Florida Senate - 2017                                     SB 798
       By Senator Baxley
       12-01102-17                                            2017798__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to public information of school
    3         districts; amending s. 1001.42, F.S.; revising the
    4         duties of a district school board to include the
    5         administration of public information programs;
    6         amending s. 1006.25, F.S.; providing for district
    7         school board policies that authorize advertisements on
    8         school buses; providing minimum requirements for the
    9         advertisements; requiring a school bus to be withdrawn
   10         from use under certain circumstances; amending s.
   11         1010.08, F.S.; authorizing a district school board to
   12         use public funds for specified purposes; providing an
   13         effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (17) of section
   18  1001.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   19         1001.42 Powers and duties of district school board.—The
   20  district school board, acting as a board, shall exercise all
   21  powers and perform all duties listed below:
   23         (a) Adopt procedures and administer public information
   24  programs whereby the general public can be adequately informed
   25  of the educational programs, needs, and objectives of public
   26  education within the district, including educational
   27  opportunities available through the Florida Virtual School.
   28         Section 2. Subsection (5) is added to section 1006.25,
   29  Florida Statutes, to read:
   30         1006.25 School buses.—School buses shall be defined and
   31  meet specifications as follows:
   32         (5) ADVERTISEMENTS.—
   33         (a) Advertisements promoting the school district or school
   34  specific successes may be placed on the exterior of a school bus
   35  according to district school board policies that must require
   36  all of the following:
   37         1. At a minimum, images containing material that is
   38  political in nature or relates to a political activity,
   39  campaign, or candidate; that is false, misleading, or deceptive;
   40  or that distracts from the effectiveness of required safety
   41  warning equipment are prohibited from advertisements.
   42         2. The design, placement, and size of signage on the
   43  exterior of a school bus must be prescribed by the district
   44  school board, and individuals who approve the advertising must
   45  be designated by the district school board.
   46         3. If the advertising is not painted on the bus, it must be
   47  attached in prescribed manners, and a school bus with attached
   48  advertising must meet the school bus equipment standards in
   49  subparagraph 4.
   50         4.Signage may not:
   51         a. Extend from the body of the bus so as to allow a
   52  handhold or pose a danger to pedestrians;
   53         b. Cover any structural or sheet metal damage or
   54  alteration;
   55         c. Interfere with the operation of any door, window,
   56  required lettering, lamp, reflector, or other device;
   57         d. Be placed on a side emergency door or on the back of the
   58  bus;
   59         e. Interfere with school bus identification; or
   60         f. Be digital or electronic.
   61         5. A school bus may not have more than two advertisements.
   62         6. Each advertisement must be no larger than 2 feet high
   63  and 6 feet long.
   64         (b) A school bus that is in violation of this subsection
   65  must be withdrawn from use as a school bus until it meets the
   66  requirements of this subsection.
   67         Section 3. Section 1010.08, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   68  read:
   69         1010.08 Promotion and public relations; funding.—
   70         (1) Each district school board and Florida College System
   71  institution board of trustees may budget and use a portion of
   72  the funds accruing to it from auxiliary enterprises and
   73  undesignated gifts for promotion and public relations as
   74  prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education. Such funds
   75  may be used to provide hospitality to business guests in the
   76  district or elsewhere. However, such hospitality expenses may
   77  not exceed the amount authorized for such contingency funds as
   78  prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education.
   79         (2) A district school board may expend public funds as
   80  prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education to carry out
   81  the powers and duties pursuant to s. 1001.42(17)(a).
   82         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.