Proposed bill in the Florida Senate addresses school health services

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Florida Senate bill sponsored by one of our state senators has some school health advocates talking.

The School Health Advisory Committee, or SHAC, addressed Senate Bill 1160 during its meeting Wednesday morning.

According to the Florida Senate website, State Senator George Gainer is the bill's sponsor, which was filed in February.

This comes on the heels of Bay District Schools, PanCare, and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County taking months to come to an agreement over the school health services plan.

While it's not clear what this exactly could mean for the Florida Department of Health if passed, a paragraph from the bill reads, "The district school board may contract with the county health department or one or more other entities for the delivery of all or a portion of the services provided to students under the school health services program. If the district school board contracts with another entity, all school health funding available for the contracted services shall be directed from the county health department to the district school board."

We have reached out to State Senator George Gainer and the Florida Department of Health for their take on the bill.

We will update this story as we learn more.

If passed, the bill would go into effect July 1, 2019. To read the PDF version of the bill, click here.