Capitol Connection
This marked the second week of the 2023 Regular Legislative Session and both chambers began to move significant priority legislation of the Florida Alliance of Children’s Councils & Trusts. On Monday, March 13th,  SB 246 Florida Kidcare Program Eligibility was introduced by Senator Alexis Calatayud, (R- Miami) in the Senate Committee on Health Policy where it passed unanimously.  Monday afternoon also saw SB 676 Background Screenings introduced by Senator Erin Grall, (R- Ft. Pierce) which also passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. On Tuesday, March 14th, SB 990 Child Care and Early Learning Providers by Senator Erin Grall, (R- Ft. Pierce) was also introduced and received unanimous support from the Senate Committee on Education Pre-K -12. Additionally, on Thursday, March 16th, HB 121 Florida Kidcare Program Eligibility by Representative Robin Bartleman, (D- Weston) passed unanimously out of the House Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee.

Furthermore, there was major movement in the House with HB 1 School Choice, by Representative Kaylee Tuck, (R-Lake Placid) passing out of the House and now in messages to the Senate. Its companion SB 202 K-12 Education by Senator Corey Simon, (R- Tallahassee) passed out of its final committee the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Thursday, March 16th, and is poised to be taken up on the Senate floor.
Until next time!
The Florida Alliance of Children’s Councils & Trusts
Healthy Development
Early Learning
K-12 Education
Out-Of-School Time Programs
Children With Disabilities
Child Protection
Juvenile Justice
Economic Self-Sufficiency
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