In Session: 2021 Committee Week 1


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.



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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