FASP Public Policy & Professional Relations

FASP Public Policy & Professional Relations

The responsibility of the committee is to further public knowledge of school psychology and FASP, to promote FASP among its members and the public, and to facilitate communication of information within and outside the FASP membership.

Mary Alice Myers, FASP Public Policy & Professional Relations Chair

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In the News:
Major school vouchers bill moves forward in Florida Senate
TV - Jacksonville (WJXT) - 2/18/2021

House panel reviews Ron DeSantis’ sweeping pandemic regulatory changes
Florida Politics - 2/17/2021

Florida House backs moment of silence in schools, sponsor says kids growing up now 'have issues'
Tallahassee Democrat - 2/17/2021

AFP, LIBRE Initiative launch ad campaign supporting school choice bill
Florida Politics - 2/17/2021

Florida lawmakers gave DeSantis total power over pandemic aid. Now they want it back.
Politico - 2/16/2021

Moment Of Silence In Schools Backed In Florida House
CBS Miami - 2/16/2021

Disaster sales tax holiday clears first committee despite revenue squeeze
Florida Politics - 2/16/2021

Senate eyes limiting state dollars for salaries at child-welfare, mental-health groups
TV - Jacksonville (WJXT) - 2/16/2021

FL Legislature 2021: Working families caught between economic crisis and pandemic
Florida Phoenix - 2/10/2021

Pandemic puts brakes on dozens of road projects
Florida Politics - 2/10/2021

Winn-Dixie, Publix, Walmart Announce COVID-19 Vaccination Details
TV - Orlando News 13 - 2/9/2021

Florida’s legion of ‘phantom students’ could lead to funding cuts
TV - Jacksonville (WJXT) - 2/9/2021

Union dues bill on Florida Senate fast track
TV - Jacksonville (WJXT) - 2/9/2021

Teachers Knock On Doors Looking For Students Who've Disappeared From Online Learning
WJCT Jacksonville - 2/9/2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Chief Of Staff To Lead Broward Hospital System
CBS Miami - 2/8/2021

Rubio and Scott Confront New Reality in Senate Minority
TV - Orlando News 13 - 2/8/2021

‘An excuse to make it harder for everyday citizens to have their voices heard’
Florida Phoenix - 2/8/2021

Bill(s) We Are Tracking:

NOTE: If you would like to access any of the bills FASP is tracking, click the following link, select Senate or House, and enter the bill number of interest - www.leg.state.fl.us

Number Title Sponsor Last Action
HB 0011 Limitation on Terms of Office for Members of a District School Board Sabatini 01-15-2021
SB 0048 Educational Scholarship Programs Diaz 02-19-2021
HB 0061 Percentage of Elector Votes Required to Approve Constitutional Amendment or Revision Roth 01-15-2021
HB 0063 First Aid for Severe Bleeding Grieco 01-15-2021
HB 0071 Recognizing Veteran Suicide Willhite 02-16-2021
HB 0075 Feminine Hygiene Products in Public Schools Grieco 01-15-2021
SB 0078 Dues and Uniform Assessments Rodrigues (R) 02-18-2021
HB 0085 Homestead Assessment Limitation Rizo 01-28-2021
HB 0087 Homestead Assessments Rizo 01-28-2021
HB 0099 Use of Epinephrine Auto-injectors on Public K-20 Campuses Gottlieb 01-15-2021
HB 0105 Required Instruction in the History of the Holocaust and of African Americans Thompson 01-20-2021
HB 0131 Educator Conduct Duggan 01-20-2021
HB 0149 Students with Disabilities in Public Schools DuBose 01-20-2021
HB 0157 K-12 Physical Health Requirements Hawkins 01-20-2021
SB 0160 Prescriptive Authority Certification for Psychologists Brandes 12-09-2020
HB 0173 Individual Education Plan Requirements for Students with Disabilities Tant 01-20-2021
SB 0174 School Safety Funding Cruz 12-15-2020
SB 0180 Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Berman 12-15-2020
SB 0192 Students with Disabilities in Public Schools Book 12-15-2020
SB 0198 Solar Schools Berman 01-22-2021
HB 0199 Students With Limited English Proficiency Valdes 01-22-2021
SB 0200 Student Retention Berman 02-04-2021
HB 0211 Students Leaving School Grounds Slosberg 01-22-2021
HB 0225 Dyslexia Trabulsy 01-22-2021
HB 0227 School Protocols During a COVID-19 State of Emergency Hinson 01-22-2021
HB 0233 Postsecondary Education Roach 02-19-2021
HB 0241 Parents' Bill of Rights Grall 01-22-2021
SB 0242 Student Health Services Book 12-21-2020
SB 0250 First Aid for Severe Bleeding Pizzo 12-21-2020
SB 0258 Internship Tax Credit Program Jones 02-18-2021
SB 0264 Higher Education Rodrigues (R) 02-11-2021
SB 0280 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training in Public Schools Baxley 02-17-2021
SB 0282 Moments of Silence in Public Schools Baxley 02-03-2021
SB 0300 Student Eligibility Requirements for State Financial Aid Awards and Tuition Assistance Grants Taddeo 01-11-2021
HB 0321 Employment After Retirement Of School District Personnel McFarland 02-03-2021
HB 0335 Medical Marijuana Public Employee Protection Duran 02-03-2021
HB 0357 Photographic Enforcement of School Zone Speed Limits Duran 02-03-2021
HB 0359 COVID-19 Impact on School Accountability Bartleman 02-03-2021
HB 0383 Involuntary Examinations of Minors Plasencia 02-08-2021
SB 0410 Materials Harmful To Minors Rodriguez (A) 01-15-2021
SB 0432 Gardiner Scholarship Perry 01-15-2021
HB 0453 Student Mental Health Silvers 02-08-2021
HB 0507 Education Rizo 02-08-2021
HB 0517 School Meals Morales 02-08-2021
HB 0519 Required Health Education Instruction Yarborough 02-08-2021
HB 0529 Moments of Silence in Public Schools Fine 02-16-2021
SB 0538 Use of Epinephrine Auto-injectors on Public K-20 Campuses Polsky 02-17-2021
SB 0554 Human Trafficking Education in Schools Thurston, Jr. 01-21-2021
HB 0559 Computer Science Instruction in Elementary Schools Hawkins 02-18-2021
HB 0573 Fiduciary Duty of Care for Appointed Public Officials and Executive Officers Beltran 02-18-2021
SB 0582 Parental Rights Rodrigues (R) 01-21-2021
SB 0590 Involuntary Examinations of Minors Harrell 02-16-2021
SB 0598 Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Perry 02-18-2021
SB 0610 Collective Bargaining for Instructional Personnel Stewart 01-28-2021
HB 0611 Civic Literacy Education Diamond 02-18-2021
SB 0624 Guidance Services Bracy 01-28-2021
HB 0655 Private School Eligibility Requirements for Participation in Educational Scholarship Programs Eskamani 02-18-2021
HB 0687 Prescriptive Authority Certification for Psychologists Alexander 02-18-2021
SB 0690 Prohibited Counseling Services Polsky 01-28-2021
SB 0692 Medical Marijuana Public Employee Protection Polsky 01-28-2021
SB 0714 Resource Information for Individuals with Disabilities Taddeo 01-28-2021
SB 0724 Education Taddeo 01-28-2021
SB 0726 Individual Education Plan Requirements for Students with Disabilities Taddeo 01-28-2021
HB 0745 School Bus Safety Slosberg 02-18-2021
SB 0784 Legislature Cruz 01-28-2021
HB 0793 Measurement of Student Performance Bell 02-05-2021
SB 0814 Air-conditioning Systems in School Buses Hutson 02-04-2021
SB 0818 Mental Health Professionals Burgess 02-04-2021
SB 0834 Drinking Water in Public Schools Cruz 02-04-2021
SB 0850 Mental Health Assistance Allocation Powell 02-04-2021
SB 0858 Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Taddeo 02-04-2021
SB 0886 COVID-19 Impact on School Accountability Thurston, Jr. 02-04-2021
SB 0918 Education Bradley 02-04-2021
HB 0935 Youth Gender and Sexual Identity Sabatini 02-11-2021
HB 0941 Mental Health Counseling and Evaluations Garrison 02-11-2021
HB 0951 Reporting of School Safety Issues Daley 02-11-2021
HB 0955 Mental Health Treatment and Examinations Gottlieb 02-12-2021
HB 0985 Digital Learning for Low-income Students Shoaf 02-15-2021
SB 1000 Part-time Public School Enrollment Baxley 02-10-2021
SB 1014 Employee Organizations Baxley 02-10-2021
SB 1016 Digital Learning Baxley 02-10-2021
SB 1024 Increasing Access to Mental Health Care Brodeur 02-10-2021
HB 1025 Student Retention Skidmore 02-16-2021
HB 1027 Opening Remarks at High School Athletic Events Barnaby 02-16-2021
SB 1050 School Bus Safety Berman 02-10-2021
HB 1073 Student Mental Health Woodson 02-17-2021
SB 1094 Required Health Education Instruction Bean 02-10-2021
SB 1158 School Attendance Rouson 02-18-2021
SB 1180 District School Board Member Salaries Rodrigues (R) 02-18-2021
SB 1228 Education Diaz 02-18-2021
SB 1266 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Memorial Day Book 02-12-2021
SB 1284 Reporting of School Safety Issues Jones 02-15-2021
SB 1410 Student Mental Health Jones 02-18-2021
HB 6001 Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms Sabatini 01-15-2021
HB 6003 Vaccinations During Public Health Emergencies Sabatini 01-15-2021
HB 6005 Restrictions on Firearms and Ammunition During Emergencies Sabatini 01-15-2021
HB 6055 Carrying a Concealed Weapon or Firearm in a Legislative Meeting Sabatini 02-18-2021
HB 6075 Required Publication of Local Board Meeting Minutes Shoaf 02-10-2021


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FASP Outstanding Legislators Awardees

1999 Senator Lisa Carlton
2000 Representative Gustavo Barriero
2001 Senator Anna Cowin
2002 Senator Walter “Skip” Campbell
2003 Representative Loranne Ausley
2003 Representative Suzanne Kozmas
2004 Representative Rafael Arza
2005 Senator Evelyn Lynn
2005 Representative Eleanor Sobel
2006 Representative Joe Pickens
2007 Senator Carey Baker and Representative Hugh Gibson
2008 Representative Nick Thompson
2009 Senator Stephen R. Wise
2010 Representative Bill Heller
2013 Senator Dwight Bullard
2013 Representative Reggie Fullwood
2014 Senator "Bill" Montford
2017-2018 Representative Gayle Harrell
2018 Senator Kathleen Passidomo
2019 Senator Kelli Stargel
2020 Representative Jennifer Necole Webb

Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to Children
2009 - Senator Eleanor Sobel

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