House passes bill allowing ‘patriotic organizations’ access to students. Which ones made the cut?
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 1/4/23-Rep. Wyman Duggan, R-Jacksonville, chairs the Banking and Insurance Committee, Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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The bill is still in Senate committees.

K-12 students are one step closer to getting some lessons from designated “patriotic” groups after the unanimous passage of legislation in the House.

Rep. Wyman Duggan’s bill (HB 1317) would allow representatives of so-called “patriotic organizations” time to meet with students and distribute recruitment materials, with schools providing designated time for these groups to pitch their attendees.

Six organizations made the cut: Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America, the Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Civil Air Patrol, Future Farmers of America, and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

The bill also clarifies that these groups can use school buildings even after the instructional day is over, and stipulates that other groups don’t have the legal right to “equal time.” It also requires that schools set a time and date for the group to speak to students after “reasonable notice” was provided by one of these organizations.

Similar legislation (SB 1016) is being carried by Republican Sen. Tom Wright. It has two committee stops ahead, in Judiciary and Rules.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


9 comments

  • Abram Nicholson

    February 22, 2024 at 3:49 pm

    No political groups allowed. No political brainwashing allowed by either party.

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  • MH/Duuuval

    February 22, 2024 at 6:43 pm

    Looks like Kevin Carrico’s fingerprints are all over this bill. Carrico is the Duval leader of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a bona fide MAGA.
    Hard to understand how he still holds a leadership position in an organization that has done great work.
    Why does imitate a howler monkey and throw mud and fecal matter on his own organization?

  • Steven Kirn

    February 22, 2024 at 9:58 pm

    Which organizations were considered “unpatriotic”???

    • My Take

      February 22, 2024 at 11:10 pm

      Who else is there?
      Prominánt, but nonreligious, nonpolitical?
      Little League.
      Who else?

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 23, 2024 at 8:22 am

    Matt Gaetz says, “Where do I sign up?”

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    February 23, 2024 at 9:22 am

    Ban kids from ideas not controlled by the state, while simultaneously granting access to underage kids to groups that are state designated as being churchy and/or MAGA-y.

    GOPs always talk about everybody else trying to indoctrinate our kids. As is the usual case, this accusation from the FLg0P is a confession.

    How much more will the voting public take before chants of “Off with their heads” replace “Hang Mike Pence?”

  • Westonzuela

    February 23, 2024 at 9:27 am

    When will Debbie Wasserman-Schultz propose to the Weston City Council a migrant tent camp? Lots of athletic fields there and no one speaks English there anyway.

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 23, 2024 at 2:35 pm

      Last time I looked Deb was a member ofCongress. But, Dee has green-lighted a proposal to create municipal and county homeless encampments — just like the Okies in CA in the 1930s. Comprende?

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