• The House and Senate heard bills relating to the Florida Retirement System. SB 1114 and HB 7173 were voted favorably out of their first committees. The Senate bill now heads to Appropriations while the House bill heads to the floor. Among other modifications, the bills change the default for FRS members who do not affirmatively choose a plan from the pension plan to the investment plan.
  • The Senate work-shopped the House tax package (HB 5601) and introduced a committee substitute a day later in Senate Appropriations that focuses tax cuts primarily on a reduced Communications Services Tax and a three-day Back-to-School sales tax holiday. 
  • A bill to fund homelessness programs by Kathleen Peters (HB 979) passed favorably out of its second committee of reference.
  • FAC issued an Action Alert regarding bills that would address the state-county cost-share on juvenile detention (HB 5305/SB 1532).
  • Senator Simpson temporarily postponed his environmental regulation bill (SB 1464) in Senate Community Affairs, ending the bill’s run in the Senate. Rep. Patronis’s HB 703 was not heard in House State Affairs this week.
  • FAC’s Eric Poole testified against SB 612 (Sen. Hays) that would preempt local regulations providing preference to local contractors if state funds are used to pay for 51 percent or more of the total cost.
  • The House amended HB 7065 to include a provision that would protect counties who participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and who adopt implementing regulations that limit development, from property owner claims under the Bert Harris Act.  HB 7065 is ready for the floor.  The Senate companion, SB 1326, is currently in the Appropriations Committee.
  • The House Vacation Rental bill (HB 307) passed the Regulatory Affairs Committee this week, but not before a late-filed amendment failed that would have essentially eroded a county’s ability to enforce minimum regulations. HB 307 is now ready for the floor. The Senate bill (SB 356) is in House messages.
  • The Senate Rules Committee temporarily postponed SB 372 related to developments of regional impact. FAC previously testified against the expansion of DRI exemptions. The House companion has yet to be heard (HB 241).
  • SB 862 (Sen. Bean) that would provide a recurring funding source for the State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program unanimously passed its final committee of reference and is ready for the Senate floor.