By: Associated Press
March 27, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House wants school districts to start requiring students to wear uniforms.
The House on Friday passed a bill that would pay school districts extra money if they put in the requirement for students in elementary and middle schools.
The bill passed by a 102-8 vote.
Legislators backing the proposal say that uniforms could help improve school safety. Rep. John Tobia, a Melbourne Beach Republican, opposed the bill and argued that it would cost taxpayers and parents money.
The measure that passed (HB 7043) would pay districts $10 more per student if a uniform policy is adopted. Districts are currently paid nearly $7,000 for each student.
Districts would be shielded from lawsuits if they implement the uniform policy for those grades. School uniforms would have to feature solid colors.