Legislative Updates

Bills of Interest

The ELCHC promotes strong families, and access to affordable, quality early learning experiences for all children in Hillsborough County, with special emphasis on those who are the most vulnerable and in need.

The ELCHC works collaboratively with other state and local child and family serving entities to advance policy solutions and investments for the development of young children and their families.

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2018 Legislative Info & Updates

The 2018 Florida State Legislative Session will convene on
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

2018 Legislative Session Dates

February 24, 2018
All bills are immediately certified.  Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day.

February 27, 2018 – 50th day
Last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings

March 9, 2018 – 60th day
Last day of Regular Session

Governor Rick Scott recommends $1.1 billion for Florida Early Learning 

Proposed Early Education Bills

School Readiness

SB 1254 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) and its House companion HB 1091 by Rep. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) seek to reinforce and strengthen accountability measures in the publicly funded School Readiness program. The bills also restore local flexibility in determining eligibility so that early learning coalitions can prioritize children at greatest risk of school failure within communities. HB 1091 passed the full House on March 1st. SB 1254 was reported favorably by the Appropriations Committee, its last committee of reference, on March 2nd. 

Early Childhood Music Education

SB 654 by Sen. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) extends the scheduled expiration of the Early Childhood Education Pilot Program. The bill passed favorably in the full Senate on March 2nd. A House companion has not been filed and unless language is amended onto an existing bill, made part of a committee bill, or addressed through the budget process, this bill will likely die.