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Senate Education committee will reconvene to take up 3 more bills



The Florida Senate Education Committee had not expected to meet any more this session. The bills that were in play were, in theory anyway, already heard.

But the Florida House has strong feelings about a bill that would overhaul the way high school sports are governed.

"We know it's important to the House and several other individuals," committee chairman Sen. John Legg told the Gradebook. "So we wanted to hear the debate. We're not afraid of the debate."

Legg did not predict passage in committee of the bill, which is on the floor of the House, when his panel reconvenes Monday.

"I have extreme reservations and concerns about the FHSAA bill," he said.

For one, he said, the state should tread lightly on regulating a private nonprofit organization. For another, he continued, the Legislature needs to be careful about how it treats high school athletics and student transfers for sports.

"High school athletics is not about getting the big contract and getting to the NFL, in my view. It's about providing our students the opportunity to compete," Legg said. "If we create a free agent market, your average student who just wants to play sports might get crowded out of the system. ... Individuals could potentially game the system if we don't do this correct."

He expected the committee discussion to be the precursor to conversations leading to the 2014 session. Legg did not have any angst over the other two bills on the committee agenda (SB 1052 and SB 1406) and expected their favorable recommendation.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:28am]


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