Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis passed NIL legislation Feb. 16. The law allows coaches to be more involved in student deals while providing more NIL education for college athletes. The bill also requires student athletes to take additional life skills and financial literary coursework.
Summer of DeSantis
In the 2024 general election, voters will decide whether district school board candidates should run under a political affiliation. House Bill 31 proposes to amend Florida’s constitution. If passed, voters can expect to see party affiliation next to the names of candidates running for district school board positions.
About 41 bills failed to pass the 2023 Florida legislative session and local marginalized communities are now facing the consequences.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ immigration bill targets migrants in the workforce, leaving little to no room for work opportunities. The legislation pushes for stricter employee and health regulations and repeals non-citizens and DACA recipients from securing a license to practice law in Florida starting Nov. 28, 2028.
The new law prompts some worry from the UF community about the future of Native American history at the university, while others believe their efforts to preserve the history will last.
On April 28, the Florida Senate passed House Bill 1157, a bill that protects the rights of hunters and fishers by adding an amendment to the Florida Constitution. The proposed amendment will be added to the November 2024 state ballot. If Florida voters pass the bill, it will be added to the Florida Constitution.
Florida’s abundant history of instruction on Latin American and Indigenous culture may face censorship, potentially undermining the historical importance of the subjects.
Educators worry about the classrooms of future students after the Florida Board of Education issued a new set of standards for African American history instruction in public schools.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1521 into law in May, and it became effective July 1. The bill, also known as the Safety in Private Spaces Act, introduces penalties for people using a public restroom or changing facility not aligned with their sex assigned at birth.
Some UF Student Government members have made it a point to submit legislation in solidarity with students who may be affected by the new Florida laws.