David Silvers is our current State Representative for House District 87. For David, it’s about people, not politics. As our legislator, David has gained a reputation as a pragmatic and effective leader who focuses on finding solutions to the challenges facing Floridians. He has worked tirelessly with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to lead the way on passing meaningful and impactful legislation.  David’s legislative record is a testament to his effectiveness and leadership as our State Representative.

David’s legislative priorities have focused on mental health reform, education reform, student safety at our universities, affordable housing initiatives, supporting children and families, and protecting our seniors. David is one of Florida’s most accomplished Legislators who focuses on policy that has a positive impact on all Floridians.  Below is a list of policy bills David has passed in the Legislature and has been signed into law by our Governor.

2020 Legislative Session

HB 945 seeks to limit the use of crisis inpatient services by children and enhance the effectiveness of our current community services for children. It focuses on three areas: mobile response teams, the coordination of children’s system of care, and crisis stabilization services. The bill addresses some recommendations from the Department of Children and Families and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission. Specifically, the bill seeks to de-escalate situations so children are less likely to be sent for a traumatic Baker Act evaluation.

This bill allows for housing provided by a not-for-profit organization that derives at least 75% of its annual revenues from contracts or services provided to a state or federal agency for low-income individuals and low-income households; that provides supportive housing for persons who suffer from mental health issues, substance abuse, or domestic violence; and that provides on-premise social and community support services relating to job training, life skills training, alcohol and substance abuse disorder, child care, and client case management. Specifically, this bill assists in affordable housing development.

Domestic violence perpetrators commonly threaten to harm or kill a family or household pet to exert control over their victims, and research shows that pet abuse is one of four significant domestic violence predictors. This bill serves to help prevent victims from staying in abusive relationships out of fear of harm to the family pet.

Requires securities dealers, investment advisers, & associated persons to report knowledge or suspicion of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults to Department of Children & Families; authorizes dealers & investment advisers to delay certain disbursements or transactions based on reasonable belief of financial exploitation of a specified adult; requires dealer or investment adviser to notify certain persons & OFR of such delays within specified timeframe.

2019 Legislative Session

The bill provides immunity from arrest, charge, prosecution, or other penalties under specified circumstances to a person who provides alcohol to an individual under 21 years old and under 21 years old who possesses or consumes alcohol. Such immunity protects a person who seeks aid for an individual believed to be experiencing an alcohol or drug-related overdose. A person may receive this immunity only by staying at the scene and cooperating with emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement.

This bill implements two recommendations of the Baker Act Task Force, which was created in 2017. This bill seeks to prevent suicides by children, by enhancing the voluntary Suicide Prevention Certified Schools Program. It helps the Department of Children and Families (DCF) collect more data on children who had involuntary examinations so they can learn how to address this issue. It also requires Baker Act receiving facilities to report more information to DCF on individuals receiving involuntary assessments. It requires DCF to analyze and report on child Baker Acts to the Governor and Legislature every two years.

This bill protects the privacy of children impacted by the Baker Act. It also provides that all petitions for voluntary and involuntary admission for mental health treatment, court orders, and related records filed with or by a court, according to the Baker Act, are confidential and exempt. The information contained in these court files will not be subject to public records and would remain private.

2018 Legislative Session

This bill allows a student to use credit earned upon completion of a Department of Education registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program toward their high school graduation. It also requires the State Board of Education to approve and identify in the Course Code Directory apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs from which a student may use earned credit to satisfy high school graduation requirements.

2017 Legislative Session

This bill requires pharmacies to report the dispensing of a controlled substance to a state database after the end of each business day, rather than on a weekly basis and gives Veterans Affairs access to certain information in the prescription drug monitoring program database.

This bill provides a safeguard for children experiencing a mental health crisis. The bill creates an expedited exam requirement of 12 hours upon admission to a mental health facility, which will allow children to quickly receive the services they need and return home to their families in an expedited manner. It also creates a task force within the Florida Department of Children and Families to review the state’s current use of the Baker Act on minors. The task force includes healthcare providers, law enforcement, school officials, and mental health advocates who will take an in-depth look at how children are affected by the sometimes unnecessary use of the Baker Act.