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.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.