In Session 2021: Committee Week 5

Our annual Legislative Preview offered insight about the opportunities and limitations of the upcoming Legislative Session which starts March 2nd. United Way of Florida President & CEO Rick Owen provided an overview of the budget and Consensus Agenda, United Way of Miami-Dade Public Policy Committee Co-Chair Baldwyn English highlighted issues on our local agenda and Robert M. Levy & Associates Principal Jose Diaz gave a fantastic overview of legislative leadership – and how Miami-Dade’s delegation changed in the last election.

Meeting Materials & Presentation



United Way of Florida Capitol Day is March 31!

Participants can expect to hear from committee leaders and bill sponsors related to our Consensus Agenda.

Starting with Advocacy 101 in the morning, followed by a keynote focused on Women in Leadership at noon and sessions through the afternoon focused on education, financial stability and health. A special session for Mission United and the Legislative Veterans’ Caucus is also being planned.

Participants can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions 
9:00am – 10:00am: Veterans Caucus & Mission United
10:15am – 11:00am: Advocacy 101
11:45am – 1:00pm: Women United Keynote Speaker
1:30pm – 2:15pm: Breakout Session: Health
2:30pm – 3:15pm: Breakout Session: Early Education
3:30pm – 4:15pm: Breakout Session: Financial Stability


Legislative Agenda 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
    • Governor’s Budget proposal maintained prior year funding
  • Expand access to family support services that link families to local resources
    • Governor’s Budget proposal maintained prior year funding

Financial Stability:

  • Increase access to affordable housing by appropriating all Sadowski Housing Trust Funds for their intended purpose
  • Support keeping Floridians in their homes and mitigating the long-term impact facing people who are evicted from their homes
    • SB412 – Rouson, HB481 Driskell – Refers all evictions to mediation between landlord/tenant; eliminates requirement of back rent in deposit at Registry of Court
    • SB926 – Rouson, HB657 – Hart – Requires court to seal record of eviction upon request of the defendant for all COVID-19 related evictions
    • HB1193 – Aloupis – Authorizes tenants & mobile home owners in certain eviction proceedings to ask court to seal records
    • HB1195 – Aloupis – Provides that certain information in court records of eviction proceedings are exempt from public records requirements
    • SB576 – Jones – Prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to prospective tenant with eviction on record due to COVID-19
  • 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
    • HB 201 – Bartleman – KidCare eligibility –  Increases income eligibility (from 200 FPL to 300 FPL) threshold for coverage under Florida Kidcare program
    • SB238 – Book – Postpartum Extension – Extends current Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women from 60 days postpartum to 12 months postpartum
    • SB604 – Brandes – Dental Services – Authorizing Medicaid to reimburse for dental services provided in a mobile dental unit
    • HB314 – Duran – Medicaid Extension – Extends Medicaid eligibility to specified individuals
  • 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, HB231 – Zika
      • SB260 Passed Unanimously by Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on 2/2
      • HB231 Passed Unanimously by House Committee on Local Administration & Veterans’ Affairs on 2/16
  • 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
    • SB586 – Wright – Provides coordination of federal SkillBridge program which matches civilian workforce opportunities to veteran’s training background
    • HB071 – Willhite – Urges Congress to recognize veteran suicide & fully fund suicide prevention efforts by United States Department of Veterans Affairs
      • HB071 Passed Unanimously by House Committee on Local Administration & Veterans’ Affairs on 2/16
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