Student-Led Legislation Set for Final Vote
Armwood High School students are eagerly watching the Florida Legislature this session. Several Armwood students, along with their social studies teacher Tony Pirotta, took part in the Ought to Be a Law program, which allows students to present their ideas for new legislation.
The students created CS/HB 485, CS/SB 698 “Sexual Misconduct with Students by Authority Figures”. The bill would reclassify specified sexual offenses committed against a student by an authority figure at a school. It would also increase the severity of the charges.
The proposed bill passed the Florida House of Representatives by a vote of 107-8 and passed the Senate Appropriations committee 15-0, this week.
The proposed bill is expected to go for a final vote before the Senate next week. Four students from Armwood High School will be in Tallahassee in attendance to see it passed.
Hillsborough County Public Schools has participated in the Ought to Be a Law program for nearly a decade. If passed and signed by the Governor, this would be the third student-led legislation by Hillsborough County students to be turned into law.