TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill seeking to rein in some power wielded by Florida's main governing body for high school athletics has received an initial review from the state House.
The measure (HB 1279) underwent revisions Tuesday and could come up for a floor vote this week.
Opponents, led by the Florida High School Athletic Association, contend the bill would create a system of athletic "free agency" by allowing students to change schools at will if they met the new school's academic and athletic requirements.
Rep. Larry Metz, the bill's sponsor, denied the claim. He says the FHSAA would preserve its initial role in enforcing eligibility standards.
Other supporters said the bill rightly reins in some of the FHSAA's power.
The bill would put time limits on eligibility investigations and allow judges to hear appeals.