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Emergency Legislative Update – Information about House and Senate Bills

EMERGENCY LEGISLATIVE MEETING

BILL DESCRIPTIONS AND CONTACTS

 

BILLS WE OPPOSE

SB 84 - RETIREMENT - INTRODUCED TO SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

  • REQUIRES ALL NEW HIRES AFTER JULY 1, 2022 TO JOIN FRS INVESTMENT PLAN
  • CREATES VACUUM FOR INCOME INTO CURRENT FRS PENSION PLAN
  • WOULD EFFECTIVELY DIMINISH AVAILABLE PENSION PAY-OUTS FOR FUTURE RETIREES

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!

 

SB 78 – DUES AND UNIFORM ASSESSMENTS - ON AGENDA - SENATE RULES COMMITTEE (RELATED TO HB 947)

  • ANNUAL RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP W/EMPLOYER VERIFICATION
  • RIGHT TO WORK ACKNOWKEDGEMENT, NO REASON FOR DROP
  • AFFECTS ALL PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS (INCLUDES FIRST RESPONDERS)
  • UNWANTED, UNNEEDED GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT – EMPLOYEE CAN MAKE OWN DECISIONS

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!

 

HB 947 - DUES AND UNIFORM ASSESSMENTS - ON AGENDA - HOUSE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (RELATED TO SB 78)

  • ANNUAL RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP W/ EMPLOYER VERIFICATION
  • RIGHT TO WORK ACKNOWKEDGEMENT, NO REASON FOR DROP
  • AFFECTS ALL PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS (INCLUDES FIRST RESPONDERS)
  • UNWANTED, UNNEEDED GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT – EMPLOYEE CAN MAKE OWN DECISIONS

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE HOUSE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!

 

SB 1014 – EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS - NOT ON ANY AGENDA CURRENTLY (RELATED TO HB 835)

  • INCLUDES MOST ALL PROVISIONS OF SB 78 EXCEPT IT TARGETS EDUCATION UNITS ONLY!
  • INCLUDES BOTH INSTRUCTIONAL AND SRP REACH 50% + 1 DENSITY LEVEL BY DECEMBER 31
  • GIVES P.E.R.C. THE AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE SUBMISSIONS AND REVOKE CERTIFICATIONS
  • DISALLOWS DUES DEDUCTIONS BY EMPLOYER

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ALL SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!

(PASCO SENATORS BURGESS, HOOPER AND SIMPSON WILL GET THIS MESSAGE!)

 

HB 835 - EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS - ON AGENDA - HOUSE GOV’T. OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (RELATED TO SB 1014)

  • INCLUDES MOST ALL PROVISIONS OF SB 78 EXCEPT IT TARGETS EDUCATION UNITS ONLY!
  • INCLUDES BOTH INSTRUCTIONAL AND SRP REACH 50% + 1 DENSITY LEVEL BY DECEMBER 31
  • GIVES P.E.R.C. THE AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE SUBMISSIONS AND REVOKE CERTIFICATIONS
  • DISALLOWS DUES DEDUCTIONS BY EMPLOYER

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS COMMITTEE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!

(PASCO REPRESENTATIVE ZIKA WILL GET THIS MESSAGE)

 

SB 48 – EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS - ON SENATE FLOOR

  • COMBINES 5 VOUCHER PROGRAMS INTO 2 (MCKAY-GARDINER & FL K-12 ED FUNDING TAX CREDIT PROGRAM (EFTCP)
  • EXPANDS USAGE FOR VOUCHER PROGRAMS
  • RAISES FAMILY INCOME LEVEL FOR QUALIFYING TO $80,000/YEAR (300% OF POVERTY)
  • MOVES FUNDING INTO FEFP WHICH ERODES PUBLIC EDUCATION DOLLARS AVAILABLE TO DISTRICTS
  • ALLOWS COLLEGE PRE-PAID TO COME FROM VOUCHER FUNDS
  • DEFERS AVAILABLE FUNDS FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHO ARE FACING MORE CHALLENGES THAN EVER

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ALL SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!

 

BILLS WE SUPPORT

SB 886 - COVID-19 IMPACT ON SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY – ON AGENDA - APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

  • PROVIDES THAT SCHOOL GRADES, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RATINGS AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE RESULTS FROM STATE TESTING IN 2020-2021 CANNOT BE USED FOR:
    • SCHOOL TURNAROUND OPTIONS
    • CHARTER SCHOOL AND HIGH-PERFORMING DESIGNATIONS
    • 3RD GRADE RETENTION
    • HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
    • TEACHER EVALUATIONS

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “YES” ON THIS BILL!

 

SB 1310 - RETIREMENT (FRS COLA) - ON AGENDA - SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

  • RESTORES THE COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENTS THAT WERE REMOVED FROM FRS IN 2011
  • EMPLOYEES IN THE FRS PENSION PLAN AND WHO RETIRE OR RETIRED AFTER JULY 1, 2011, SHALL RECEIVE AN ANNUAL COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) OF NOT LESS THAN 2%
    • THIS APPLIES TO BOTH THOSE WHO ARE CURRENTLY RETIRED WITHIN THE DATES SPECIFIED ABOVE AS WELL AS THE RETIREMENT OF THOSE WHO ARE STILL WORKING BUT EARNED FRS CREDIT PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2011

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “YES” ON THIS BILL!

 

SB 1782 – CONTRACTS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL – ON AGENDA – SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

  • PROVIDES DEFINITION OF “EXTENDED CONTRACT”
  • ALLOWS SCHOOL BOARDS TO OFFER EXTENDED CONTRACTS OF UP TO 3 YEARS
  • COULD EFFECTIVELY REPLACE “ANNUAL CONTRACT”

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
AND TELL THEM TO VOTE “YES” ON THIS BILL!

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