Juvenile Detention Costs (Unfunded Mandate)
SB 1532 (Sen. Bradley)
/ HB 5305 (Justice Appropriations/McBurney)

  • Summary:   Amends s. 985.686, F.S., related to the financial obligation of the counties and state for juvenile detention care by moving to a reimbursement based model where participating counties and the state would equally share 50% of the actual costs of detention care; state pays 100% of the actual costs for fiscally constrained and out of state youth and counties retain the ability to opt out of the state system.
  • HB 5303 provides a repayment schedule to all participating counties for overpayments in FY08-09 through FY12-13; SB 1532 does not. 
  • Status: HOUSE: Was heard in Justice Appropriations as a proposed committee bill where it passed unanimously.  It was assigned only one committee – Appropriations. SENATE: It is expected to be heard in Community Affairs on March 25, 2014.
  • Outlook: FAC priority but too early to determine outcome.

Inmate Reentry
HB 53 (Reps. Stone, Baxley) and SB 274 (Sen. Simmons)

  • Summary:   Waives fee for identification cards issued to certain inmates; requires waiver of fees for certain inmates receiving copy of birth certificate; requires DOC to work with other agencies in acquiring necessary documents for certain inmates to acquire identification card before release; provides exceptions; requires DOC to provide specified assistance to inmates born outside state; authorizes DOC to operate male and female faith- and character-based institutions.
  • Status: HOUSE: Passed all three of its committees of reference and is on second reading in the House.

SENATE: Unanimously passed in TTED Appropriations and is headed to the full Appropriations committee before it goes to the floor.

  • Outlook: Very likely to pass – it is the Florida Smart Justice Alliance priority bill which has broad support.

Juvenile Civil Citations
HB 95 (Rep. Clarke-Reed) and SB 210 (Sen. Gibson)

  • Summary:  Requires that law enforcement officers, upon making contact with juvenile who admits having committed misdemeanor, issue civil citation in certain circumstances.
  • Status:  Neither bill has been calendared.
  • Outlook: Not likely to pass as law enforcement, Florida Smart Justice Alliance and the Department of Juvenile Justice do not support it.
Juvenile Justice Education Programs

HB 173 (Rep. Adkins) and SB 598 (Sen. Bean)

  • Summary:   Revises requirements for multiagency education plan for students in juvenile justice education programs; revises requirements effective education programs for youth in DJJ programs; revises contract and cooperative agreement requirements for delivery of appropriate education services to youth in DJJ programs; revises requirements for activities to be coordinated by coordinators for juvenile justice education programs; requires that educational program shall be based on each youth's reentry plan and assessed needs; provides requirements for prevention and day-treatment juvenile justice education programs; requires progress monitoring plans for all non-exceptional student students; requires that DOE, in partnership with DJJ, ensure that school districts and juvenile justice education providers develop educational transition plans; requires DOE to establish student performance measures and program performance ratings; requires comprehensive accountability and school improvement process; provides requirements for such process.
  • Status: HOUSE: Unanimously passed out of the House (117-0) and is in messages.

SENATE: Unanimously and is calendared in Criminal Justice on March 24, 2014.

  • Outlook: Good chance of passing – has broad stakeholder support.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
SB 862 (Sen. Bean)/ HB 1381 (Rep. Davis)

  • Summary:   Seeks to overhaul safety provisions related to the State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database and provide a recurring funding source for the program.  The bill places further restrictions on persons who may access the database, including local and national background checks and provides for criminal penalties for failing to report to the database.  The bill also requires law enforcement to obtain a court order before they are given access to the database after thousands of people’s private medical information was released to the public during a criminal case last year.  Allows the Department of Health to receive up to $500,000 from the Medical Quality Assurance Trust Fund to cover costs of the program. HOUSE version does not provide for funding.
  • Status: SENATE: The PCB passed by 7-2 vote and filed as SB862; it has been referred to two committees but not yet calendared. HOUSE: Passed Health Quality and is going to Health Care Appropriations.   
  • Outlook: Unknown - Law enforcement is currently opposed to court order requirement indicating that it will add unnecessary delays and costs to the detection of illegal prescription drug trade and possession. 

Regulation of Knives and Weapons
SB 458 (Sen. Altman) 

  • Summary:  Creates the "Uniform Knife and Weapons Act"; prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions from regulating knives and weapons; provides that certain rules or ordinances of a state agency or political subdivision regulating knives or weapons are void; authorizes civil actions against a state agency or political subdivision that enacts or fails to repeal a prohibited rule or ordinance; provides for the termination of employment or removal from office of a person in violation of the act.
  • Status:  The bill has not been calendared and has no House companion.
  • Outlook: Unknown.

Juvenile Justice
HB 7055 (Rep. Pilon) and SB 700 (Sen. Bradley) 

  • Summary:  Allows a child who has been detained to be transferred to the detention center or facility in the circuit in which the child resides or will reside at the time of detention; requires the court to hold a hearing if a child is charged with direct contempt of court and to afford the child due process at such hearing; requires that a child taken into custody and placed into secure or nonsecure detention care be given a hearing within a certain timeframe; prohibits an employee from willfully and maliciously neglecting a juvenile offender.
  • Status:  HOUSE: Passed Justice Appropriations and is now in Judiciary.  SENATE: Unanimously passed out of Judiciary and is in the Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee.
  • Outlook: The bill has broad stakeholder support and will likely pass.

Controlled Substances (Synthetic Drugs)
HB 697(Rep. Ingram) and SB 780 (Sen. Bradley)

  • Summary:  Outlaws new synthetic drug formulas on the controlled substances schedule. 
  • Status:  HOUSE: Unanimously passed out Justice Appropriations and is calendared  in Judiciary March 21, 2014.  SENATE: Unanimously passed Criminal Justice and is headed to last committee stop in Appropriations.   
  • Outlook: The bill has broad stakeholder support and will likely pass.

HB 4005 (Rep. Gaetz) and SB 314 (Sen. Brandes) 

  • Summary:  Repeals provisions relating to testing and approval of sparklers and registration of manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of sparklers; repeals provisions relating to sale and use of fireworks; repeals provisions relating to bond of licensees; conforms provisions and maintains local regulation of same.
  • Status:  HOUSE: Was TP’d in Insurance and Banking committee and has not been recalendared. SENATE: Passed the Commerce and Tourism committee 7-4 and is now in Regulated Industries, its last committee of reference.  
  • Outlook: Unknown.

Emergency Management (Special Needs Registry
HB 709 (Rep. Hudson) and SB 840 (Sen. Richter) 

  • Summary:   The bill amends s. 252.355, F.S., to require the Division of Emergency Management (DEM) to develop and maintain a Special Needs Shelter registration program. The registration program must include a uniform electronic registration form and a database for uploading and storing the registration forms. The link to the registration form must be easily accessible on each local emergency management agency’s website. The registration information must be accessible to the local emergency management agency responsible for providing shelter for that individual.
  • Status:  HB 709 passed the House Health Quality Subcommittee on March 5 and will be heard next in the Appropriations Committee. SB 840 was temporarily postponed on the same day. 
  • Outlook: Currently, local emergency management agencies are required to maintain a registry of persons with special needs. These registries are developed locally and, over the years, have been amended to reflect local needs and conditions (e.g., Miami-Dade has a registry in three languages).  Accordingly, while all counties have registration systems that share similar data inputs, a majority also include supplemental information that is specifically unique to them.  For this reason, counties have resisted a central registration system.
  • Update:  HB 709 passed the House Appropriations Committee March 20 and will be heard next in the Health and Human Services Committee. Meanwhile, SB 840 passed unanimously out of the Health Quality Subcommittee.