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HB 859 - School Voucher Program - Key Vote

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NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (32-8) - (Key vote)

Title: School Voucher Program

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program for private schools.

Highlights:
  • Limits tax credits for donations to private schools to no more than $229 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the maximum amount for tax credits of $229 million will remain effective for subsequent years, unless the tax credit amount reached in a previous year was 90 percent or greater of the previously defined maximum amount (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a student to apply for a tax credit scholarship to private school if the student meets 1 or more of the following requirements (Sec. 1):
    • The student is currently in foster care or was placed in foster care within the past year;
    • The student is applying for the scholarship for the first time and is a sibling of, and resides with, a current scholarship recipient; or
    • The student is eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches under the National School Lunch Act and:
      • Was a full-time student during the previous fiscal year;
      • Received a scholarship from an eligible non-profit scholarship funding organization or from the State of Florida in the previous school year; or
      • Is eligible to enter kindergarten or first grade.
  • Authorizes students to continue in the scholarship program provided that their household income level does not exceed 230 percent of the federal poverty level (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Department of Education to make materials for state standardized testing available to private schools upon request and free of charge (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (92-24) - (Key vote)

Title: School Voucher Program

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program for private schools.

Highlights:
  • Limits tax credits for donations to private schools to no more than $229 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the maximum amount for tax credits of $229 million will remain effective for subsequent years, unless the tax credit amount reached in a previous year was 90 percent or greater of the previously defined maximum amount (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a student to apply for a tax credit scholarship to private school if the student meets 1 or more of the following requirements (Sec. 1):
    • The student is currently in foster care or was placed in foster care within the past year;
    • The student is applying for the scholarship for the first time and is a sibling of, and resides with, a current scholarship recipient; or
    • The student is eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches under the National School Lunch Act and:
      • Was a full-time student during the previous fiscal year;
      • Received a scholarship from an eligible non-profit scholarship funding organization or from the State of Florida in the previous school year; or
      • Is eligible to enter kindergarten or first grade.
  • Authorizes students to continue in the scholarship program provided that their household income level does not exceed 230 percent of the federal poverty level (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Department of Education to make materials for state standardized testing available to private schools upon request and free of charge (Sec. 1).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: School Voucher Program

Sponsors

Co-sponsors

  • Dennis K. Baxley (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Fredrick W. 'Fred' Costello (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher E. 'Chris' Dorworth (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephen L. Precourt (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
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