WEEK 9 – Extended Session on the Budget – Legislative Session to Adjourn (Sine Die) March 11, 2018
The 2018 legislative session opened with a great deal of attention and focus on differing priorities for each chamber. House leadership called for more transparency in policy issues and budget with priorities of K-12 education and reduced spending. The Senate leadership priorities focused on higher education and environmental protection. Meanwhile, the Governor’s prioritized economic development. However, the focus and priorities of session changed to school and public safety following the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th.
The formal budget process did not begin until the last week of session. The completed budget and conforming bills that propose changes to law related to the budget were released on Thursday, March 8th. In order to allow the required 72 hour cooling off period for the budget, President Joe Negron and Speaker Richard Corcoran announced that session would extend until March 11th to take up the budget and budget related bills.
After both chambers vote to pass the budget, it will then be sent to Governor Scott where he will have the option of a full veto, line-item veto, veto of specific conforming bills, or signing the package in its entirety into law.
Although priorities changed for both chambers, many bills related to children, youth and families were passed this session. The bills were focused on topics including early learning, child welfare, juvenile justice, and children with unique abilities bills and are on their way to the Governor to be signed into law.
SB 7026 – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (Approved by Governor Rick Scott, March 9, 2018)
HB 1091 by Rep. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) substituted for SB 1254 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) passed the Senate on March 8th and now heads to the Governor. The bill seeks to reinforce and strengthen accountability measures in the publicly funded School Readiness program. The bill also restores local flexibility in determining eligibility so that early learning coalitions can prioritize children at greatest risk of school failure within communities.
Perinatal Mental Health
HB 937 by Rep. Jeanette Nunez (R-Miami) was substituted for SB 138 by Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation) creating the “Florida Families First Act”, passed the Senate on March 9th and now heads to the Governor for signature. The bill would require the Department of Health to create public service announcements to educate the public on perinatal mental health care, as well as revise components that are included in the postpartum evaluation and follow-up care provided by birth centers to include a mental health screening and the provision of certain information on postpartum depression.
HB 1435 by Rep. Daniel Perez (R-Miami) was substituted for SB 590 by Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah) and passed the Senate on March 8th. The bill requires DCF, in collaboration with sheriffs’ offices that conduct child protective investigations & community-based care lead agencies, to develop a statewide family-finding program. The bill also requires the court to request that parents consent to providing access to additional records and requires the department to provide financial assistance to kinship and fictive kin caregivers who meet certain requirements. The bill now heads to the Governor to be approved and signed into law.
HB 1079 by Rep. Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland) was substituted for SB 1360 by Sen. Doug Broxson (R-Pensacola), passed the Senate on March 8th and now heads to the Governor. The bill focuses on a wide breadth of modifications to the child welfare system including:
HB 417 by Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Hollywood) was substituted for SB 1212 by Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation), passed the House on March 8th and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. The bill provides an exemption from public records requirements to certain identifying and location information of current or former directors, managers, supervisors, and clinical employees of child advocacy centers that meet cerain standards and requirements including members of a child protection team, and their spouses and children.
SB 1392 by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) was substituted for HB 1197 by Rep. Larry Ahern (R-Seminole) and passed the Senate on March 9th. It will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. The bill requires, in every judicial circuit, the establishment of a pre-arrest diversion program and modifies processes and procedures relating to the administration of diversion and civil citation programs. The bill also requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to expunge the nonjudicial arrest record of a minor if the diversion program submits certification for expunction.
HB 361 by Rep. David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) and Rep. Cynthia Stafford (D-Opa Locka) was substituted for SB 1004 by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg, passed the Senate on March 6th and now heads to Governor Scott. The bill authorizes certain elected and state officials (or their designees) to visit all state facilities housing juveniles which are operated or overseen by the Department of Juvenile Justice and prohibits the department from unreasonably withholding permission for visits to such facilities by certain persons.
SB 1552 by Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) was substituted for HB 1417 by Rep. Lawrence McClure (R-Plant City) and passed the Senate on March 9th. The bill now heads to the Governor for signature. It requires that a prolific juvenile offender be held in secure detention until a detention hearing is held if the juvenile violated the conditions of non-secure detention.
OTHER BILLS AFFECTING CHILDREN
Children with Unique Abilities
SB 146 by Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) was substituted for HB 57 by Rep. Frank White (R-Pensacola) and Rep. Patricia Williams (D-Ft. Lauderdale). This act was designated the “Pro Bono Matters Act of 2018”. The bill passed the Senate on February 14th. The bill requires the payment of due process costs of litigation of all pro bono attorneys appointed to represent dependent children with certain special needs, subject to appropriations and review for reasonableness.
HB 1373 by Rep. Cyndi Stevenson (R-St. Augustine) was substituted for SB 1788 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples), passed the Senate on March 8th and now heads to the Governor. The bill prohibits the Agency for Persons with Disabilities from issuing a license to a new comprehensive transitional education program and prohibit the agency from renewing the license of an existing comprehensive transitional education program after December 31, 2020.
CS/HB 135 by Rep. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee) was substituted for SB 290 by Sen. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg), passed the Senate on March 7th and now heads to the Governor. The bill requires applications for motor vehicle registration to include language indicating applicant is deaf or hard of hearing.
SB 140 by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) pertaining to child marriage was substituted for HB 335 by Rep. Jeanette Nunez (R-Miami), passed the Senate on March 9th and now heads to the Governor. The bill implements a total ban of marriage for anyone under the age of 18. The only exception to this ban allows marriage certificates for 17 year olds who have written parent consent and are marrying someone no more than two years older.
THE 2018-2019 STATE BUDGET SUMMARY
Budget negotiations between the House and the Senate on SB 2500 and HB 5001 began on Tuesday, February 27th. House and Senate leadership gave conference chairs until Thursday, March 1st to complete their work and bump up remaining issues to the budget chairs. Any issues not resolved by budget chairs must be bumped to the presiding officers. The final budget was distributed to House and Senate members on Thursday, March 8th to meet the mandatory 72 hour cooling-off period before the final vote on Sunday, March 11, two days later than the last day of the regular legislative session of March 9th.
2018 -2019 Budget Comparison (By Line Item)
|Program||Line Item (HB 5001)||2017-2018 Budget (SB 2500)||2018-2019 Budget (HB 5001)||Difference|
|Early Learning & School Readiness|
|Partnership for School Readiness||83||$38,118,847||$36,333,857||-$1,784,990|
|Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)||84P||$1,400,000||$3,900,000||$2,500,000|
|Early Learning Performance Funding Pilot Project||84P||$15,500,000||$15,500,000||$0|
|Help Me Grow Network||84P||$1,894,577||$2,233,957||$339,380|
|Literacy Jump Start Program (St. Lucie)||$110,000||$0||-$110,000|
|Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers Child Care Program||84P||$57,080||$100,000||$42,920|
|Mt. Zion Early Education Pilot||Back of Bill||$1,000,000||Carry Forward Balance from 17/18|
|Riviera Beach Early Learning to Kindergarten Pilot||84P||$0||$150,000||$150,000|
|Business & Leadership Institute for Early Learning||$200,000||$0||-$200,000|
|Early Learning Standards and Accountability||85||$1,800,000||$1,629,791||-$170,209|
|Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)||87||$396,812,611||$398,444,762||$1,632,151|
|School Year Base Student Allocation (BSA)||88P||$2,437||$2,437||$0|
|Summer Base Student Allocation (BSA)||88P||$2,080||$2,080||$0|
|Total Early Learning Services||90-91||$1,061,796,733||$1,084,173,129||$22,376,396|
|Children’s Medical Services Network (AHCA)||179||$105,641,278||$133,700,994||$28,059,716|
|Children’s Medical Services Network (CMS)||522||$145,978,987||$143,276,587||-$2,702,400|
|Contract to AHCA for medical foster care program||522A||$450,000||$450,000||$0|
|St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Chronic-Complex Clinic||522A||$1,000,000||$1,098,000||$98,000|
|Total Children’s Special Health Care (AHCA)||$457,466,412||$499,623,244||$42,156,832|
|Total Children’s Special Health Care (CMS)||$300,391,888||$295,280,702||-$5,111,186|
|Therapeutic Services for Children||373||$8,911,958||$8,911,958||$0|
|Healthy Start Coalitions (DOH)||452||$26,767,565||$26,517,565||-$250,000|
|Healthy Start Services (AHCA)||197||$41,172,757||$41,172,757||$0|
|Healthy Start-Nurse Family Partnership Model||$250,000||$0||-$250,000|
|Developmental Evaluation and Intervention Services/Part C (Early Steps)||531||$72,355,393||$71,868,812||-$486,581|
|Developmental Evaluation and Intervention Services/Part C||195||$15,297,581||$15,297,581||$0|
|Communication/Autism Navigator to FSU College of Medicine through the Early Steps Program||112P||$1,353,292||$1,353,292||$0|
|Grants & Aids-Safety Net Program||524||$2,500,000||$2,500,000||$0|
|Medical Services for Abused/Neglected Children||526||$22,657,762||$22,300,762||-$357,000|
|Total Medicaid Services to Individuals||$19,488,863,343||$21,840,653,228||$2,351,789,885|
|Total Medicaid and TANF||$26,804,413,713||$29,624,624,909||$2,820,211,196|
|Total AHCA Budget||$26,357,340,941||$29,204,673,843||$2,847,332,902|
|APD Total Budget||$1,287,550,201||$1,331,824,777||$44,274,576|
|Aftercare and Mentoring Programs|
|Take Stock in Children||96||$6,125,000||$6,125,000||$0|
|Mentoring/Student Assistance Initiatives||97||$8,897,988||$9,147,988||$250,000|
|Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)||108||$700,000||$500,000||-$200,000|
|Big Brothers and Big Sisters||97P||$3,480,248||$500,000||-$2,980,248|
|Florida Alliance for Boys and Girls Clubs||97P||$3,652,768||$3,652,768||$0|
|YMCA State Alliance/YMCA Reads||97P||$764,972||$764,972||$0|
|Grants and Aids-School and Instructional Enhancements||111||$31,955,545||$22,780,716||-$9,174,829|
|Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention (Healthy Families)||316||$28,380,263||$28,380,263||$0|
|Grants and Aids Child Protection||317||$41,756,240||$40,589,310||-$1,166,930|
|Total Family Safety and Preservation Services Salaries and Benefits||$1,350,346,229||$1,401,510,393||$51,164,164|
|Grants to Sheriffs for Protective Services||314||$56,812,406||$57,673,013||$860,607|
|Total Guardian ad Litem Line||799||$47,138,035||$51,479,985||$4,341,950|
|Voices for Children Foundation, Miami-Dade County||785P||$100,000||$100,000||$0|
|Total Community Based Care Line||325||$678,237,516||$696,686,093||$18,448,577|
|Increase core service funding for Community Based Care||325P||$18,000,000||-$18,000,000|
|Adoption Incentive Awards to Community Based Care lead agencies||321||$2,250,000||$2,750,000||$500,000|
|Grants and Aids-Community Based Care – Mitigating Operational Deficits||Back of Bill||$0||$20,000,000||$20,000,000|
|Grants and Aids – Contracted Services (Including Title IV-E Revenue Maximization)||313||$11,118,904||$16,296,896||$5,177,992|
|Shared Risk Fund for Community Based Care Providers||310A||$5,000,000||$15,000,000||$10,000,000|
|Total Family Safety and Preservation Services||$1,350,346,229||$1,401,510,393||$51,164,164|
|Special Needs Adoption Incentive||321||$2,750,000||$2,750,000||$0|
|Children’s Action Teams for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (Community Action Teams)||366||$10,000,000||$20,250,000||$10,250,000|
|Domestic Violence Program||315||$40,052,735||$46,126,004||$6,073,269|
|Community Substance Abuse Services||369||$237,826,526||$221,364,287||-$16,462,239|
|Expansion of substance abuse services for pregnant women and their affected families||369P||$10,000,000||$10,000,000||$0|
|Family Intensive Treatment (FIT) Teams||369P||$12,060,000||$12,060,000|
|Here’s Help, Inc.||369P||$500,000||$200,000||-$300,000|
|Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO)||369P||$100,000||$100,000||$0|
|Grants and Aids – Contracted Services||313A||$3,375,000||$3,626,000||$251,000|
|Camillus House for sexually exploited girls||313A||$500,000||$500,000||$0|
|The Porch Light for sexually exploited girls||313A||$200,000||$200,000||$0|
|Devereux Inc., for sexually exploited youth||313A||$700,000||$500,000||-$200,000|
|DCF Total Budget||$3,155,147,858||$3,192,157,133||$37,009,275|
|Children/Families In Need of Services (CINS/FINS)||1177||$39,263,256||$41,845,856||$2,582,600|
|CINS/FINS secure placement||1177P||$150,000||$150,000||$0|
|Juvenile Redirection Program||1120||$4,098,831||$4,098,831||$0|
|Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL)||1120P||$750,000||$750,000||$0|
|Legislative Initiatives to Reduce and Prevent Juvenile Crime||1173A||$13,825,196||$15,211,000||$1,385,804|
|Florida Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs||1173P||$500,000||$1,000,000||$500,000|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida||1173P||$600,000||$1,500,000||$900,000|
|DJJ Total Budget||$564,835,951||$590,202,107||$25,366,156|
|Total Budget (All Sections)||$82,418,458,905||$88,727,534,353||$6,309,075,448|