Florida Senate - 2018                                     SB 254
       By Senator Baxley
       12-00471-18                                            2018254__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to patriotic societies; providing a
    3         short title; creating s. 1001.433, F.S.; defining the
    4         term “patriotic society”; requiring district school
    5         boards to allow specified representatives an
    6         opportunity to speak to students for certain purposes;
    7         requiring a patriotic society and school principal to
    8         provide certain information in writing within
    9         specified time periods; providing that a patriotic
   10         society’s presentation may not exceed a specified
   11         time; providing an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Scouts Access
   16  Bill.”
   17         Section 2. Section 1001.433, Florida Statutes, is created
   18  to read:
   19         1001.433Patriotic societies in schools.—
   20         (1)As used in this section, “patriotic society” means a
   21  youth group listed in Title 36, U.S.C., as a patriotic society,
   22  including the Boy Scouts of America, and its affiliated Florida
   23  groups and councils, and the Girl Scouts of the United States of
   24  America, and its affiliated Florida groups and councils.
   25         (2)A district school board must allow a representative of
   26  a patriotic society the opportunity, during school hours, to
   27  speak with and distribute instructional materials to students to
   28  encourage participation in the patriotic society and its
   29  activities.
   30         (3)(a)A patriotic society shall provide at least 60 days’
   31  written notice to the school district and principal of the
   32  school of its intent to speak to students. Within 15 days after
   33  receipt of the notice, the principal must provide in writing to
   34  the patriotic society a specific day and time within the next 45
   35  school days for the patriotic society’s representative to speak
   36  to students.
   37         (b)A patriotic society’s presentation to students may not
   38  exceed 10 minutes of instructional time.
   39         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.