Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1634 By Senator Stargel 22-01618A-20 20201634__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to parental rights; creating chapter 3 1014, F.S.; creating s. 1014.01, F.S.; providing a 4 short title; creating s. 1014.02, F.S.; providing 5 legislative findings; defining the term “parent”; 6 creating s. 1014.03, F.S.; providing that the state, 7 its political subdivisions, other governmental 8 entities, or other institutions may not infringe on 9 parental rights without demonstrating specified 10 information; creating s. 1014.04, F.S.; providing that 11 a parent of a minor child has specified rights 12 relating to his or her minor child; prohibiting the 13 state from infringing upon specified parental rights; 14 prohibiting specified parental rights from being 15 limited or denied; providing that certain actions by 16 specified individuals are grounds for disciplinary 17 actions against those individuals; providing 18 construction; creating s. 1014.05, F.S.; requiring 19 each district school board in consultation with 20 parents, teachers, and administrators, to develop and 21 adopt a policy to promote parental involvement in the 22 public school system; providing requirements for such 23 policy; defining the term “instructional materials”; 24 authorizing a district school board to provide such 25 policy electronically or on its website; authorizing a 26 parent to request certain information in writing; 27 providing a procedure for appealing the denial of such 28 information requests; creating s. 1014.06, F.S.; 29 prohibiting certain health care practitioners from 30 taking specified actions without a parent’s written 31 permission; prohibiting certain entities from taking 32 specified actions relating to a minor’s health care 33 without a parent’s written permission; prohibiting a 34 health care facility from allowing certain actions 35 without a parent’s written permission; providing 36 exceptions; providing for disciplinary actions and 37 criminal penalties; amending s. 408.813, F.S.; 38 providing that certain violations relating to parental 39 consent are grounds for administrative fines for 40 health care facilities; amending s. 456.072, F.S.; 41 providing that failure to comply with certain parental 42 consent requirements is grounds for disciplinary 43 action for health care practitioners; providing an 44 effective date. 45 46 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 47 48 Section 1. Chapter 1014, Florida Statutes, consisting of 49 ss. 1014.01-1014.06, is created and shall be entitled “Parents’ 50 Bill of Rights.” 51 Section 2. Section 1014.01, Florida Statutes, is created to 52 read: 53 1014.01 Short title.—This section and ss. 1014.02-1014.06 54 may be cited as the “Parents’ Bill of Rights.” 55 Section 3. Section 1014.02, Florida Statutes, is created to 56 read: 57 1014.02 Legislative findings and definition.— 58 (1) The Legislature finds that it is a fundamental right of 59 parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their 60 minor children. The Legislature further finds that important 61 information relating to a minor child should not be withheld, 62 either inadvertently or purposefully, from his or her parent, 63 including information relating to the minor child’s health, 64 well-being, and education, while the minor child is in the 65 custody of the school district. The Legislature further finds it 66 is necessary to establish a consistent mechanism for parents to 67 be notified of information relating to the health and well-being 68 of their minor children. 69 (2) For purposes of this chapter, the term “parent” means a 70 person who has legal custody of a minor child as a natural or 71 adoptive parent or a legal guardian. 72 Section 4. Section 1014.03, Florida Statutes, is created to 73 read: 74 1014.03 Infringement of parental rights.—The state, any of 75 its political subdivisions, any other governmental entity, or 76 any other institution may not infringe on the fundamental rights 77 of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, 78 and mental health of his or her minor child without 79 demonstrating that such action is reasonable and necessary to 80 achieve a compelling state interest and that such action is 81 narrowly tailored and is not otherwise served by a less 82 restrictive means. 83 Section 5. Section 1014.04, Florida Statutes, is created to 84 read: 85 1014.04 Parental rights.— 86 (1) All parental rights are reserved to the parent of a 87 minor child in this state without obstruction or interference 88 from the state, any of its political subdivisions, any other 89 governmental entity, or any other institution, including, but 90 not limited to, all of the following rights of a parent of a 91 minor child in this state: 92 (a) The right to direct the education and care of his or 93 her minor child. 94 (b) The right to direct the upbringing and the moral or 95 religious training of his or her minor child. 96 (c) The right, pursuant to s. 1002.20(2)(b) and (6), to 97 enroll his or her minor child in a public school or, as an 98 alternative to public education, a private school, religious 99 school, a home education program, or other available options. 100 (d) The right, pursuant to s. 1002.20(13), to access and 101 review all school records relating to his or her minor child. 102 (e) The right to make health care decisions for his or her 103 minor child, unless otherwise prohibited by law. 104 (f) The right to access and review all medical records of 105 his or her minor child, unless prohibited by law or if the 106 parent is the subject of an investigation of a crime committed 107 against the minor child and a law enforcement agency or official 108 requests that the information not be released. 109 (g) The right to consent in writing before a biometric scan 110 of his or her minor child is made, shared, or stored. 111 (h) The right to consent in writing before any record of 112 his or her minor child’s blood or deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is 113 created, stored, or shared, except as required by general law or 114 authorized pursuant to a court order. 115 (i) The right to consent in writing before the state or any 116 of its political subdivisions makes a video or voice recording 117 of his or her minor child unless such recording is made during 118 or as part of a court proceeding or is made as part of a 119 forensic interview in a criminal or Department of Children and 120 Families investigation or is to be used solely for the following 121 purposes: 122 1. A safety demonstration, including the maintenance of 123 order and discipline in the common areas of a school or on 124 student transportation vehicles; 125 2. A purpose related to a legitimate academic or 126 extracurricular activity; 127 3. A purpose related to regular classroom instructions; 128 4. Security or surveillance of buildings or grounds; or 129 5. A photo identification card. 130 (j) The right to be notified promptly if an employee of the 131 state, any of its political subdivisions, any other governmental 132 entity, or any other institution suspects that a criminal 133 offense has been committed against his or her minor child, 134 unless the incident has first been reported to law enforcement 135 or the Department of Children and Families and notifying the 136 parent would impede the investigation. 137 (2) This section does not: 138 (a) Authorize a parent of a minor child in this state to 139 engage in conduct that is unlawful or to abuse or neglect his or 140 her minor child in violation of general law; 141 (b) Condone, authorize, approve, or apply to a parental 142 action or decision that would end life; 143 (c) Prohibit a court of competent jurisdiction, law 144 enforcement officer, or employee of a government agency that is 145 responsible for child welfare from acting in his or her official 146 capacity within the reasonable and prudent scope of his or her 147 authority; or 148 (d) Prohibit a court of competent jurisdiction from issuing 149 an order that is otherwise permitted by law. 150 (3) An employee of the state, any of its political 151 subdivisions, or any other governmental entity who encourages or 152 coerces, or attempts to encourage or coerce, a minor child to 153 withhold information from his or her parent may be subject to 154 disciplinary action. 155 (4) A parent of a minor child in this state has inalienable 156 rights that are more comprehensive than those listed in this 157 section, unless such rights have been legally waived or 158 terminated. This chapter does not prescribe all rights to a 159 parent of a minor child in this state. Unless required by law, 160 the rights of a parent of a minor child in this state may not be 161 limited or denied. This chapter may not be construed to apply to 162 a parental action or decision that would end life. 163 Section 6. Section 1014.05, Florida Statutes, is created to 164 read: 165 1014.05 School district notifications on parental rights.— 166 (1) Each district school board shall, in consultation with 167 parents, teachers, and administrators, develop and adopt a 168 policy to promote parental involvement in the public school 169 system. Such policy must include: 170 (a) A plan, pursuant to s. 1002.23, for parental 171 participation in schools to improve parent and teacher 172 cooperation in such areas as homework, school attendance, and 173 discipline. 174 (b) A procedure, pursuant to s. 1002.20(19)(b), for a 175 parent to learn about his or her minor child’s course of study, 176 including the source of any supplemental education materials. 177 (c) Procedures for a parent to object to instructional 178 materials, including all classroom materials and school 179 activities, pursuant to s. 1006.28(2)(a)2., and a process for 180 withdrawing his or her minor child from the activity, class, or 181 program in which such materials or activities are used. Such 182 objections may be based on beliefs regarding morality, sex, and 183 religion or the belief that such materials or activities are 184 harmful. The term “instructional materials” includes, but is not 185 limited to, textbooks, workbooks and worksheets, handouts, 186 software, applications, Internet courses, and any and all 187 digital media available to students pursuant to their role as a 188 student in public school. 189 (d) Procedures, pursuant to s. 1002.20(3)(d), for a parent 190 to withdraw his or her minor child from any portion of the 191 school district’s comprehensive health education required under 192 s. 1003.42(2)(n) that relates to sex education or instruction in 193 acquired immune deficiency syndrome education or any instruction 194 regarding sexuality if the parent provides a written objection 195 to his or her minor child’s participation. Such procedures must 196 provide for a parent to be notified in advance of such course 197 content so that he or she may withdraw his or her minor child 198 from those portions of the course. 199 (e) Procedures, pursuant to s. 1006.195(1)(a), for a parent 200 to learn about the nature and purpose of clubs and activities 201 offered at his or her minor child’s school, including those that 202 are extracurricular or part of the school curriculum. 203 (f) Procedures for a parent to learn about parental rights 204 and responsibilities under general law, including all of the 205 following: 206 1. Pursuant to s. 1002.20(3)(d), the right to opt his or 207 her minor child out of any portion of the school district’s 208 comprehensive health education required under s. 1003.42(2)(n) 209 that relates to sex education instruction in acquired immune 210 deficiency syndrome education or any instruction regarding 211 sexuality. 212 2. A plan to disseminate information, pursuant to s. 213 1002.20(6), about school choice options, including open 214 enrollment. 215 3. In accordance with s. 1002.20(3)(b), the right of a 216 parent to exempt his or her minor child from immunizations. 217 4. In accordance with s. 1008.22, the right of a parent to 218 review statewide, standardized assessment results. 219 5. In accordance with s. 1003.57, the right of a parent to 220 enroll his or her minor child in gifted or special education 221 programs. 222 6. In accordance with s. 1006.28(2)(a)1., the right of a 223 parent to inspect school district instructional materials. 224 7. In accordance with s. 1008.25, the right of a parent to 225 access information relating to the school district’s policies 226 for promotion or retention, including high school graduation 227 requirements. 228 8. In accordance with s. 1002.20(14), the right of a parent 229 to receive a school report card and be informed of his or her 230 minor child’s attendance requirements. 231 9. In accordance with s. 1002.23, the right of a parent to 232 access information relating to the state public education 233 system, state standards, report card requirements, attendance 234 requirements, and instructional materials requirements. 235 10. In accordance with s. 1002.23(4), the right of a parent 236 to participate in parent-teacher associations and organizations 237 that are sanctioned by a district school board or the Department 238 of Education. 239 11. In accordance with s. 1002.222(1)(a), the right of a 240 parent to opt out of any district-level data collection relating 241 to his or her minor child not required by law. 242 (2) A district school board may provide the information 243 required in this section electronically or post such information 244 on its website. 245 (3) A parent may request, in writing, from the district 246 school superintendent the information required under this 247 section. Within 10 days, the district school superintendent must 248 provide such information to the parent. If the district school 249 superintendent denies a parent’s request for information or does 250 not respond to the parent’s request within 10 days, the parent 251 may appeal the denial to the district school board. The district 252 school board must place a parent’s appeal on the agenda for its 253 next public meeting. If it is too late for a parent’s appeal to 254 appear on the next agenda, the appeal must be included on the 255 agenda for the subsequent meeting. 256 Section 7. Section 1014.06, Florida Statutes, is created to 257 read: 258 1014.06 Parental consent for health care services.— 259 (1)(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, a health care 260 practitioner, as defined in s. 456.001, may not provide or 261 solicit or arrange to provide health care services or prescribe 262 medicinal drugs to a minor child without first obtaining written 263 parental consent. 264 (b) Except as otherwise provided by law, a person, as 265 defined in s. 1.01, or an individual employed by such person may 266 not provide or solicit or arrange to provide health care 267 services or prescribe medicinal drugs to a minor child without 268 first obtaining written parental consent. 269 (2) Except as otherwise provided by law or a court order, a 270 provider, as defined in s. 408.803, may not allow a medical 271 procedure to be performed on a minor child in its facility 272 without first obtaining written parental consent. 273 (3) This section does not apply to an abortion, which is 274 governed by chapter 390. 275 (4) A health care practitioner or other person who violates 276 this section is subject to disciplinary action pursuant to s. 277 408.813 or s. 456.072, as applicable, and commits a misdemeanor 278 of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 279 775.083. 280 Section 8. Paragraph (f) is added to subsection (3) of 281 section 408.813, Florida Statutes, to read: 282 408.813 Administrative fines; violations.—As a penalty for 283 any violation of this part, authorizing statutes, or applicable 284 rules, the agency may impose an administrative fine. 285 (3) The agency may impose an administrative fine for a 286 violation that is not designated as a class I, class II, class 287 III, or class IV violation. Unless otherwise specified by law, 288 the amount of the fine may not exceed $500 for each violation. 289 Unclassified violations include: 290 (f) Violating the parental consent requirements of s. 291 1014.06. 292 Section 9. Paragraph (pp) is added to subsection (1) of 293 section 456.072, Florida Statutes, to read: 294 456.072 Grounds for discipline; penalties; enforcement.— 295 (1) The following acts shall constitute grounds for which 296 the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be 297 taken: 298 (pp) Failure to comply with the parental consent 299 requirements of s. 1014.06. 300 Section 10. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.