Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1306 By Senators Book and Pizzo 32-01658C-19 20191306__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial 3 Commemoration Committee; creating the committee 4 adjunct to the Department of State; providing for the 5 purpose of the committee; specifying the composition 6 of the committee and requirements of committee 7 members; prescribing duties of the committee in order 8 to ensure a suitable statewide observance of the 9 centennial of women’s suffrage; providing for the 10 establishment of a youth working group; requiring the 11 Division of Historical Resources of the department to 12 provide administrative and staff support; providing 13 for expiration of the act; providing an effective 14 date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. (1) The Women’s Suffrage Centennial 19 Commemoration Committee, a committee as defined in s. 20.03(8), 20 Florida Statutes, is created adjunct to the Department of State 21 for the express purpose of ensuring a suitable statewide 22 observance of the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020. Except 23 as otherwise provided in this section, the committee shall 24 operate in a manner consistent with s. 20.052, Florida Statutes. 25 (2) The committee is composed of the following members: 26 (a) The chair of the committee, appointed by the Governor. 27 (b) The Secretary of State, or his or her designee. 28 (c) The director of the Division of Historical Resources of 29 the Department of State. 30 (d) Two members of the Senate, appointed by the President 31 of the Senate. 32 (e) Two members of the House of Representatives, appointed 33 by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 34 (f) A women’s history scholar from a postsecondary 35 educational institution in this state, appointed by the 36 Governor. 37 (g) A member of the Florida Historical Commission, 38 appointed by the Governor. 39 (h) Two members of the Florida Commission on the Status of 40 Women, appointed by the Governor. 41 (i) A member of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, appointed 42 by the Governor. 43 (j) A representative of the League of Women Voters of 44 Florida, appointed by the Governor. 45 (k) A historian, appointed by the Governor. 46 (l) Two citizen members, appointed by the Governor. 47 (3) Appointed members of the committee shall serve at the 48 pleasure of the appointing authority and any vacancies shall be 49 filled in the same manner as the initial appointment. The 50 committee may meet as often as it deems necessary to fulfill the 51 duties prescribed in this section. 52 (4) In ensuring a suitable statewide observance of the 53 centennial of the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth 54 Amendment to the United States Constitution, the committee has 55 the following duties: 56 (a) Advise on the development of programs and activities 57 appropriate to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage, 58 and encourage the development of such programs and activities to 59 ensure that the commemoration results in a positive legacy and 60 has long-term benefits. 61 (b) Facilitate the observance of women’s suffrage-related 62 activities throughout the state. 63 (c) Encourage civic, historical, educational, economic, and 64 other organizations throughout the state to organize and 65 participate in activities to expand the understanding and 66 appreciation of women’s suffrage while also recognizing the 67 racial disparities that interfered with the exercise of the 68 right to vote by women of color upon the enfranchisement of 69 women. 70 (d) Coordinate and facilitate the public distribution of 71 scholarly research, publication, and interpretation of women’s 72 suffrage. 73 (e) Coordinate with the Department of Education regarding 74 the manner in which the centennial of women’s suffrage will be 75 commemorated in the state’s public secondary schools. 76 (f) Assist the Department of State in developing a 77 statewide public awareness campaign on the centennial of women’s 78 suffrage through such means as, but not limited to, public 79 service announcements, outdoor advertising, and a website. 80 (g) Encourage local organizations and nonprofit 81 organizations to further the commemoration of the centennial of 82 women’s suffrage. 83 (5) The committee may establish a youth working group to 84 advise and provide recommendations to the committee in 85 fulfilling its duties and responsibilities. Members of the youth 86 working group shall serve on a volunteer basis and must be 87 residents of this state between 15 and 30 years of age who 88 identify as women and demonstrate an interest in history. The 89 chair of the committee shall appoint members of the working 90 group upon review of applications. 91 (6) The Division of Historical Resources of the Department 92 of State shall provide administrative and staff support for the 93 committee. 94 (7) This section expires December 31, 2020. 95 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.