Florida Senate - 2015                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1480
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  04/15/2015           .                                

       The Committee on Education Pre-K - 12 (Montford) recommended the
    1         Senate Substitute for Amendment (783286) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    5  and insert:
    6         Section 1. High School Athletics Task Force.—
    7         (1) There is created the High School Athletics Task Force,
    8  a task force as defined in s. 20.03, Florida Statutes, within
    9  the Department of Education to be staffed by the Office of
   10  Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability and
   11  monitored by the Department of Education. The task force shall
   12  review issues concerning the governance and operation of the
   13  Florida High School Athletic Association. The task force shall
   14  make recommendations that allow equal access to all students to
   15  athletic programs and preserve the integrity of this state’s
   16  interscholastic athletic programs. The recommendations of the
   17  task force shall address the following:
   18         (a) Defining school choice in athletic programs in
   19  Florida’s K-12 education institutions.
   20         (b) Streamlining the existing appeals process to ensure
   21  faster resolutions to appeals.
   22         (c) Clarifying rules governing student transfers.
   23         (d) Strengthening the association’s governance structure.
   24         (e) Identifying and clarifying the purpose for and
   25  expenditure of dues, fees, and fines assessed by the
   26  association.
   27         (f) Defining the association’s investigative procedures and
   28  penalties.
   29         (g) Strengthening communication between the association and
   30  all stakeholders.
   31         (h) Analyzing the implementation and impact of the
   32  recommendations from the Student Athlete Recruiting Task Force
   33  established in 2006 on athletics in schools and any subsequent
   34  legislative or rule changes.
   35         (i) Making any other recommendations that the task force
   36  determines are necessary to strengthen student athletics in the
   37  K-12 education system.
   38         (2) The task force shall consist of 13 representatives from
   39  home school and public and private secondary schools who are
   40  directly involved in athletics in the K-12 education system. The
   41  chair of the task force shall convene meetings as needed and
   42  ensure that the recommendations are completed and forwarded to
   43  the Governor and the Legislature in a timely manner. The task
   44  force members shall be appointed as follows:
   45         (a) Four representatives appointed by the President of the
   46  Senate.
   47         (b) Four representatives appointed by the Speaker of the
   48  House of Representatives.
   49         (c)Five representatives appointed by the Governor, one of
   50  whom shall be appointed chair of the task force.
   51         (3) Members of the task force shall serve without
   52  compensation, but are entitled to reimbursement for per diem and
   53  travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061, Florida Statutes.
   54         (4) The task force shall hold its initial meeting by June
   55  1, 2015, and shall submit its recommendations to the Governor,
   56  the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   57  Representatives by January 1, 2016. Upon submission of the
   58  report, the task force shall expire.
   59         Section 2. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sum of
   60  $60,000 from the General Revenue Fund is appropriated to the
   61  Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
   62  to support the work of the High School Athletics Task Force.
   63         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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   66  And the title is amended as follows:
   67         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   68  and insert:
   69                        A bill to be entitled                      
   70         An act relating to student extracurricular activities;
   71         creating the High School Athletics Task Force;
   72         specifying the duties and membership of the task
   73         force; providing that the task force members are
   74         entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel
   75         expenses; requiring the task force to submit an
   76         initial report to the Governor and the Legislature by
   77         a specified date; providing for expiration of the task
   78         force; providing an appropriation; providing an
   79         effective date.