Chip LaMarca, Member, Florida House of Representatives
Last week: The 2022 legislative session is officially over! This year, 3,735 bills were introduced, 4,324 votes were taken and 285 bills were passed by both houses. We passed a historic budget of $112.1 billion, including $8.9 billion in reserves. This year’s budget builds on last year’s priority to prepare Florida for a better future, with $1 billion to offset inflation on the state, $2.3 billion to restore Everglades, $50 million for beach restoration, $362.7 million for affordable housing, $82.2 million for historical, cultural/museum grants and $800 million for salary increases for teachers and staff. The Legislative Assembly sent the budget to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature.
Look forward: Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Speaker Chris Sprows and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to sign Senate Bill 1048 into law. This legislation officially replaces Florida standards assessment with progress tracking to measure student growth. Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, students will participate in short tapings instead of high-stakes, multi-day end-of-year tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Tracking progress will benefit students, teachers, and parents by enabling timely, informed instruction, helping to tailor instruction to the individual needs of each student. I will continue to support our teachers and students.