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Weekly Legislative Update from March 11, 2018


HB 323 & SB 88-High School Graduation Requirements

On Tuesday, March 6th, HB 323 by Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Fort Myers) was laid on the table and substituted with SB 88, by Senator Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange). SB 88 was amended on the House floor to reflect the House version of the bill which makes the financial literacy course optional to students rather than a requirement to graduate. AIF supported the Senate version of the bill throughout its committee hearings and the provision making financial literacy a mandatory requirement for students to graduate.

 On Wednesday, March 7th, SB 88 was read for a third time on the House floor and passed by vote 117 yeas to 0 nays. SB 88 was sent back to the Senate as amended for consideration.

On Friday, March 9th, the Senate refused to concur on SB 88, the Senate sponsor stating that the amended version of the bill was unrecognizable from the original intent she had for the bill. The Senate sponsor moved that the House recede. SB 88 remains in returning messages to the House.

AIF SUPPORTS legislation that provides students the tools to learn about relevant, and real-life subjects that will prepare them for the workforce in the future.