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

A bill relating to Early Learning Coalitions, SB 1532, was filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) with the House companion, HB 1175 by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan (R-Eustis) that authorizes an early learning coalition to terminate a contract with School Readiness program providers for a class I health and safety violation. SB 1532 has not yet been referred to committees. HB 1175 was reported favorably in the PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee on January 17, 2018.