State Sen. Bobby Powell (D-District 30) was named a 2019 Legislator of the Year by the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) on Friday, July 19 at the group’s annual leadership convention.
“I want to thank the Florida PTA for the recognition and for their consistent advocacy on behalf of our children and youth,” Powell said. “We have a long way to go, but, together, we will continue to move the needle in the right direction, so that we can better protect our most valuable and vulnerable resource: our children.”
The Legislator of the Year award recognizes outstanding legislators who have helped to secure adequate laws for the education, care and protection of children and youth.
During this past legislative session, Powell passed legislation repealing the mandatory direct filing of children into the adult court system as well as legislation encouraging schools to use a standardized suicide screening instrument through the voluntary “Suicide Prevention Certified Schools” program.
Powell was unable to attend the convention in person, but he submitted a video expressing his gratitude, which was played at the convention.