(1) There is created the Florida Early Learning Advisory Council within the Office of Early Learning. The purpose of the advisory council is to submit recommendations to the department on the early learning policy of this state, including recommendations relating to administration of the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program under this part and the school readiness programs under s. 411.01. (2) The advisory council shall be composed of the following members:
(a) The chair of the advisory council who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
(b) The chair of each early learning coalition.
(c) One member who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the President of the Senate.
(d) One member who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The chair of the advisory council appointed by the Governor and the members appointed by the presiding officers of the Legislature must each have a background in early learning.
(3) The advisory council shall meet at least quarterly but may meet as often as necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities.
(4)(a) Each member of the advisory council shall serve without compensation but is entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses for attendance at council meetings as provided in s. 112.061.
(b) Each member of the advisory council is subject to the ethics provisions in part III of chapter 112.
(c) For purposes of tort liability, each member of the advisory council shall be governed by s. 768.28.
(5) The Office of Early Learning shall provide staff and administrative support for the advisory council.