Florida Senate - 2019              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. SB 1306
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial
    3         Commission; creating s. 267.0618, F.S.; creating the
    4         commission adjunct to the Department of State;
    5         providing for the purpose of the commission;
    6         specifying the composition of the commission and
    7         requirements of commission members; prescribing duties
    8         of the commission in order to ensure a suitable
    9         statewide observance of the centennial of women’s
   10         suffrage; authorizing establishment of a youth working
   11         group; requiring the Division of Historical Resources
   12         of the department to provide administrative and staff
   13         support; providing for expiration; providing an
   14         effective date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Section 267.0618, Florida Statutes, is created
   19  to read:
   20         267.0618 The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.—
   21         (1)The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, a
   22  commission as defined in s. 20.03(10), is created adjunct to the
   23  Department of State for the express purpose of ensuring a
   24  suitable statewide observance of the centennial of women’s
   25  suffrage in 2020. Except as otherwise provided in this section,
   26  the commission shall operate in a manner consistent with s.
   27  20.052.
   28         (2) The commission is composed of the following members:
   29         (a) The chair of the commission, appointed by the Governor.
   30         (b) The Secretary of State, or his or her designee.
   31         (c) The director of the Division of Historical Resources of
   32  the Department of State.
   33         (d) Two members of the Senate, appointed by the President
   34  of the Senate.
   35         (e) Two members of the House of Representatives, appointed
   36  by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
   37         (f) A women’s history scholar from a postsecondary
   38  educational institution in this state, appointed by the
   39  Governor.
   40         (g) A member of the Florida Historical Commission,
   41  appointed by the Governor.
   42         (h) Two members of the Florida Commission on the Status of
   43  Women, appointed by the Governor.
   44         (i) A member of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, appointed
   45  by the Governor.
   46         (j) A representative of the League of Women Voters of
   47  Florida, appointed by the Governor.
   48         (k) A historian, appointed by the Governor.
   49         (l) Two citizen members, appointed by the Governor.
   50         (3) Appointed members of the commission shall serve at the
   51  pleasure of the appointing authority and any vacancies shall be
   52  filled in the same manner as the initial appointment. The
   53  commission may meet as often as it deems necessary to fulfill
   54  the duties prescribed in this section.
   55         (4) In ensuring a suitable statewide observance of the
   56  centennial of the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth
   57  Amendment to the United States Constitution, the commission has
   58  the following duties:
   59         (a) Advise on the development of programs and activities
   60  appropriate to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage,
   61  and encourage the development of such programs and activities to
   62  ensure that the commemoration results in a positive legacy and
   63  has long-term benefits.
   64         (b) Facilitate the observance of women’s suffrage-related
   65  activities throughout the state.
   66         (c) Encourage civic, historical, educational, economic, and
   67  other organizations throughout the state to organize and
   68  participate in activities to expand the understanding and
   69  appreciation of women’s suffrage while also recognizing the
   70  racial disparities that interfered with the exercise of the
   71  right to vote by women of color upon the enfranchisement of
   72  women.
   73         (d) Coordinate and facilitate the public distribution of
   74  scholarly research, publication, and interpretation of women’s
   75  suffrage.
   76         (e) Coordinate with the Department of Education regarding
   77  the manner in which the centennial of women’s suffrage will be
   78  commemorated in the state’s public secondary schools.
   79         (f) Assist the Department of State in developing a
   80  statewide public awareness campaign on the centennial of women’s
   81  suffrage through such means as, but not limited to, public
   82  service announcements, outdoor advertising, and a website.
   83         (g) Encourage local organizations and nonprofit
   84  organizations to further the commemoration of the centennial of
   85  women’s suffrage.
   86         (5) The commission may establish a youth working group to
   87  advise and provide recommendations to the commission in
   88  fulfilling its duties and responsibilities. Members of the youth
   89  working group shall serve on a volunteer basis and must be
   90  residents of this state between 15 and 30 years of age who
   91  identify as women and demonstrate an interest in history. The
   92  chair of the commission shall appoint members of the working
   93  group upon review of applications.
   94         (6) The Division of Historical Resources of the Department
   95  of State shall provide administrative and staff support for the
   96  commission.
   97         (7) This section expires December 31, 2020.
   98         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.