Two South Florida politicians are leading the charge in changing the dynamics for college athletes in Florida.
On the heels of California Gov. Gavin Newsom signing a bill into law allowing college athletes from California’s state schools to begin making money off their name, image and likeness starting in 2023, Florida state representative Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, filed HB 251 on Monday.
The bill “authorizes students participating in intercollegiate athletics to receive specified compensation; provides requirements for specified students, postsecondary educational institutions, certain organizations, & specified representatives; & creates Florida College System Athlete Name, Image, & Likeness Task Force.”
If passed and signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, it would go into effect July 1, 2020.
In addition, a spokesperson for state representative Chip LaMarca (R-Broward) told USA Today Sports that another bill was coming.
ESPN reported Tuesday that the bill giving college student-athletes power over their name, image and likeness would get signed and passed around April 1, 2020 which would give schools about 90 days until it goes into effect.