Members of the Florida House Education committee are again contemplating legislation that could relax eligibility rules for high school student-athletes and add oversight to the private, non-profit governing body that oversees almost all high school sports statewide.
Chairwoman Marlene O'Toole, R-The Villages, said Friday the committee had hoped to have a draft bill presented this week, but it's "not quite ready." It should be available by the panel's Nov. 18 meeting, she said.
The Senate also had a hearing last month about the Florida High School Athletic Association, but no specific legislation for 2016 has been proposed in that chamber yet.
Last spring, a bill that, some said, threatened the very existence of FHSAA cleared the House but died in the Senate.
Rep. Manny Diaz -- a Hialeah Republican who will again spearhead the House legislation for the 2016 session -- said Friday he's planning to pitch similar policy proposals that would (1) make it easier for students to be immediately eligible to participate in sports when they transfer schools, (2) add oversight for FHSAA financing and operations, and (3) improve the appeals process for investigations into athletes' eligibility.