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Bills We're Watching This Session

HJR 157 – School Board Term Limits

Talking Points

  • The ultimate form of term limits comes at the ballot box. If voters want their school board members to serve only eight years they are fully capable of making that decision for themselves.
  • While term limits for school board members might sound good, there could be some unintended consequences for voters. The true intent is to further weaken school boards’ power to shift local control up to the state level.
  • As with most new education regulations discussed in the Legislature, this bill has no mention of charter schools or voucher schools. If legislators truly believed in the importance of limiting the service of board members, they would apply the rule to all schools receiving public funds.

Updated Information 

House Joint Resolution 157, filed by Anthony Sabatini and Matt Willhite and co-sponsored by Mike Hill and Will Robinson would place a constitutional amendment on the ballot for all Floridians to vote on. Specifically, the amendment would limit school board members to serving only two terms (eight years) in office.

What’s Next

Having passes the House, the bill must now also pass the senate before being sent to Governor DeSantis’s desk. Once approved by the governor, the question of school board term limits will be placed on the ballot for Florida’s voters to decide whether or not to amend the Constitution. 

Companion Bill

SJR 1216 is the companion bill.

Vote History

  • 1/29/2020 House Oversight, Transparency, and Public Management Subcommittee: 10-5
  • 1/21/2020 House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee 13-4 in favor
  • 2/06/20 House Education Committee Voted 11-4 in favor 
  • 2/20/20 House of Representatives voted 79-39 in favor

Our Position

We oppose this bill.

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