November 1-5, 1999
The House and Senate met for a week of interim committee meetings beginning Monday, November 1st. The SUS lobbyists met on Tuesday afternoon for an update on the status of SUS budgetary and substantive legislative issues for the 2000 session.
The SUS naming bill (which did not pass last year due to last minute amendments) will be sponsored in the Senate by Senators Jim King (R, Jacksonville) and Buddy Dyer (D, Orlando). Sponsorship in the House is still under consideration. UNF has one issue in the bill: the John and Geraldine Hayt Golf Management and Learning Center.
The list of federal priorities for the SUS needs to be finalized in January. It is the Board’s present intention to proceed with awarding the federal lobbying contract to JCP Associates, the original successful bidder. At this time, all but three projects on the current SUS federal priorities list have been funded, and there is a substantial likelihood of further success.
On Wednesday, the House Colleges & Universities Committee, chaired by Representative Bob Casey (R, Gainesville) took up the issue of alcohol and drug use on university campuses. Florida Student Association Executive Director Kevin Mayeux and Regents Steve Uhlfelder and Jim Heekin addressed the committee. The students support funding in the 2000 session for additional education and counselor positions to address this issue. Regents Uhlfelder and Heekin expressed support for the students’ proposal and stated that approximately $983,000 in additional funding would be needed to ensure adequate programs and counselors at all 10 universities. Both stressed to the committee that no substantive legislation in this area was needed at this time. The regents support each university developing their own policies with input from student leadership.
The Director of the State Board of Community Colleges presented their 2000 legislative budget request to the Senate Education Budget Subcommittee, and there was a joint presentation with the SUS on the FACTS system (the Florida Academic Career Tracking System which received funding in 1999).
Word is that someone (?) wants the prohibition for a resigning or terminated president from getting a tenured position at the university back in statute. (This prohibition was removed in 1998 in HB 4259 which also reduced the regents’ terms from 6 to 4 years – the terms were then restored to 6 years in 1999 legislation).
Below is a list of certain prefiled House and Senate bills that may be of interest to you. I have included the URL for each bill so that you can track its progress. Please call me for copies of bills or any other information we may be able to provide. I will update this report following the December 7-9 interim committee schedule.
PREFILED LEGISLATION OF INTEREST
SB 68 by Diaz-Balart - Universities/FIU & FAMU Law Schools
Authorizes college of law at Florida International University & Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University; provides duties of Board of Regents & others; provides authority to accept grants & other available funds. EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon becoming law.
09/07/99 SENATE Prefiled
09/21/99 SENATE Referred to Education; Fiscal Policy
SB 198 by Comprehensive Planning, Local and Military Affairs – Emergency Management
Prescribes duties of Board of Regents re identifying public hurricane evacuation shelter space on certain campuses; requires submission of capital improvements program; revises condition precedent to requirement for specified building construction standards; requires DMS to incorporate public hurricane evacuation shelter provisions into lease agreements for state agencies, etc. Amends 240.295, 252.373,.385,.51. APPROPRIATION: $5,200,000. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2000.
10/06/99 SENATE Prefiled
10/15/99 SENATE Referred to Comprehensive Planning, Local and Military Affairs; Fiscal Policy
SB 208 by Governmental Oversight and Productivity – Governmental Software/Copyright
Abrogates repeal of specific provision which prescribes regulations governing data processing software & electronic recordkeeping systems used or created by governmental
agencies; provides for future repeal of specific provision which authorizes agency to sell or license copyrighted software to any other public or private entity & establish license fees. Abrogates repeal of 119.083; repeals 119.083(2). EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon becoming law.
10/06/99 SENATE Prefiled
10/15/99 SENATE Referred to Governmental Oversight and Productivity; Fiscal Policy
SB 284 by Campbell – Culpable Negligence/Financial Injury
Provides definitions; specifies offense of culpable negligence causing public financial injury; specifies elements of offense; provides penalties; requires certain notice in certain state contracts; specifies that failure to provide such notice does not constitute defense to offense; provides for prosecuting such offenses; provides applicability. Creates 812.0301. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2000.
10/21/99 SENATE Prefiled
11/05/99 SENATE Referred to Criminal Justice; Fiscal Policy
SB 292 by Sullivan - Math & Science Teacher Education Program
Authorizes mathematics & science teacher-education program; provides program purpose, required components, & resource allocation; creates nongovernmental organization to plan & implement program for mathematics & science teacher education; requires certain additions to professional development programs; authorizes salary bonus for teachers who complete certain training programs, etc. Amends 229.592, 231.600, 236.08106,.685; creates 231.6015, 240.149. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2000.
10/25/99 SENATE Prefiled
GRR00-02 "Florida Customer Service Standards Act"
(More information forthcoming)
HB 5 by Heyman, Gottlieb and Rojas – Beverage Law/Underage Students
Provides exemption for giving or serving to certain underage students alcoholic beverages that are delivered as part of required curriculum at accredited institution; provides exemption for possession of alcoholic beverages by underage students in specified circumstances. Amends 562.11,.111. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2000.
08/09/99 HOUSE Prefiled
08/30/99 HOUSE Referred to Regulated Services (CAC); Judiciary (CJC);
Colleges & Universities (AEC)
10/22/99 HOUSE On Committee agenda-- Regulated Services (CAC), 11/02/99,
3:15 pm, 212-H
11/02/99 HOUSE Comm. Action: Favorable by Regulated Services (CAC); YEAS 7
11/03/99 HOUSE Now in Judiciary (CJC)
HB 101 by Sanderson – Optional Retirement Program/FRS
Provides for optional retirement program for all members of Florida Retirement System; amends provisions to conform to act. Creates 121.355; amends 112.363, 121.081. EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon becoming law.
09/03/99 HOUSE Prefiled
09/17/99 HOUSE Referred to Governmental Operations (PRC); Finance & Taxation
(FRC); General Appropriations (FRC)
HB 125 by Tullis – Release of Employee Information
Provides duties of current & former employers re background investigation of applicant for employment or appointment as full-time, part-time, or auxiliary law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer; requires submission of authorization to release information form & provides requirements re thereto; provides penalty for noncompliance. EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon becoming law.
09/10/99 HOUSE Prefiled
09/23/99 HOUSE Referred to Judiciary (CJC); Governmental Operations (PRC);
Law Enforcement & Crime Prevention (CRC)
10/22/99 HOUSE On Committee agenda-- Judiciary (CJC), 11/02/99, 1:00 pm,
11/02/99 HOUSE Comm. Action: Favorable with 1 amendment(s) by Judiciary
(CJC); YEAS 5 NAYS 0
11/04/99 HOUSE Now in Governmental Operations (PRC)
HB 173 by Levine – Public Officers’ Travel Expenses
Increases amount allowed for meals for public officers' & employees while traveling on public business; reenacts certain provision re reporting of gifts. Amends 112.061; reenacts 112.3148. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2000.
09/22/99 HOUSE Prefiled
10/08/99 HOUSE Referred to Governmental Operations (PRC); Rules & Calendar
(PC); Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations (FRC)
10/22/99 HOUSE On Committee agenda-- Governmental Operations (PRC),
11/03/99, 1:00 pm, 317-C
11/03/99 HOUSE Comm. Action: Favorable by Governmental Operations (PRC);
YEAS 6 NAYS 0
11/04/99 HOUSE Now in Rules & Calendar (PC)
HB 219 by Constantine – Florida Building Code
Provides legislative intent re Florida Building Code. EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon becoming law.
10/05/99 HOUSE Prefiled
10/21/99 HOUSE Referred to Community Affairs (PRC); Business Regulation & Consumer Affairs (CAC); Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations (FRC)
HB 277 by Miller – Transition To Teaching Pilot Program
Creates said program with intent of addressing need of high-poverty school districts for teachers; provides procedures for applying to participate in program; provides for award of stipends; requires Education Commissioner to distribute awards equitably; requires program participant to serve in high-poverty school district for 3 years; provides funding for award of stipends; provides for program evaluation; authorizes adoption of rules, etc. APPROPRIATION: $13,500,000. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2000.
10/11/99 HOUSE Prefiled
10/21/99 HOUSE Referred to Education/K-12 (AEC); Governmental Rules &
Regulations (PRC); Education Appropriations (FRC)