Monday, March 8, 2021
Hastings brought out the “Teacher Victims' Family Assistance Act with the support of six Democrats as co-sponsors including U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.
Rubio first introduced the “Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act” in 2018 after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland. The proposal would have the U.S. Department of Justice offer states incentives to enact red flag laws much like the one currently in Florida.
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the three-year anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Backers of the proposal noted that more than 43 million Americans have $1.6 trillion in federal student loan debts.
In 2018 and again in 2019, Rubio teamed up with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to on the “Protecting Job Opportunities for Borrowers (Protecting JOBs) Act” which “would help to ensure borrowers are not inhibited from working in their trained field solely because they fell behind on their federal student loan payments” and “would prevent states from suspending, revoking or denying state professional, teaching, or driver’s licenses solely because a borrower falls behind on their federal student loan payments.”
At the end of last week, Florida’s two U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--cosponsored U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s, R-Wisc., bill. Johnson, who chaired U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee when the GOP controlled the chamber, first introduced the bill to create a clearinghouse “to help schools and their faculty, parents, and community officials identify school safety measures and resources for implementing them” back in November 2019.
Peters first introduced the bill in June and the U.S. House passed the measure on a voice vote in September. However, the U.S. Senate did not clear the companion bill championed by then U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Col.
“Representative Fine’s record for raising standards and accountability in Florida’s education system will serve him well on the Education Commission of the States,” said Sprowls.“Representative Fine will serve as a strong leader in this national effort to improve our schools, colleges and universities.”
Johnson, who chaired U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee when the GOP controlled the chamber, first introduced the bill to create a clearinghouse “to help schools and their faculty, parents, and community officials identify school safety measures and resources for implementing them” back in November 2019.
“Representative Latvala is a champion for education in Florida, and he has a deep understanding of its importance -- from early childhood literacy to workforce training and development. I am proud to announce his appointment to the Education Commission of the States,” said Sprowls on Friday.