A bill commemorating the one hundredth year of women’s voting rights has successfully passed through both Chambers and is heading to Governor DeSantis’s desk for signing. Senate Bill 1306 by Senator Lauren Book (D-Plantation) creates a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee to ensure a suitable statewide observance of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
“The essential right to vote gives Americans a voice and a choice in the way our government is run and the way we live our lives,” says Senator Book. “I am proud of the Florida legislature for recognizing this watershed moment in the civil rights movement and the ongoing fight for women’s equality.”
The committee formed by Book’s bill would encourage and organize activities that expand understanding and appropriation of suffrage, and coordinate with the Department of Education and Department of State with developing public awareness and education materials. Additionally, the committee may establish a volunteer youth working group to advise the committee in fulfilling its duties.
“This bill is so important, especially for the young women of today, to know and appreciate the great strides and opportunities provided by the dedication of earlier generations,” says House companion sponsor Representative Amber Mariano (R-Hudson). “I am so proud to be a part of this celebration of such a monumental moment in our nation’s history.”