On February 1, the Judicial Committee of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) defeated (2-4) an FCCB supported proposal that sought to restore the privacy clause in Florida's constitution to its original intent. Proposal 22, sponsored by Commissioner John Stemberger, specifies a person has the right of privacy from governmental intrusion "with respect to privacy of information and the disclosure thereof."
Payday lenders in Florida charge consumers an average of 278% annual percentage rate. Payday borrowers often have difficulty making ends meet when they repay the loan on their next payday, and then find themselves caught in a cycle of debt. The average payday borrower in Florida borrows 7.7 payday loans in one year; more than half will borrow 12 loans.
SB 1064 (Baxley), a bill allowing students in private school to participate in a dual enrollment program available to public school students, passed the Senate Education Committee (8-2) on January 29. High school students in the program can enroll in college courses and receive higher education credits at no cost to the student or the private school the student attends. FCCB staff expressed support for the measure during the committee hearing.