Capitol Report: Special Session on Budget Likely due to COVID-19

At the close of legislative session for those who work, volunteer or apprentice at American Children's Campaign, there’s a sense of relief. We are fatigued from the endless hours of reading (and re-reading) long bills and last minute filed amendments, which pop onto our screens at crazy hours of the day and night; from working across complex siloes of children’s services to support good policy and reform;  and from digging for verifiable facts to push back against bad legislation rooted in ideology or misinformation rather than quality research or best practice. It is said for every single line of bad policy it takes 3-5 lines to debunk and dispel. It’s ...Read More

2020-03-25T10:17:33-04:00March 24, 2020|Breaking News, Capitol Report|

3 Weeks To Go: Some Children’s Bills Moving, Most Are Not

While many posts on digital platforms made fun of the month of January for seemingly lasting thousands of days, February is certainly flying by - with the end of Session drawing rapidly closer. Bills that are moving still have a chance to make it to the finish line, but the window of opportunity is closing. Bills that don’t have a companion in the opposite chamber rarely are passed; those that haven’t made it through at least two of their committees of reference and any that have hit a roadblock, such as a committee chair refusing to agenda the issue, have exceedingly tall hurdles to overcome. Discussions in Tallahassee are switching ...Read More

2020-02-24T16:05:38-05:00February 24, 2020|Breaking News, Capitol Report|

January 27th Capitol Report – Deserving Attention

Children’s Week, starting today, also kicks off the third week of legislative session. Actually, Children’s Week began yesterday with the Hanging of The Hands in the state capitol rotunda. The brightness of the colors from thousands of hands streaming down multiple stories evoke feelings of hope and joy. Outside, in the capitol courtyard, hundreds of small children run and play amid the booths erected and staffed by provider organizations and coalitions creating a fair-like atmosphere. Cameras inside a media truck parked to the side record interviews with legislators and others about children being the future.  All of it is designed to tug at the heart to drum beat a message ...Read More

2020-01-27T15:14:03-05:00January 26, 2020|Breaking News, Capitol Report|