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Florida House passes 'high school free agency' bill

The body that oversees high school sports in Florida is preparing its fourth-quarter defense.

On Wednesday, the Florida House passed a proposal that strips power away from the Florida High School Athletic Association. It also eases the rules that prevent students from playing sports at schools they don't attend.

The bill, HB 1279, appeared to be dead last week. But the proposal got new life Monday, when the Senate Education Committee gave a first nod to its Senate companion. The House bill is now eligible to be heard on the Senate floor.

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FHSAA Executive Director Roger Dearing maintains the proposal would open the door to free agency for high school athletes and transform schools into "recruiting-frenzied sports giants."

"It's far fetched and it's egregious," Dearing said. "We're going to keep rallying the troops [in opposition]."

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