High school athletics bill passes Florida House


TALLAHASSEE — A bill dealing with reforms to high school athletics in Florida has passed the House.

The legislation (HB 31), sponsored by Rep. Ross Spano, unanimously passed the chamber Monday. It allows schools to join the Florida High School Athletic Association on a per-sport basis, along with allowing for an informal conference procedure to be used for student eligibility issues.

Private or public schools may also be a member of another high school athletic association without reprisals from the FHSAA.

The FHSAA has been opposed to Spano's bill because of a third party being used for eligibility cases. It now heads to the Senate.

Provisions allowing for high school athletes to be eligible after transferring are part of Sen. Don Gaetz's education bill.

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