Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a civics-education proposal Tuesday for the 2022 legislative session that is similar to a measure vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis --- but with a key change. The bill (SB 188) aims to instruct students in high-school government classes on how to participate in “society, government and the political system.” The measure would seek to help students participate in such things as internships with government agencies or attending U.S. citizenship naturalization ceremonies. The measure also would establish a “Citizen Scholar Program” at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus and would provide college credit to students participating in a YMCA Youth in Government program. Brandes said in an interview with The News Service of Florida in June that his goal in sponsoring the proposal during the 2021 legislative session was to create “the Eagle Scouts of civics.” Brandes’ proposal passed unanimously during the spring session, but supporters were surprised when DeSantis vetoed the bill. In a June 29 veto letter, DeSantis wrote that Brandes’ bill “seeks to further so-called ‘action civics’ but does so in a way that risks promoting the preferred orthodoxy of two particular institutions.” When Brandes filed the revised version of the legislation Tuesday, he included a new provision that says engaging “in protest civics may not count toward credit under the Citizen Scholar Program” at USF. DeSantis signed two other civics-related bills into law in June.