Anyone involved in education could soon face enhanced penalties for making sexual advances to children under their care or supervision.
That includes teachers, coaches and others who work in the school system.
The state senate gave the legislation tentative approval Tuesday.
A group of Hillsborough County High School students, who sat in the senate gallery Tuesday, originally pushed the proposal.
Any person in a position of trust, found guilty of making sexual advances toward a student, will face penalties one level higher than an average citizen committing the same crime.