Florida Senate Pres. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) finalized committee assignments for the 2018 to 2020 legislative sessions.
Senator Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, will chair the Education committee, with Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, as the vice chair. The Senate subcommittee on Education Appropriations chair is Senator Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, the vice chair is Senator Diaz. We are thrilled with the chairs selected by President Galvano.
“Senators Diaz and Stargel have been incredibly supportive of students, parental choice, and quality school choice,” said Ralph Arza, Director of Governmental Affairs.
In the House, House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Hialeah Republican, announced committee assignments for the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions on November 7, 2019.
- Speaker Pro-Tempore is Rep. MaryLynn Magar, a Hobe Sound Republican. She replaces state Rep. Jeannette Nunez, who is now Lieutenant Governor alongside Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.
- State Rep. Travis Cummings, Orange Park,is the Appropriations Committee chair.
- State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan will chair the Education Committee.
About Rep. Sullivan from Florida Politics/November 7, 2019: “Sullivan has shown a demonstrated willingness to further expand school choice and charter schools in Florida. In 2017, Sullivan voted in favor of the “Schools of Hope” plan. The eventual law provided for “hope operators,” who could set up charter schools within five miles of “persistently” low-performing public schools. It also provided money for traditional low-performing public schools. In 2018, Sullivan successfully championed two education-reform bills. Among those were HB 731, which provided greater flexibility to family-administered homeschooling programs. Another, HB 1279, changed accountability and transparency mandates for schools, requiring school districts to post financial summaries to their websites, among other things. Sullivan also supported the House’s “Hope Scholarship” plan, a tax-credit funded program that allows students who are victims of bullying or other violence to receive public funding to move to private schools or other public schools.”