB 124 Dependent Children

Rep. Sirois, Sen. Bean

Dependent Children: Specifies venue in proceedings for appointment of guardian for child who has been adjudicated dependent; authorizes court to receive & consider information provided by Guardian ad Litem Program & child’s attorney ad litem if child is under jurisdiction of dependency court; requires DJJ to notify specified entities & persons of intent to transfer dependent child from commitment facility or program; adds Guardian ad Litem Program as authorized entity to assist with transition-to-adulthood services. Effective Date: upon becoming a law     .

HB 115: 

  • 1/3/2019 HOUSE Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
  • 1/3/2019 HOUSE Now in Civil Justice Subcommittee
  • 3/6/2019 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee; 12 Yeas, 0 Nays

SB 124: 

  • 1/10/2019 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Rules
  • 1/22/2019 SENATE Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 1/22/2019 SENATE Now in Judiciary
  • 2/4/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Judiciary; 6 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/5/2019 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
  • 2/6/2019 SENATE  Now in Rules

 

SB 128/ HB 179 Child Abuse  

Sen. Bean, Rep. Byrd

Child Abuse; Expanding the list of incidents or injuries that constitute harm to a child’s health or welfare to include incidents or injuries resulting from violations of child restraint and seatbelt requirements; requiring the central abuse hotline to accept certain reports or calls for investigation for children who do not live in this state; expanding the types of reports that the Department of Health must refer to Child Protection Teams, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

SB 128: 

  • 1/10/2019 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Criminal Justice; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations
  • 2/19/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; 6 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/20/2019 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
  • 2/22/2019 SENATE Now in Criminal Justice
  • 3/4/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Criminal Justice; 3 Yeas, 2 Nays
  • 3/5/2019 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed

HB 179: 

  • 1/16/2019 HOUSE Referred to Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health & Human Services Committee
  • 1/16/2019 HOUSE Now in Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee
  • 3/6/2019 HOUSE Favorable by Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; 13 Yeas, 0 Nays

 

SB 262/ HB 421 Child Welfare

Sen. Albritton, Rep. Roach

Child Welfare; Providing for the name of a child’s guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem to be entered on court orders in dependency proceedings; requiring cooperation between certain parties and the court to achieve permanency for a child as soon as possible; requiring the court during an adjudicatory hearing to advise parents in plain language of certain requirements to achieve reunification with their child, etc. Effective Date: 10/1/2019

SB 262: 

  • 1/22/2019 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Rules
  • 2/4/2019 SENATE Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/5/2019 SENATE Now in Judiciary
  • 2/19/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Judiciary; 6 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/20/2019 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
  • 2/22/2019 SENATE Now in Rules
  • 3/6/2019 SENATE Favorable by Rules; 17 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 3/6/2019 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

HB 421: 

  • 1/30/2019 HOUSE Referred to Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Health & Human Services Committee
  • 1/30/2019 HOUSE Now in Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee
  • 2/20/2019 HOUSE Favorable by Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; 15 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/21/2019 HOUSE Now in Appropriations Committee

 

SB 540/ HB 851 Human Trafficking    

Sen.Book; Rep. Fitzenhagen

Human Trafficking; Requiring the owner or operator of a public lodging establishment to train certain employees and create certain policies relating to human trafficking by a specified date; requiring the Department of Children and Families, in consultation with the Department of Law Enforcement and the Attorney General, to establish a certain direct-support organization; requiring that the criminal history record of a person who is convicted of, or enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring another to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation be added to the Soliciting for Prostitution Registry, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

SB 540: 

  • 2/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Criminal Justice; Community Affairs; Appropriations
  • 2/19/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Criminal Justice; 4 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/20/2019 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
  • 2/22/2019 SENATE Now in Community Affairs

HB 851:

  • 2/20/2019 HOUSE Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Judiciary Committee
  • 2/20/2019 HOUSE Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee

 

Community Safety

 

HB 107 Use of Wireless Communications Devices while Driving 

Rep. Toledo

Use of Wireless Communications Devices while Driving: Revises short title & legislative intent; prohibits person from operating motor vehicle while using wireless communications device for purpose of nonvoice or voice interpersonal communication; redefines term “wireless communications device” to include voice communications; requires deposit of fines into Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund; removes provision requiring that enforcement be accomplished only as secondary action. Effective Date: October 1, 2019

  • 1/3/2019 HOUSE Referred to Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; State Affairs Committee
  • 1/3/2019 HOUSE Now in Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee

 

SB 76   Driving While Distracted   

Sen. Simpson

Driving While Distracted; Designating the “Florida Driving While Distracted Law”; defining the term “driving while distracted”; prohibiting a person from operating a motor vehicle when driving while distracted; revising crash results for which a user’s billing records for a wireless communications device or the testimony of or written statements from certain authorities are admissible as evidence, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2019

  • 12/13/2018 SENATE Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Judiciary; Rules
  • 2/19/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Infrastructure and Security; 8 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/21/2019 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
  • 2/22/2019 SENATE Now in Innovation, Industry, and Technology
  • 3/6/2019 SENATE Favorable with CS by Innovation, Industry, and Technology; 9 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 3/7/2019 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed

 

Education

HB 73/ SB 114 High School Graduation Requirements, Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act

Rep. Fetterhoff; Sen. Hutson

High School Graduation Requirements: Revises requirements for Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to include financial literacy; revises required credits for standard high school diploma to include one-half credit of instruction in personal financial literacy & money management & seven & one-half, rather than eight, credits in electives. Effective Date: July 1,

HB 73: 

  • 1/3/2019 HOUSE Referred to PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee; PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee; Education Committee
  • 1/3/2019 HOUSE Now in PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee

SB 114: 

  • 1/10/2019 SENATE Referred to Education; Rules
  • 2/5/2019 SENATE Favorable by Education; 8 Yeas, 0 Nays
  • 2/5/2019 SENATE Now in Rules
  • 2/20/2019 SENATE Temporarily postponed by Rules