Florida Senate - 2019 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. SB 1306 Ì255950-Î255950 576-04109-19 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. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 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.