In Session: 2021 Committee Week 1

ADVOCACY PAGE

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2021 Florida Legislative Session.

The Florida House and Senate have both started their committee meetings with public testimony protocols significantly limiting in-person interactions. We’ve continued to meet with the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation virtually, as well as, met with targeted legislators sponsoring bills related to the United Ways of Florida 2021 Consensus Agenda.

Senator Ana-Maria Rodriguez was elected chair of the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation with Rep. Dotie Joseph serving as vice-chair.

As always, our legislative agenda for the year supports the three United Way of Miami-Dade impact areas: education, financial stability and health with a special focus on veterans.

BILL TRACKING

Education:

  • Improve transparency, accountability and performance of the state’s early learning programs (School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten), thus benefiting those who fall within the ALICE population, with a focus on equitable outcomes for children
  • Increase professional development opportunities and incentives for childcare workers
  • Expand access to family support services that link families to local resources

Financial Stability:

  • Increase access to affordable housing by appropriating all Sadowski Housing Trust Funds for their intended purpose; HB13 – KillebrewSB510 – Hooper
  • Support keeping Floridians in their homes and mitigating the long-term impact facing people who are evicted from their homes
    • Permits landlord/tenant mediation without back rent in deposit at Registry of Court; SB412 – Rouson
  • Capitalize on opportunities to enhance Florida workforce development activities and initiatives

Health:

  • Improve access to affordable healthcare for Floridians, with a focus on vulnerable low-income populations
  • Increase targeted funding for prevention and treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health services
  • Maximize home and community-based services for older adults to reduce nursing home costs and waitlists

Veterans:

  • Support a MISSION UNITED initiative to enhance system navigation utilizing peer support to ensure every veteran and their family that needs assistance has an in-person contact that they can utilize to access services beyond the referral process to align with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs; SB260 – Harrell
  • Support recommendations of the 2019 Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Forward March report to reinforce best practices, reduce redundancies and implement solutions to fill gaps

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