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DOE 2007 Session Legislative Implementation Overview

This chart represents the legislative bills that have passed during the 2007 legislative session that affect and/or have an impact on the Department of Education. Included in this chart is a link to the final bill text and the DOE Bill Summary. Located under the Additional Information section is DOE contact information as well as a link to the Bill Summary and other DOE notifications/documents related to that legislation.

Bill# Title Sponsor Last Action Timelines/Implementation Highlights Additional Information
Bill # is a link to the final version of the bill text Title of the bill Name of the bill sponsor The last action that was taken on the bill General actions that are required by the legislation Contact information for DOE staff and a link to the bill summary; links to memos and Technical Assistance Papers (TAPs) are forthcoming
0002 Unattended Child in Motor Vehicle Senator Dawson

Co-Sponsor
Representative Gibbons
06/20/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 07/01/2007. Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 24KB)
0108 Minority & Underrepresented Student Achievement Senator Hill

Co-Sponsor Representative Reed
06/15/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 07/01/2007.

Work with school districts to identify minority and underrepresented students for participation in AP or other advanced courses.

Work with school districts and provide information to students and parents which explains available opportunities for the student to take AP and other advanced courses and describes enrollment procedures that the student must follow in order to enroll in such courses.

Provide information to students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, districts, community colleges, and state universities regarding PSAT/NMSQT or PLAN administration.

Adeola Fayemi
Director
K-20 Office of Equity and Access
(850) 245-9555
E-mail:

Bill Summary (PDF, 47KB)

0139 Suicide Prevention Representative Gibson, III (H)

Co-Sponsor Senator Lynn
05/22/07- Approved by the Governor Effective Date: 07/01/2007.

The annual report is due to the Governor and Legislature January 1, 2008, and each year thereafter, from the suicide prevention council.

The Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council shall meet at least quarterly or upon the call of the chair.
Bambi Lockman
Chief
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
(850) 245-0475
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 40KB)
0343 Student Financial Assistance/Need-based Students Representative Bean

Co-Sponsor Senator Wise
06/13/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 07/01/2007.

The act stipulates that all institutions participating in the Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant Program must submit a report detailing to whom the funds were granted each academic term, and return any remaining funds to the Department of Education by June 1 of each year.

The act specifies that any institution receiving funds from FWEP must certify to the Department of Education the amount of funds disbursed to each student within 30 days of the end of each term.
Theresa Antworth
Director
State Scholarships and Grants
(850) 410-5185
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 50KB)
Technical Assistance Paper (PDF, 66KB)
Memo (PDF, 258KB)
0412 Education/Children of POWs or MIAs Senator Baker

Co-Sponsor Representative Jordan
06/19/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 07/01/2007.

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406 E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 23KB)

0420 State Retirement Programs Senator Lawson Jr.

Co-Sponsor Representative Simmons
06/13/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 07/01/2007.

July 1, 2003 - December 31, 2008 Any participant of the State Community College Optional Retirement Program who has service in the defined benefit plan of the Florida Retirement System may transfer the present value of the accumulated benefit obligation.

January 2, 2008 - December 31, 2008 Except for employees who are mandatory participants of the State University System Optional Retirement Program, an employee who has elected to participate in the State University Optional Retirement Program has one opportunity to transfer from this program to the defined benefit plan of the Florida Retirement System or to the Public Employee Optional Retirement Program, subject to the terms of the applicable contracts of the State University System Optional Retirement Program.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 39KB)
0450 Florida Teachers Lead Program Stipend/Pre-K Senator Rich

Co-Sponsor Representative Vana
05/24/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: 07/01/2007.

The stipend will be allocated to eligible teachers no later than September 30, 2007.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 23KB)
0461 High School Athletics/Drug Testing Representative Llorente

Co-Sponsor Senator Villalobos
06/19/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

The results of the program must be reported to the President of Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by October 1, 2008, by Florida High School Athletic Association.

Section 1006.20(10), F.S., is repealed on October 2, 2008, unless saved from repeal by an act of the legislature.
Kate Kemker
Chief
Bureau of Instruction and Innovation
(850) 245-9868
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 41KB)
0463 Pub. Rec./Drug Test/High School Athletics Representative Llorente

Co-Sponsor Senator Villalobos
06/19/07- Approved by the Governor Effective Date: 07/01/2007 if HB 461 is signed into law.

The act is repealed on October 2, 2012, unless saved from repeal by an act of the legislature.
Kate Kemker
Chief
Bureau of Instruction and Innovation
(850) 245-9868
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 34KB)
0509 Children & Youth Cabinet Act Representative Ausley

Co-Sponsor Senator Rich
06/15/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: 07/01/2007.

August - September, 2007: DOE to prepare for first Children's Cabinet Meeting.

October, 2007 to February 2008: DOE to provide information related to development of Children's Cabinet Strategic Plan.

February 1 of each year: The Child and Youth Cabinet is required to submit an annual report to the Governor's, Senate President, and Speaker of the House.
Shan Goff
Director
Office of Early Learning
(850) 245-5070
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 48KB)
0511 School Districts Representative Kendrick

Co-Sponsor Senator Bennett
06/19/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: Upon becoming law.

Academically high-performing districts must report on their student performance to the State Board of Education by December 1 of each year.

The State Board of Education must recommend ways to eliminate duplicative requirements between state law and No Child Left Behind to the Legislature by December 1, 2007.

Cheri Pierson Yecke
Chancellor
K 12 Public Schools
(850) 245-0509
E-mail:


Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:


Evan Lefsky
Executive Director
Just Read, Florida!
(850) 245-0503
E-mail:


Jay Pfeiffer
Deputy Commissioner
Accountability, Research, and
Measurement
(850) 245-0437
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 69KB)

0529 Cable TV/Video Service Franchises Representative Traviesa

Co-Sponsor Senator Bennett
05/18/07- Approved by the Governor


Effective date: Upon becoming law.

December 31, 2007 or earlier: The Public Service Commission and the Department of Children and Family Services must adopt rules creating procedures to automatically enroll eligible customers in Lifeline service

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 43KB)

0721  Sales Tax/Postsecondary Bookstore Representative Proctor

Co-Sponsor Senator Gaetz
05/22/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: Upon becoming law.

Alisa Golden
Director
Buisness Services Division of Community Colleges
850-245-9994
E-mail:

Bill Summary (PDF, 23KB)

0803 Qualifying Adoptive Parents/Benefits Representative Cusack

Co-Sponsor Senator Wilson
06/13/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 07/07/2007.

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 26KB)

0920 Cosmetology Senator Wise

Co-Sponsor Representative Carroll
05/24/07- Vetoed by the Governor

Veto Letter (PDF)
Effective date: 07/01/2008.

Funds appropriated from the Administrative Trust Fund of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to carry out the central-service administrative support functions related to licensing of this act shall take effect July 1, 2007.

The enactment date is July 1, 2008 to allow the Department of Business and Professional Regulations to develop new licensure exams, forms, rules and procedures and it allows the schools time to develop new curriculum to conform to new law.

New licensees after the enactment date of the bill (July 2008) will be required to adhere to the new training requirements and licensure exams.
Lucy Hadi
Chancellor
Division of Workforce Education
(850) 245-0446
E-mail:

Bill Summary (PDF, 44KB)
0967 Physical Education Representative Weatherford

Co-Sponsor Senator Constantine
05/17/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: Upon becoming law.

Elementary school requirement to begin in the 2007-08 school year.

Standards review and revision to occur during the 2007-08 school year.
Kate Kemker
Chief
Bureau of Instruction and Innovation
(850) 245-9868
E-mail:

Bill Summary (PDF, 41KB)

Technical Assistance Paper
0988 High-risk Offenders Senator Argenziano

Co-Sponsor House Safety & Security Council
06/20/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Portions of the bill related to the marking of a Florida Driver's License or Florida Identification Card to designate sexual offenders and sexual predators are Effective August 1, 2007.

Portions of the bill related to the possession of or unlawful acts related to a license or identification card are effective as February 1, 2008.
Marian W. Lambeth
Chief
Bureau of Professional Practices Services
(850) 245-0438
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 65KB)
1046 Education Senator Wise

Co-Sponsor House Schools & Learning Council
05/24/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: 07/01/2007.

December 1, 2007: OPPAGA report on gifted student education due. School districts will be asked to report the needed data to OPPAGA in time to meet the report deadline.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 40KB)
1060 Educational Facilities Senator King, Jr.

Co-Sponsor House Policy & Budget Council
05/24/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:

Bill Summary (PDF, 30KB)

1064 Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Programs Senator King, Jr. 05/24/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: 07/01/2007. Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 27KB)
1160  Building & Facility Designations Senator Dockery

Co-Sponsor Representative McKeel
05/24/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: 07/01/2007.

At any time after July 1, 2007, the Commissioner of Education should authorize the purchase of suitable markers making the building designation.

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 30KB)

1161 High School to Business Career Enhancement Act Representative Ambler

Co-Sponsor Senator Crist
06/13/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Each district school board may adopt policies and procedures for a High School to Business Career Enhancement Program through which high school student internships may be offered in each school district through partnerships developed with employers within the communities served by the district school board.
Lucy Hadi
Chancellor
Division of Workforce Education
(850) 245-0446
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 44KB)
1226 Merit Award Program/School Board Employees Senator Gaetz

Co-Sponsor House Schools & Learning Council
03/29/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 03/29/2007.

1. General guidelines for implementing performance pay under the bill were provided to superintendents within one week of the bill's signing into law by the Governor.

2. Rule workshops sponsored by the State Board of Education were noticed on April 26, 2007, and completed before the end of May 2007.

3. Districts completing STAR plans must meet new timelines provided for in the bill, assistance with which is included in the technical assistance guidelines provided to superintendents.

4. Allocations of funding under this bill will be sent to districts through standard allocation processes before June 30, 2007.

Pamela Stewart
Deputy Chancellor
K12 Public Schools
(850) 245-0857
E-mail:

Bill Summary (PDF, 77KB)

Technical Assistance Paper 2006-2007

Technical Assistance Paper 2007 and Beyond

Rule 6A-7.0100 was adopted by the State Board of Education on October 16, 2007

All districts and charter schools that submitted Merit Award Plans by October 1, 2007, were issued letters on November 15, 2007, from the Commissioner indicating any needed revisions to their Plan documentation.
1232 Career & Professional Education Senator Gaetz

Co-Sponsor Representative Kendrick
06/26/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Each district's strategic plan must be completed by June 30, 2008.

Each district must have at least one operational career and professional academy no later than the beginning of the 2008-09 school year.

Approval or denial of newly proposed core courses that meet industry standards shall be determined within 60 days.

If there is an appeal, a consensus ruling will be made by the Agency for Workforce Innovation and the Commissioner of Education within 15 days.

The curriculum review committee must be established and operational by September 1, 2007.

The Okaloosa County School District CHOICE Institutes shall serve in an advisory role and shall offer technical assistance for a three-year period beginning July 1, 2007, as districts create new career and professional academies.

Lucy Hadi
Chancellor
Division of Workforce Education
(850) 245-0446
E-mail:

Course Code Directory
Dr. Heather Sherry
Director
Office of Articulation
(850) 245-9483
E-mail:

Curriculum Review Committe
Pam Smith
Deputy Chancellor
K12 Public Schools
(850)245-0835
E-mail:

Implementation Information

Bill Summary (PDF, 51KB)

1270 Education Senator Oelrich

Co-Sponsor House Schools & Learning Council
06/26/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

In many instances where the SBE had sole authority over establishing rules or program oversight, it must do so now in conjunction with the BOG. For programs where rules or policies already exist (such as established CLAST minimum passing scores or statewide course numbering) there will need to be consideration of how the two entitles will coordinate their respective roles. Both Boards will need to amend, repeal and/or promulgate rules and execute an articulation agreement. While there are no specific timelines on these actions, they should be done in a coordinated and reasonably prompt manner to carry out the statutory intent.
Maggi O'Sullivan Parker
Deputy General Counsel
Office of General Counsel
(850) 245-0442
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 174KB)

1309 Adoption & Child Protection Representative Galvano

Co-Sponsor Senator Storms
06/13/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective Date: 07/01/2007.

The Office of Adoption and Child Protection is to provide an annual report on January 1 of each year to the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the president of the Senate, the secretary of each state agency affected by the report, and the appropriate substantive committees of the Legislature (in the original legislation passed in 2006).

The state plan for the promotion of adoption, support of adoptive families, and the prevention of abuse, abandonment, and neglect of children is to be submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Governor no later than December 31, 2008.

The state plan shall be readdressed every five years, at a minimum (in the original legislation passed in 2006).
Bambi Lockman
Chief
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
(850) 245-0475
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 41KB)
1326 University Concurrency TF/DOE Senator Lynn

Co-Sponsor House Schools & Learning Council
04/18/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Effective for budgetary purposes in fiscal year 2008-09.

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:


Bill Summary (PDF, 25KB)

1328 Trust Funds/State University System Senator Lynn

Co-Sponsor Representative Pickens
04/18/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Effective for budgetary purposes in fiscal year 2008-09.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 24KB)
1330 DOE Trust Funds/Termination Senator Wise

Co-Sponsor Representative Pickens
04/18/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program Trust Fund: Effective for budgetary purposes in fiscal year 2008-09.

Projects, Contracts and Grants Trust Fund: Effective for budgetary purposes in fiscal year 2009-10.

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 38KB)
1332 Operating Trust Fund/DOE Senator Wise

Co-Sponsor Representative Pickens
04/18/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2008.

Effective for budgetary purposes in fiscal year 2008-09.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 24KB)
1334 Administrative Trust Fund/DOE Senator Wise

Co-Sponsor House Schools & Learning Council
04/18/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2008.

Effective for budgetary purposes in fiscal year 2008-09.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 25KB)
1375 Affordable Housing Representative Davis (M)

Co-Sponsor Senator Garcia
06/19/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date; 07/01/2007. Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 25KB)
1421 Digital Divide Council Representative Brisť

Co-Sponsor Senator Wilson
06/15/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

The appointed members of the council shall serve a 1-year term beginning on July 1, 2007.

The appointed members of the council shall end their service on June 30, 2008.

Successor appointees shall serve 2-year terms beginning July 1, 2008.

The members of the council appointed on July 1, 2008, shall end their service June 30, 2010.

The council shall conduct its initial meeting by August 1, 2007 and then at least once every 90 days after.

The council, through the Department of Education, shall report evaluations and recommendations to the Executive Office of the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by March 1, 2008.
Kate Kemker
Chief
Bureau of Instruction and Innovation
(850) 245-9868
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 38KB)
1456 Sales Tax/School Supplies & Clothing Senator Webster

Co-Sponsor Representative Coley
06/15/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 24KB)
1489 Public Project Construction Bonds Representative Aubuchon

Co-Sponsor Senator Saunders
06/15/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 32KB)
1491 Community Development Districts Representative Attkisson

Co-Sponsor Senator Haridopolos
06/15/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 23KB)
1604 Sexual Offenders & Predators Senator Argenziano

Co-Sponsor Representative Dean
06/20/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: 07/01/2007.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement shall create and maintain an automatic notification system not later than January 1, 2008.
Marian W. Lambeth
Chief
Bureau of Professional Practices Services
(850) 245-0438
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 32KB)
1624 Insurance/Public Construction Projects Senator Bennett

Co-Sponsor Representative Murzin
06/26/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 10/01/2007.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 29KB)
1972 Leases/Private Property/State Agency Senate Governmental Operations

Co-Sponsor House Government Efficiency & Accountability Council
06/26/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

July 1, 2007 - October 15, 2007 -- Notwithstanding the new contract requirements for tenant brokers, agencies may use the services of the tenant broker currently under contract with DMS. Agencies may only do so until October 15, 2007, and only with the prior approval of DMS.

June 30, 2008 -- The bill requires each state agency to provide an annual report regarding agency programs affecting the need for or use of space. The report is due by June 30 of each year. Thus, the first report will be due June 30, 2008.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 47KB)
1974 State Information Technology Senate Governmental Operations

Co-Sponsor Representative Weatherford
06/13/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

Fiscal Year 2007-08 -- the DMS Technology Resource Center will submit to the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology, for its review, the current and proposed service rates and cost allocation.

Fiscal Year 2007-08 - The act requires the new agency to develop and publish a strategic enterprise information technology plan to ensure effective and efficient government services.

Fiscal Year 2008-09 -- the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology must develop implementation plans for up to three of the following:

1. The consolidation of state agency data centers.
2. A shared or consolidated enterprise e-mail, messaging, and calendaring service.
3. Information security.
4. A shared customer relationship management system that receives, manages, tracks, and reports on telephone, e-mail, personnel and other communications received from citizens. The act provides $350,000 from General Revenue for a feasibility study of this customer relationship management system.
5. Consideration of a planned replacement cycle for computer equipment.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 44KB)
2092 Education Senator Deutch

Co-Sponsor Representative Kravitz
06/26/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: Upon becoming law.

All provisions of this law take effect upon receiving the Governor's signature, with the exception of the amendment to s. 1002.33(18)(d) relating to charter school facilities fees, which applies retroactively to July 1, 1996.

Declares the date of termination for the charter school districts pilot program as July 1, 2010.
Cheri Pierson Yecke
Chancellor
K-12 Public Schools
(850) 245-0509
E-mail:
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Jean Miller
Executive Director
Independent Education & Parental Choice
(850) 245-0883
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 53KB)

2114 Independent Living Transition Services Senator Rich

Co-Sponsor Representative Glorioso
06/15/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.
Bambi Lockman
Chief
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
(850) 245-0475
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 38KB)
2512 English for Speakers of Other Languages/Educators Senator Wise

Co-Sponsor Representative Carroll
06/28/07- Vetoed by the Governor

Veto Letter (PDF)
Effective date: 07/01/2007.
Lisa C. Saavedra
Chief
Bureau of Academic Achievement through Language Acquisition
(850) 245-5074
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 36KB)
2800 Appropriations Senate Fiscal Policy & Calendar Council

Co-Sponsor House Policy & Budget Council
05/24/07- Approved by the Governor

Approval Letter (PDF)
Effective date: 07/01/2007.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 116KB)
2802 Appropriations Implementing Bill Senate Fiscal Policy & Calendar Council

Co-Sponsor House Policy & Budget Council
05/24/07- Approved by the Governor
Effective date: 07/01/2007.
Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 40KB)
7123 Energy House Environment & Natural Resources Council

Co-Sponsor Senator Constantine
06/05/07- Vetoed by the Governor

Veto Letter (PDF)
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

July 1, 2007: In order to meet specifications in section 36 of the act, districts without current contracts to purchase biodiesel fuel will need to re-bid or modify contracts.

August 1, 2007: Establish application process for Green Schools Pilot Project (DOE and Florida Energy Office)

January 1, 2008: Three school districts selected for Green Schools Pilot Project (State Board of Education)

At least 20 percent of total diesel fuel purchases for use by school districts must be biodiesel fuel, subject to availability

July 1 after 3 years of full operation: Reports due to Governor, Legislature, and commissioner (districts participating in Green School Pilot Project)

Linda Champion
Deputy Commissioner
Finance and Operations
(850) 245-0406
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 48KB)
7147 Postsecondary Education Representative Pickens

Co-Sponsor Senator Lynn
06/27/07- Approved by the Governor Effective date: Upon becoming law.

Requires a community college to notify the State Board of Education (SBE) at least 90 days prior to its submission of a plan to offer a baccalaureate degree of its intention to do so (currently, letters of intent are due to the Division of Community Colleges on June 1);

Provides state universities 60 days to submit an alternative plan to offer the baccalaureate degree on the community college's campus.

In the absence of a state university proposal, provide regionally accredited private colleges and universities 30 days to submit an alternative proposal to the SBE;

Requires the Office of Economic and Demographic Research to study postsecondary enrollment forecasting models and report to Legislative leaders by February 1, 2008;

Requires the Department of Education (DOE) to review courses in the statewide course numbering system and report to Legislative leaders by February 1, 2008;

Requires OPPAGA to study the implementation of articulation policies and recommend improvements to Legislative leaders by February 1, 2008.

The bill provides a detailed process for the proposal and approval of Community College baccalaureate degrees.
Kasongo Butler
Director
Academic Programs and Teacher Preparation
Division of Community Colleges
(850) 245-9455
E-mail:
Dr. Heather Sherry
Director
Office of Articulation
(850) 245-9483
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 65KB)
7183 Rules & Rulemaking House Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

Co-Sponsor Senator Bennett
06/26/07- Vetoed by the Governor

Veto Letter (PDF)
Effective date: 07/01/2007.

December 31, 2007- Users may subscribe to administrative weekly internet website automated e-mail notification.

January 1, 2008- Section 9, 10 & 11 relating to unadopted rules and challenges to them become effective.

December 31, 2008- Department of State to publish electronic Florida Administrative Code.

December 31, 2009- Agencies must provide electronic copies incorporated by reference in their rules to the Department of State.
Daniel E. Nordby
Assistant General Counsel
Officeof General Counsel
(850) 245-0442
E-mail:
Bill Summary (PDF, 74KB)