Florida Senate - 2019                             CS for SB 1306
       By the Committee on Appropriations; and Senators Book and Pizzo
       576-04627-19                                          20191306c1
    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) Four 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) A representative of the National Council of Negro
   50  Women, appointed by the Governor.
   51         (m)Two citizen members, appointed by the Governor.
   52         (3) Appointed members of the commission shall serve at the
   53  pleasure of the appointing authority and any vacancies shall be
   54  filled in the same manner as the initial appointment. The
   55  commission may meet as often as it deems necessary to fulfill
   56  the duties prescribed in this section.
   57         (4) In ensuring a suitable statewide observance of the
   58  centennial of the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth
   59  Amendment to the United States Constitution, the commission has
   60  the following duties:
   61         (a) Advise on the development of programs and activities
   62  appropriate to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage,
   63  and encourage the development of such programs and activities to
   64  ensure that the commemoration results in a positive legacy and
   65  has long-term benefits.
   66         (b) Facilitate the observance of women’s suffrage-related
   67  activities throughout the state.
   68         (c) Encourage civic, historical, educational, economic, and
   69  other organizations throughout the state to organize and
   70  participate in activities to expand the understanding and
   71  appreciation of women’s suffrage while also recognizing the
   72  racial disparities that interfered with the exercise of the
   73  right to vote by women of color upon the enfranchisement of
   74  women.
   75         (d) Coordinate and facilitate the public distribution of
   76  scholarly research, publication, and interpretation of women’s
   77  suffrage.
   78         (e) Coordinate with the Department of Education regarding
   79  the manner in which the centennial of women’s suffrage will be
   80  commemorated in the state’s public secondary schools.
   81         (f) Assist the Department of State in developing a
   82  statewide public awareness campaign on the centennial of women’s
   83  suffrage through such means as, but not limited to, public
   84  service announcements, outdoor advertising, and a website.
   85         (g) Encourage local organizations and nonprofit
   86  organizations to further the commemoration of the centennial of
   87  women’s suffrage.
   88         (5) The commission may establish a youth working group to
   89  advise and provide recommendations to the commission in
   90  fulfilling its duties and responsibilities. Members of the youth
   91  working group shall serve on a volunteer basis and must be
   92  residents of this state between 15 and 30 years of age who
   93  identify as women and demonstrate an interest in history. The
   94  chair of the commission shall appoint members of the working
   95  group upon review of applications.
   96         (6) The Division of Historical Resources of the Department
   97  of State shall provide administrative and staff support for the
   98  commission.
   99         (7) This section expires December 31, 2020.
  100         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.