SB 1392 (Brandes) Prearrest Diversion Programs (companion bill: HB 1192 by Rep. Ahern) passed and is now awaiting action by the Governor. The bill permits local communities and public or private educational institutions to adopt a model prearrest diversion program for adults and requires a civil citation or similar prearrest diversion program for juveniles to be established in each judicial circuit in the state. The bill outlines criteria that each civil citation of similar prearrest diversion program must specify in developing these programs.






HB 7089/SB 1218 (Judiciary/Brandes): Public Safety – The bills would have amended state law to require the county sheriffs to provide security for trial court facilities. They clarified that county sheriffs and their deputies, employees and contractors are officers of the court when providing security for court facilities. These bills would have given sheriffs the operational control over the manner in which security is provided, directing
the sheriff to coordinate with the chief judge on all matters of security for trial court facilities. This bill’s language was added to HB 7061, which bounced back from the House to Senate on the final day of Session, ultimately stalling and dying in the Senate.

SB 1886/HB 733 (Brandes/Sullivan): Contraband in County Detention Facilities – The bills would have added cellular telephones and other portable communication devices to the definition of contraband in a county detention facility. HB 733 was voted up on the House floor, 80-35, and was sent to the Senate. The Senate version was amended onto several bills late in the process in hopes to pass, but it ultimately did not.

HB 471/SB 624 (Yarborough/Young): Unmanned Aircraft – These bills would have prohibited drone operation over, in contact with, or near a critical infrastructure facility such as state or private correctional institutions, secure and nonsecure juvenile residential facilities and detention centers, and county jails or detention facilities. The bills also would have prohibited using a drone to introduce contraband into a critical infrastructure facility, making such an offense a second degree felony. HB 471 was voted up on the House floor, 114-1 and was sent to the Senate. SB 624 stalled in Senate Rules and never made it to the floor. 

SB 484 (Bradley): Criminal Justice – SB 484 would have authorized a court to sentence a person for up to 24 months in the county jail in the county where the offense was committed, under certain circumstances; one prerequisite would be the existence of a contractual agreement between the county and the Florida Department of Corrections. SB 484 did not have a House companion and ultimately stalled on the Senate

HB 7085 (Health and Human Services Committee): Health Care Disaster Preparedness and Response – The bill would have required the Department of Health (DOH), rather than the Division of Emergency Management, to establish a uniform statewide special needs shelter registry, mandating local emergency management agencies to use it, rather than local registries. It also would have required local emergency
management agencies to establish eligibility criteria for local special needs shelter and procedures to allow health care facility staff to travel to and from work during declared curfews. HB 7085 was voted up on the House floor, 114-0 and was sent to the Senate, who did not consider the bill.