March 15, 2022
Volume 29, Number 9

Dear Seminole Family,

Thank you for taking a few moments to review the final Legisletter of the 2022 legislative session! This session, of the 3,685 bills filed in the House and Senate, the Governmental Relations team tracked 314 bills which would have some impact on the University—275 of the bills filed passed. As the Legislature meets for the final time today in this slightly extended legislative session in order to adopt the General Appropriations Act, I’d like to provide you with some insight into this successful session for both the State University System and for Florida State University. We are grateful to Senate President Wilton Simpson, Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls and Governor Ron DeSantis for all of their incredible support and leadership over the course of this session.

The SUS saw funds appropriated for performance incentives, deferred maintenance, public education capital outlay projects, as well as strategy to help solve the nursing shortage in the state.

FSU specifically saw ongoing programs such as the Institute for Child Welfare, the Institute of Politics, and the Student Veterans Center further funded. The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering received additional recurring funding and the Mag Lab received funding for much-needed upgrades to its electrical system.

The GAA also included funds for the creation of the FSU Health Science Tallahassee Center. This funding gives FSU the unique opportunity to develop an academic health center (AHC) of the future by strengthening its relationship with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) to form the Florida State University Health Science Tallahassee Center (FSU Health) to serve communities across northern Florida. The partnership aligns organizations to drive greater value locally, regionally, and for the state of Florida. The collaboration will catalyze the development of an innovation district with focus on transformative clinical care, research, biomedical innovation, and education. The construction of the new FSU Health Tallahassee Center facility will be a fundamental step in the development of the FSU Health Enterprise and will serve as the cornerstone of an innovation district in Tallahassee. It will provide long-lasting impact on economic development, accelerate highly innovative research, facilitate the establishment of destination clinical programs, and educate the health care workforce of the future.

Finally, I’d like to take a moment to say a fond farewell to our own Toni Moore who will be retiring at the end of April. Toni has given 20 years of dedicated service to FSU and over 35 years of service to the State of Florida. We wish her much health and happiness in a well-earned retirement!

Joining us as Toni transitions to retirement is Lynna Sands who comes from University Relations at FSU. She brings a tremendous amount of experience from multiple sectors of the university including administration where she worked closely with athletics, research and governmental relations. Also joining us is FSU alum Lina Rojas, who comes to us from the Office of the President of the Florida Senate. Lina has experience in both the legislative and executive branches of government where she served Governor Scott and Governor DeSantis. We are excited about the future and the experience that Lynna and Lina bring to our team.

Below you will find a final update on some of the bills that were tracked this session related to the work of the University along with a budget reference guide. Please reach out to me or Toni Moore if you have any questions about these bills or anything related to the legislative process. We will issue an update to the list once the Governor has taken his final actions on the list.

I wish you all the best and am grateful for your interest in keeping FSU and the state university system in Florida the best in the country as we continue to educate the next generation of elite students.

Yours in Seminole Spirit,

Clay Ingram

Budget Update

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Spotlight on Bills

Spotlight on Bills

Bills that Passed

Bills that Failed