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Week 2 Legislative Session
The second week of the 2022 Legislative Session has come to an end. Below you will find relevant bill information about week 2. If you have any questions on the legislative process, please contact us.
Nursing Panel
The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee held a panel discussion on nursing, including current challenges and proposed solutions to the nursing workforce shortages. The panelists included: 
  • Christy England, Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs, State University System Board of Governors
  • Kathy Hebda, Chancellor, Florida College System
  • Henry Mack, Senior Chancellor, Department of Education
Video (no written materials).
Bills of Interest Passed by the Senate or House
Before a bill becomes a law, it must pass both the Senate and the House and then be approved by the Governor.  The following bills of interest passed either the Senate or the House this week.

SB 7004 Technology Systems/State University or a Florida College System Institution by the Senate Education Committee.  The bill saves from repeal the public records and public meetings exemption for state universities and state colleges for information related to information technology (IT) security, potential breaches of security, and risk assessments. (Passed Senate; 35 Yeas, 0 Nays)  Bill text and staff analysis.

SB 7006 Campus Emergency Response by the Senate Education Committee.  The bill saves from repeal the public records and public meetings exemption for public postsecondary institutions, law enforcement, and state and local governments related to a campus emergency response. (Passed Senate; 31 Yeas, 4 Nays)  Bill text and staff analysis.

SB 7014 COVID-19-related Claims Against Health Care Providers by the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the 2021 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed CS/SB 72 which created liability protections from COVID-19 related claims for healthcare providers.   The bill extends the liability protections set to expire on March 29, 2022 through June 1, 2023. (Passed Senate; 22 Yeas, 13 Nays) Bill text and staff analysis.
Bills of Interest Heard in Committee
Bills are referred to multiple committees for hearing.  A bill must be heard by all the referred committees before it is eligible to be heard by the full Senate or House.  The following bills were heard in committee this week.

SB 148 Individual Freedom by Senator Diaz.  The bill expands unlawful employment practices to provide that discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin includes subjecting any individual, as a condition of employment, membership, certification, licensing, credentialing, or passing an examination, to training, instruction, or any other required activity that espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such individual to believe any of the concepts specified in the bill.  Additionally, the bill requires that instruction, instructional materials, and professional development in K12 public schools be consistent with principles specified in the bill.  (First of two committees) Bill text and staff analysis.

SB 490 Required Instruction in the History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by Senator Stewart.  The bill requires K12 public schools to provide instruction on the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the immigration, citizenship, civil rights, identity, and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. (First of three committees) Bill text and staff analysis

CS/SB 520 Public Records and Public Meetings by Senator Brandes.  The bill creates a public records and public meetings exemption for personal identifying information for applicants for president of a state university or state college.  The information will be made public for the final group of selected applicants at least 21 days before the final selection.  The bill will be effective upon becoming a law.   (Second of three committees) Bill text and staff analysis.

HB 619 United State-produced Iron and Steel in Public Works Projects by Representative Anthony Rodriguez.  The bill requires a governmental entity contracting for a public works project or for the purchase of materials for a public works project to include in the contract a requirement that any iron or steel product used in or purchased for the project must be produced in the United States.  (Second of four committees) Bill text and staff analysis.

CS/HB 703 Public Records and Public Meetings/Postsecondary Education Executive Searches by Representative Garrison.  The bill creates a public records and public meetings exemption for personal identifying information for applicants for president of a state university or state college.  The information will be made public for the final group of selected applicants at least 14 days before the final selection. The bill will be effective upon becoming a law.   (First of three committees) Bill text and staff analysis.

CS/HB 985 Sovereign Immunity by Representative Beltran.  The bill increases the cap on tort damages against the state, state agencies, and state subdivisions from $200,000 per person to $1,000,000.  Beginning July 1, 2023, the amount will be adjusted annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index.  (First of three committees) Bill text and staff analysis.

CS/HB 1053 Parental Leave by Representative Aloupis.  The bill allows state employees participating in a sick leave pool to use the pooled leave for paid parental leave.  (First of three committees) Bill text and staff analysis.

If you would like the Department of Governmental Relations to track a bill this session, please call our office at 305-348-3505 or email us at gca@fiu.edu.

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