Legislature puts 9 patriotic organizations in public schools
Close up on a young caucasian boy wearing tan Boy Scouts of America shirt pocket with logo above in red.

Close up on a young caucasian boy wearing tan Boy Scouts of America shirt pocket with logo above in red.
The Senate made changes requiring another House vote.

K-12 students are one step closer to getting some lessons from designated “patriotic” groups after the House agreed to a Senate amendment on the bill, then voted up the larger bill without a “no” vote.

Rep. Wyman Duggan’s bill (HB 1317), which Senate sponsor Tom Wright substituted for his own legislation when the Senate passed it, 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.

Wright offered two amendments, however, a delete-all that tweaks the language but doesn’t offer major changes, and an amendment that defines a “patriotic organization” as “a youth membership organization serving young people under the age of 21 with an educational purpose that promotes patriotism and civic involvement which is listed in Title 36.” This forced House reconsideration.

Six organizations made the cut on the House side: 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.

Three new ones added by the Senate: Little League, the Marine Corps League and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

These organizations are federally designated in code, meaning that exceptions would not be permitted. Parents, meanwhile, could opt out on behalf of their students.

The bill stipulates 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.

Duggan said schools could charge for use of the facilities if they wanted, but the bill doesn’t address that either way.

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


  • JD

    March 6, 2024 at 3:09 pm

    The F@cking Boy Scouts of America should be banned from public schools and as an organization.

    A high level leader and eagle scout once told me if the sins of the Boy Scout leaders ever came to light, it would make the Catholic church look like a bunch of choir boys.

    And here is Florida pushing their access into schools because they claim some patriot moniker? While screaming groomer about drag queens? GTFO

    • My Take

      March 6, 2024 at 4:25 pm

      But it’s Red White and Blue boy buggery. No internationalist version.
      I thought a lot of this came out a few years ago.

      • JD

        March 6, 2024 at 6:44 pm

        It did, but as the quote goes:

        “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again”
        -André Gide

  • PeterH

    March 6, 2024 at 3:16 pm

    Here’s why fiscal conservatives are really paying attention:

    Working with Donald Trump is a good resume builder. Just look at all of the previous success stories:

    Roy Cohn – disbarred and indicted
    Rudy Giuliani – indicted
    Mark Meadows – indicted
    Sidney Powell – convicted felon
    Jenna Ellis – convicted felon
    Kenneth Chesebro – convicted felon
    John Eastman – indicted
    Jeffrey Clark – indicted
    Allen Weisselberg – convicted felon
    Steve Bannon – convicted felon
    Roger Stone – convicted felon
    Michael Flynn – convicted felon and Turkish foreign agent
    George Papadopoulos – convicted felon
    Michael Cohen – convicted felon
    Paul Manafort – convicted felon and obvious Russian intelligence asset.
    Rick Gates – convicted felon
    George Nader – convicted felon
    Bernard Kerik – convicted felon
    Dinesh D’Souza – convicted felon
    Carter Page – confessed to FBI that he was a Russian intelligence asset
    Peter Navarro – convicted felon
    Lyn Wood – gave up his law license to avoid disbarment hearings

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 6, 2024 at 10:01 pm

      Add Stephen Miller for human rights violations since he was the bright bulb who suggest family separation. As of Feb., 2024, some 2000 of the 5000 children taken from their parents by DJT have not been re-united with their parents.

  • Linwood Wright

    March 7, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    Modern day Hitler Youth.

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