Another anti-democratic bill is being heard in the House on Monday and we need you to take action to OPPOSE this bill TODAY. HB 999 (Andrade) Public Postsecondary Educational Institutions – aka “the MAGA University Bill” is a DeSantis priority that will do the following:
Forbid colleges and universities from spending money on any program or activity that espouses “diversity, equity, and inclusion;”
Allow only certain courses in communications, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and math courses to count as general education credits if they align with DeSantis’ ideology and “promote the philosophical underpinnings of Western civilization and include studies of this nation’s historical documents, including the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments there to, and the Federalist Papers;”
Ban colleges and universities from having majors or minors in Women’s & Gender Studies or a “derivative” from the “belief system” of CRT;
Allow faculty hiring only by the university board or president who are not required to consider recommendations or opinions of faculty and are political appointees; and
Allow a faculty member’s tenure to be reviewed “at any time” by political appointees.
Please contact the following legislators below in the House Postsecondary Education & Workforce Subcommittee AND your own House Representatives TODAY and tell them to VOTE NO on this anti-democratic bill that will only damage the reputation of the Florida college and university systems, deter the enrollments of students who would be our leaders of the future, and prevent the hiring of high-quality faculty. Lauren Melo (R), Chair (850) 717-5082 Mike Beltran (R), Vice Chair (850) 717-5070 Carolina Amesty (R) (850) 717-5045 Melony Bell (R ) (850) 717-5049 Kimberly Berfield (R) (850) 717-5058 Lindsey Michelle Cross (D) (850) 717-5060 Lisa Dunkley (D) (850) 717-5097 Anna Eskamani (D) (850) 717-5042 Tiffany Esposito (R) (850) 717-5077 Karen Gonzalez Pittman (R) (850) 717-5065 Fred Hawkins (R) (850) 717-5035 Yvonne Hayes Hinson (D) (850) 717-5021 Vicki L. Lopez (R) (850) 717-5113 Susan Plasencia (R) (850) 717-5037 Joel Rudman, Dr., (R) (850) 717-5003 Jason Shoaf (R) (850) 717-5007 Allison Tant (D) (850) 717-5009 John Paul Temple (R) (850) 717-5052 Lauren.Melo@myfloridahouse.gov; Mike.Beltran@myfloridahouse.gov; Carolina.Amesty@myfloridahouse.gov; Melony.Bell@myfloridahouse.gov; Kim.Berfield@myfloridahouse.gov; Lindsay.Cross@myfloridahouse.gov; Lisa.Dunkley@myfloridahouse.gov; Anna.Eskamani@myfloridahouse.gov; Tiffany.Esposito@myfloridahouse.gov; Karen.Pittman@myfloridahouse.gov; Fred.Hawkins@myfloridahouse.gov; Yvonne.Hinson@myfloridahouse.gov; Vicki.Lopez@myfloridahouse.gov; Susan.Plasencia@myfloridahouse.gov; Joel.Rudman@myfloridahouse.gov; Jason.Shoaf@myfloridahouse.gov; Allison.Tant@myfloridahouse.gov; John.Temple@myfloridahouse.gov Thank you,
Jean Siebenaler LEGISLATIVE CHAIR, DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CLUB OF FLORIDA