There ought to be a law
It's do-or-die time this afternoon for the Hillsborough County teens who wrote a bill to create a statewide internship program for high school students. The House will take up the concept first (HB 1161) with sponsor Rep. Kevin Ambler leading the charge. If it passes there, co-sponsor Sen. Victor Crist will bring the bill (SB 2458) to the Senate for approval. Students have failed to win lawmakers' approval for their ideas in the two previous years that the Ought To Be A Law contest has operated in Hillsborough high schools. Not ones to let the past dampen their enthusiasm, the lawmakers and the kids already have scheduled a press conference at 5 p.m. outside the House chamber, just in case they succeed. "It takes perseverance, patience and tenacity to pass a bill in the Florida Legislature. Sen. Crist and I are optimistic that today's vote on the House and Senate floors reveals that high school students truly need an internship program to successfully compete in the 21st century," Ambler said in a news release.