Center for Property Rights

2021 Leg⁠i⁠sla⁠t⁠⁠i⁠ve Wrap-Up

By: The James Madison Institute / 2021

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Expanded Education Choice for K-12 Students

  • Made scholarships available to 61,000 more middle-income families
  • Retained priority of serving neediest students first
  • Eliminated burdensome requirement of prior-public school enrollment
  • Eased charter school approval process to prevent local authorities from blocking competition

Improved Civics Education 

  • Strengthened emphasis on America’s founding principles
  • Initiated video library of first-person testimonials about life under communism
  • Embraced efforts to reward teachers who emphasize content as opposed to activism

Promoted Philosophical Diversity on University Campuses  

  • Commissioned annual survey to assess openness to viewpoint diversity
  • Enabled data collection to measure prevalence of “self-censorship”
  • Provided opportunity for exemplary schools to distinguish themselves

Reformed Regulations Freeing Entrepreneurs

  • Protected businesses from frivolous litigation because of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Preempted onerous local regulations on home-based businesses
  • Expanded cottage food limitations allowing small local food vendors greater autonomy to grow their business
  • Eliminated local licensing requirements on occupations
  • Established sales tax parity with out of state online retailers while cutting taxes for in-state businesses
  • Increased protections for homeowners from bad faith litigation in property insurance

Expanded Patient-Centered Healthcare Delivery

  • Advanced scope of practice rules for physician assistants
  • Permitted pharmacists greater autonomy and ability to dispense vaccines
  • Further expanded ability of providers to use telehealth

Increased Florida’s Innovation Environment

  • Enabled greater use of autonomous vehicles
  • Modernized and protected Florida’s election system making it easier to vote and harder to cheat
  • Addressed broadband deployment for 800,000 Floridians in areas not served currently