2020 Legislative Session

Bills We’re Watching

The below list does not include all of the bills our lobbyists are actively monitoring but focuses on the ones that stand to impact you and your students the most. The list will undoubtedly change in the weeks ahead; this is not meant to be a static list.

Clicking on any of the bills below will take you to that bill’s page where you can find all of the most up-to-date information on the bill including FEA talking points.

Interested in a bill that’s not on the below list? Click here learn more on how you can receive real-time updates on any bill of interest to you.

Bills We Support 

  • HB 643 — Creates a remedy to ensure inclusion of prekindergarten teachers in the definition of Instructional Personnel
  • HB 819/SB 1320 — Requires a university to waive the cost of fees for certain Graduate Assistants
  • SJR 1364 — Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, limits DOE’s ability to interfere in collective bargaining between the local union and school boards to set wages, hours, and terms & conditions for school employees
  • SR 964 — Recognizes the hard work of Educational Staff Professionals through a resolution
  • SB 486 — Repeals the Best & Brightest bonuses for both teachers and principals
  • HB 929 — Requires parents to provide written consent for students to participate in district-required local assessments and statewide assessments such as the FSA
  • HB 1359 –Provides the opportunity for annual contract teachers to receive a multi-year contract

Bills We Oppose

  • HB 1/SB 804 –Requires union members to rejoin their union every year
  • HJR 157/ SJR 1216 –Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to provide school board term limits
  • SB 360 –Limits local decision making in regard to spending
  • HB 613–Requires each college and university to annually survey students on intellectual freedom and diversity on campus and requires the Board of Governors and State Board of Education to annually publish a report of findings with the intent of limiting academic freedom
  • SB 1400Adopts the Governor’s minimum base salary requirement for teachers to $47,500, and expands the Florida Tax Credit voucher eligibility from 185% to 300% of the federal poverty level
  • HB 6001 –Repeal the ban on campus carry for Florida’s colleges and universities allowing guns on campus

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