HB 25 / SB 242 - Cannabis Offenses

Sponsors: Jones/Braynon 
Co-sponsors: Eskamani, Grieco, Mercado, Polo, Polsky, Sabatini, Stark
Status: Monitor

Decriminalizes the possession of THC active cannabis under a certain amount of grams. Reclassifies offenses over a certain amount to be first degree misdemeanors, down from a felony, and provides first time juvenile offenders with a civil citation/diversion program. Passage would reduce fiscal strain on county detention centers. Effective Date: 7/1/2020

 

HB 39 - Independent Living Task Force

Sponsor: Gottlieb
Co-sponsors: Daley, Fernández, Good, Polsky, Webb
Status: Support

Establishes the Independent Living Task Force under the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to develop and evaluate policy proposals that incentivize building contractors and developers to create mixed-use, low cost, and affordable housing options for individuals with certain disabilities and mental illnesses. The task force is made up of 23 appointees including a representative from the Florida Association of Counties. The task force will submit a report containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Effective Date: upon becoming a law.

 

Last Update: Nov. 5 - House Local, Federal, & Veterans’ Affairs - Favorable (10 - 1)

 

HB 87 / SB 54 - Tax Exemption for Diapers and Incontinence Products

Sponsor: Mercado/Book
Co-Sponsors: Stewart
Status: Monitor

Exempts from state sales and use tax of human use of diapers, incontinence undergarments, incontinence pads, or incontinence liners; In 2019, the Revenue Estimating Conference determined the bill would reduce General Revenue Fund receipts by $20 million in Fiscal Year 2019-2020, with a $48.2 million recurring reduction with a local impact recurring reduction of $12.3 million. Effective Date: 1/1/2021

 

HB 177 / SB 58 - Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program

Sponsor: Duran & Yarborough/Book
Co-Sponsors: Grieco, Webb, Willhite/Cruz, Harrell, Stewart
Status: Support

The bill facilitates the donation of unused prescription drugs and expands Florida’s existing model from only cancer related drugs, and delineates which facilities may operate as repositories. The bill would increase the access of prescription drugs to the uninsured and indigent in accordance with the Florida Association of Counties’ Guiding Principles to provide affordable health care to its citizens.

 

Last Update:

Oct. 15 - SB 58 - Senate Health Policy - Favorable (10 - 1)

Nov. 5 - HB 177 - House Health Care Appropriations (2nd Committee)  - Favorable (10 - 1)

 

HB 63 / SB 248 - Public Records/County Attorneys and Assistant County Attorneys

Sponsors: Maggard/Hooper
Co-sponsors: Grieco
Status: Support (FAC & FACA)

Provides an exemption from public records requirements to protect the personal identifying and location information of current and former county attorneys and assistant county attorneys, including the names and personal identifying and location information of the spouses and children of such attorneys. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update: Nov. 5 - Senate Judiciary - Favorable (6 - 0)

 

HB 65 / SB 140 - Fireworks

Sponsor: Rodriguez (AM)/Hutson
Co-Sponsors: Sabatini; Bradley
Status: Monitor

Creates an additional exception to the prohibition of the sale and use of fireworks. Allows fireworks for the following holidays:  New Year’s Day, January 1st;  Memorial day, the last Monday in May; and Independence Day, July 4th; New Year’s Eve, December 31st; House bill also restricts purchase to adults with requirement that retailers check identification in good faith; May create a regulatory void for local governments seeking to identify individuals discharging fireworks on these holidays. 

 

Last Update:

Nov. 5 - SB 140 - Senate Community Affairs - Favorable (4 - 0)

Nov. 6 - HB 65 - House Business and Professions - Favorable (7 - 5)

 

HB 163 / SB 68 - Homelessness 

Sponsors: Altman/Book
Co-sponsors: Grieco, Polo, Polsky
Status: Monitor

Rewrites existing homelessness statute to be more in lines with federal statutes in order to expedite funding matches. Establishes a grant-in-aid program to help continuum programs battle homelessness. Certain entities, when partnering with local agencies, are required to provide 25% of match funding to receive financial assistance. Creates a dedicated source of revenue for homelessness challenge grants from the Sadowski State and Local Housing Trust Funds. Additional appointees would be made to the Council on Homelessness of which the Florida Association of Counties is already a member. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update:

Oct. 22 -  SB 68 - Senate Children, Families, & Elder Affairs - Favorable (6 - 0)

Oct. 24 - HB 163 - House Children, Families, & Seniors - Favorable (14 - 0)

 

HB 71 / SB 130 - Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Sponsors: Santiago/Hutson
Status: Monitor

Authorizes the Governor to approve workforce training grants to charter schools that exclusively offer the Career and Technical Education graduation pathway option under the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund which promotes public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. This new grant category redirects funds from current recipients including local public infrastructure projects. Effective date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update: Oct. 15 - SB 130 - Senate Commerce & Tourism - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

HB 73 / SB 326 - Environmental Regulation

Sponsor: Overdorf/Perry
Status: Monitor

Requires counties and cities to address the contamination of recyclable material in contracts entered into for the collection, transport and processing of residential recycling materials. The contracts must define “contaminated recyclable material” in a manner that is appropriate for the local community. The bill applies to contracts executed or renewed after 10/1/2020. 

 

Last Update: 

Oct. 16 - HB 73 - House Agriculture & Natural Resources - Favorable (14 - 0)

Nov. 4 -  SB 326 - Senate Environment and Natural Resources - Favorable (5 - 0) 

 

HB 83 / SB 668 - Government-sponsored Recreation Programs

Sponsor: Duran/Book
Co-Sponsors: Eskamani
Status: Monitor

Revises the definition of the term “child care facility” to exclude government sponsored recreation programs. The bill allows counties or other municipalities to create and operate recreation programs for children at least five years old and requires such programs to offer 4 programming hours per day and to adopt standards of care specifying staffing ratios, minimum staff qualifications, health and safety standards, and level 2 background screening requirement for all staff and volunteers. Such programs must notify parents of all children participating in the program that the program is not state-licensed, and the program may not advertise itself as a child care facility. Programs must provide the county or municipality’s standards of care to all parents. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

SB 88 - Child Care Facilities

Sponsor: Stewart
Co-Sponsors: Book, Torres, Jr.
Status: Monitor

Alarm systems would be required in vehicles used to transport children that are owned by certain child care facilities to ensure children are not accidentally left in vehicles. Local governments with child care programs may face a fiscal impact for the retrofitting of all relevant vehicles.

 

Last Update: Nov. 5 - SB 88 - Senate Children, Families, & Elder Affairs - Favorable (7 - 0)

 

SB 90 - Discrimination in Labor and Employment

Sponsor: Stewart
Co-Sponsors: Berman, Book, Cruz
Status: Monitor

Creates the “Senator Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act”; prohibits an employer from providing less favorable employment opportunities to employees based on their sex; prohibits an employer from taking certain employment actions against employees; prohibits an employer from engaging in certain activities relating to wages and benefits. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 93 / SB 192 - Sales Tax Exemption/Independent Living

Sponsors: Casello/Berman
Co-Sponsors: Daley; Cruz
Status: Monitor

Exempts from sales and use tax specified items that assist in independent living when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use; items include bed transfer handles, bed rails, grab bars, shower seats; This exemption does not apply to a purchase made by a business, including a medical institution or an assisted living facility.The Revenue Estimating Conference estimated the cost of a similar bill for the 2019 session and found it would reduce General Revenue Fund receipts by $1.1 million for the first year, with a recurring loss of $2.7 million. Additionally, the conference estimated local government revenues will be reduced by approximately $300,000 for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, with a recurring loss of $700,000.  Effective Date: 1/1/2021.

 

Last Update: Oct. 22 - SB 192 - Senate Children, Families, & Elder Affairs - Favorable (6 - 0)

 

HB 97 - State Renewable Energy Goals

Sponsor: Eskamani
Status: Monitor

Requires that all electricity used in the state be generated by renewable energy by 2050; directs Office of Energy within DACS to develop unified statewide plan; requires state & public entities to cooperate as requested with the plan; provides plan requirements; requires office to submit plan & updates to Governor & Legislature by 1/1/2022 and provide annual updates; Effective Date: July 1, 2020.

 

SB 256 - Renewable Energy

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Defines the terms “renewable energy credit” and “renewable portfolio standard”; requires the Public Service Commission to adopt rules for a renewable portfolio standard; directs the Office of Energy within DACS to develop a unified statewide plan to generate the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2050; requires office to submit plan & updates to Governor & Legislature by 1/1/2022 and provide annual updates; Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Preemption:

HB 101 / SB 246 - Public Construction

Sponsors: Andrade/Hooper
Co-sponsors: Grieco, Sabatini
Status: Monitor

Reduces the cap amount of payment retainage by local government entities for construction contracts from 10% to 5%. Removes any provisions relating to lowering of retainage to 5% at 50% completion as the cap has already been lowered from the start of the contract. Effective Date: 10/1/2020.

 

Last Update:

Nov. 4 - SB 246 - Senate Community Affairs (2nd Committee) - Favorable (5 - 0)

Nov. 6 - HB 101 - House Business and Professions - Favorable (12 - 0)

 

HB 111 - Child Care Facility Licensing Standards

Sponsor: Williams
Status: Monitor

Requires applicable facilities and large family care homes to include video cameras in all vehicles operated when transporting children; to maintain necessary operability to record at all times while in use. Local governments with child care programs may experience a fiscal impact if they are required to retrofit relevant vehicles. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

PREEMPTION:

HB 113 / SB 172 - Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act

Sponsors: Roach and Bradley
Co-Sponsor: Sabatini
Status: Oppose

Preempts to the state the regulation of over-the-counter proprietary drugs and cosmetics. Specifically, the bill prohibits local ordinances banning the sale of certain sunscreen products deemed harmful to marine habitats/coral reefs. 

 

Last Update:

Nov. 4 - SB 172 - Senate Innovation, Industry, and Technology (2nd Committee) - Favorable (8 - 2) 

Nov. 6 - HB 113 - House Health Quality - Favorable (8 - 5) 

 

HB 131 / SB 118 - Security in Trial Court Facilities

Sponsors: McClain/Gruters
Status: Support

Local sheriffs would be required to coordinate with their respective Board of County Commissioners to provide security for trial court facilities. Comprehensive safety planning would be required between the relevant law enforcement, county, and judicial officials. Judges would still retain a certain amount of authority, and deputies would be considered officers of the court in the course of their duties.

 

Last Update: Sept. 9 - SB 118 - Senate Judiciary - Favorable (6 - 0)

 

HB 159 / SB 126 - Sales and Use Tax

Sponsors: Clemons/Gruters
Co-Sponsors: Bell, Fitzenhagen, Grieco, Killebrew; Sabatini; Albritton, Baxley, Harrell, Hooper, Gainer, Perry, Stewart
Status: Support

Applies Florida’s sale and use tax laws to online/e-commerce sales from out-of-state retailers to comply with SCOTUS ruling in Wayfair v. South Dakota. The ruling declares that states may impose taxes on entities that have a “substantial nexus” to the taxing state regardless of whether the entity has a physical presence within that state; revises definitions of “retail sale” to include a sale facilitated through a marketplace; renames the term “mail order sale” to “remote sale” and revises the definition to include sales ordered by telephone and the Internet; revises conditions under which certain dealers are subject to sales tax levies and collection; Last session, similar legislation projected the value of the out-of-state collections to be $702 million per year recurring in state and local revenues, with a $148.3 million impact to local government sales tax revenue. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update: Oct. 15 - SB 126 - Senate Commerce & Tourism - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

HB 479 / SB 128 - Public Records/Judicial Assistants

Sponsor: Fetterhoff/Wright
Status: Monitor

Creates a public records exemption to protect identification information for current or former judicial assistants and their spouses and children; Exemption includes address, date of birth, telephone numbers, place of work for judicial assistants as well as the names and locations of schools and day care facilities attended by judicial assistant’s children; Effective Date: 7/1/2020

 

Last Update: Oct. 14 - SB 128 - Senate Government Oversight & Accountability (2nd Committee) - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

PREEMPTION: 

HB 133 - Towing and Immobilizing Vehicles and Vessels

Sponsor: McClain
Status: Monitor

Adds vessels to statute when defining the towing of vehicles. Prevents local governments from imposing fees or charges on authorized wrecker operators and towing businesses except for general administrative fees that apply universally. The bill exempts qualifying charter counties with 90% or more of their population in incorporated municipalities, or contains 38 or more municipalities within its boundaries. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update: Oct. 23 - HB 133 - Local, Federal, & Veterans Affairs - Favorable (9 - 5) 

 

HB 141 - Senior Citizen and Teacher Property Tax Protection

Sponsor: Bush III
Co-Sponsors: Jenne
Status: Monitor

Adds vessels to statute when defining the towing of vehicles. Prevents local governments from imposing fees or charges on authorized wrecker operators and towing businesses except for general administrative fees that apply universally. The bill exempts qualifying charter counties with 90% or more of their population in incorporated municipalities, or contains 38 or more municipalities within its boundaries. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update: Oct. 23 - HB 133 - Local, Federal, & Veterans Affairs - Favorable (9 - 5) 

 

SB 144 - Energy 2040 Task Force 

Sponsor: Brandes
Status: Monitor

Creates the Energy 2040 Task Force within the Public Service Commission to project state electric needs; requires the task force to make recommendations, based upon forecasts and projections including impacts to local government taxes on government revenues and the electric supply; requires that state agencies assist and cooperate with the task force and any advisory committees; requires the task force to submit recommendations to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor by 1/1/2022; Effective Date: Upon becoming a law.

 

HB 369 / HJR 371 & SJR 146 / SB 148 -

Homestead Property Tax Assessments/Increased Portability Period

Sponsor: Roth/Brandes
Status: Monitor

Revises the time frame to three years during which the accrued benefit from specified limitations on homestead property tax assessments may be transferred from a prior homestead to a new homestead; Similar legislation from 2019 estimated a reduction of $2.1 million to local property taxes eventually growing to annual reduction of $6.5 million. Effective Date: On the effective date of the amendment to the State Constitution proposed by HJR 371/SJR 146 or a similar joint resolution having substantially the same specific intent and purpose, if such amendment to the State Constitution is approved at the general election held in November 2020 or at an earlier special election specifically authorized by law for that purpose.

 

Last Update: 

Nov. 4 - SJR 146 and SB 148 - Senate Community Affairs - Favorable (4 - 0) and (4 - 0)

Nov. 6 - HJR 369 and HB 371 - House Local, Federal, and Veterans Affairs - Favorable (11 - 0)

 

HB 147 / SB 690 - Water Resources

Sponsor: Jacobs/Albritton
Co-Sponsors: Good, Polsky, Webb
Status: Support

Requires DEP to conduct comprehensive & quantitative needs-based overview of state's water resources including residential, commercial, environmental, agricultural and industrial funding needs as well as funding needs for local governments; DEP shall coordinate with both private and public sector entities; Report must be based on short-term, 5-year, and 20-year planning periods; Report must identify potential funding options to meet the anticipated demand on water resources; Submit report to Governor & Legislature by 1/1/2022 and every 5 years thereafter. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 149 - Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Sponsor: Sabatini
Co-Sponsors: Overdorf
Status: Support

Removes the vertical integration requirement for medical marijuana treatment centers. Removes the cap on the number of licensed treatment centers. Requires preference for applicants resulting from the Black Farmers litigation. Removes preference cap for entities that would convert citrus processing plants. Furthermore, the cap is removed for the number of dispensaries allowed which may have an indeterminate impact on local zoning.

 

SB 150 - Sanitary Sewer Laterals

Sponsor: Brandes
Status: Monitor

Encouraging counties and municipalities to establish a sanitary sewer lateral inspection program by 7/1/2022; Requires a seller of real property to disclose any known defects in the property’s sanitary sewer lateral to a prospective purchaser. Local governments may experience a fiscal impact when implementing the suggestions. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 151 - Use of Regulated Substances

Sponsor: Duran, Toledo
Co-sponsors: Beltran, Fernández, Grieco, Willhite
Status: Monitor

Preempts to the state that the smoking age be raised to 21 for tobacco and medical marijuana. Also raises the vaping age to 21 and bans flavored e-liquids. Effective Date: 10/1/2020.

 

SB 694 - Nicotine and Tobacco Products

Sponsor: Mayfield
Status: Monitor

Preempts to the state that the smoking and vaping age be raised to 21 and older. Revises legal definition of tobacco to include vaping and e-liquid, eliminates the sale of nicotine products from a vending machine in public places and the sale of all flavored e-liquid. Includes raising the age of purchase for tobacco accessories including hookahs, pipes, and rolling papers to 21.

 

HB 153 / SB 640 - Indian River Lagoon State Matching Grant Program

Sponsor: Fine, Roth/Harrell
Co-Sponsor: Overdorf, Plasencia
Status: Monitor

Provides that certain projects identified in Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan are eligible for state matching funding consideration; Directs DEP to coordinate with water management districts to identify projects & grant recipients; Potential projects include advanced waste treatment upgrades, water treatment facility expansions, and sewer system connections; DEP must submit a report to the Governor & Legislature; Requires local governments to submit an annual report on each project receiving state funding under the program; local governments may receive an indeterminate positive fiscal impact if awarded grants, but must be supported by a local match, a potential indeterminate negative fiscal impact; Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 161 / SB 206 - Prohibited Discrimination 

Sponsor: Toledo and Webb/Rouson
Status: Monitor

Cited as the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act”; Provides that sexual orientation & gender identity are impermissible grounds for discrimination in public lodging establishments & public food service establishments; revises provisions of Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 and Fair Housing Act to include sexual orientation & gender identity; provides exception for constitutionally protected free exercise of religion.

 

SB 162 - Public Records

Sponsor: Perry
Status: Oppose (FAC & FACA)

In actions initiated by the local government, the bill requires local governments to cover the other party’s attorney’s fees when a court determines that certain records must be disclosed pursuant to public records law; Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update:

Nov. 5 - SB 162 - Sen. Judiciary (2nd Cmte.) - Favorable (6 - 0)

 

HB 195 - Public Records

Sponsor: Rodrigues (R)
Status: Oppose

Prohibits an agency or local government from responding to a public records request by filing a civil action against the individual or entity making the request.

 

Last Update:

Oct. 24 - HB 195 - House Oversight - Favorable (12 - 0)

 

HB 219 / SB 164 - Eligibility for Medical Assistance and Related Services

Sponsors: Watson (B)/Thurston 
Status: Monitor

Expands Medicaid eligibility in Florida allowing for coverage of healthy individuals up to 133% of the poverty line, bringing Florida further in line with the Affordable Care Act.. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 165 / SB 228 - Youth in Solitary Confinement

Sponsors: Driskell/Thurston
Co-sponsors: Eskamani, Jenne, Polo, Polsky
Status: Monitor

Raises the threshold for emergency confinement, and limits the time it may be administered. Establishes numerous procedures to ensure the mental health of the juvenile, and prevent suicide. Limits disciplinary confinement to 72 hours. Establishes guidelines for prisoners in protective custody to minimize isolation. Applies to both the Dept. of Corrections and county commissions, who may administer guidelines for implementation. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 175 / SB 374 - Housing Discrimination

Sponsors: Davis/Rouson
Co-Sponsors: Polo
Status: Monitor

Clarifies that complainants alleging housing discrimination do not have to exhaust administrative remedies by filing a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations prior to filing a civil case in court; amends to federal law to ensure continued certification; fedral funding of FCHR will be withheld without passage.

 

SB 176 - Single-Subject Limitation for Constitution Revision Commission Proposals

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to require that any proposals to revise the State Constitution filed by the Constitution Revision Commission be limited to a single subject.

 

SB 178 - Public Financing of Construction Projects

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Requires state financed buildings in coastal zones to conduct a sea level impact projection (SLIP) study before commencing construction. Requires DEP to create a rule to implement. Provides legal recourse for the state if construction commences without the study. While governments can expect an indeterminate, negative fiscal impact in the short-term, potential benefits from conducting SLIP studies may result in an indeterminate, positive fiscal impact in the long-term Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update: Nov. 4 - SB 178 - Senate Environment and Natural Resources - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

Preemption Repeal or Supported Uniform Regulation:

HB 6043 / SB 182 - Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials

Sponsor: Grieco/Stewart
Co-Sponsors: Polo, Polsky; Berman, Rodriguez (J)
Status: Support

Deletes state preemption of the regulation of disposable plastic bags including auxiliary containers and wrappings; Repeals the state preemption of the use or sale of polystyrene products to FDACS; Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 183 - Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms

Sponsor: Ponder
Status: Monitor

Allows members of elected local bodies to carry a concealed firearm to a meeting of the body of which they are a member. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

SB 194 - Correctional Education Program

Sponsor: Taddeo
Status: Monitor

Establishes educational programs for inmates which would provide classes, and the relevant credits, that would lead to an occupational license. 

 

Last Update: Oct. 22 - SB 194 - Senate Criminal Justice - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

MANDATE:

SB 196 - Electronic Payment of Governmental Fees

Sponsor: Taddeo
Status: Monitor

Requires clerk of court to provide an electronic option for the payment of court-related fines and any other monetary penalties, fees, charges, and costs received by the clerk. Requires agencies and local governments to provide an electronic option for the payment of any fee associated with a request to inspect or copy public records. Effective Date: 1/1/2021.

 

Preemption Repeal or Supported Uniform Regulation:

HB 547 / SB 200 - Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment

Sponsor: Fitzenhagen/Montford
Co-Sponsors: Berman, Rader, Stewart
Status: Support

Prohibition of “fracking”, specifically, the performance of high-pressure well stimulation or matrix acidization; Provides that permits for drilling or for operating a well do not authorize the performance of high-pressure well stimulation or matrix acidization; Effective Date: Upon becoming a law.

 

Last Update: Nov. 4 - SB 200 - Senate Environment and Natural Resources - Favorable (5 - 0) 

 

HB 203 / SB 410 - Growth Management

Sponsor: McClain/Perry
Co-Sponsors: Sabatini
Status: Oppose

Requires local governments to include a private property rights element in their comprehensive plan. Provides a model example that may be adopted. Self-formulated elements may not conflict with the example provided. Must be adopted by local governments by 7/1/2023. Requires local land development regulations consider pre-existing personal property development orders. Effective Date: 7/1/2020

 

Last Update: Oct. 23 - HB 203 - Local, Federal, & Veterans Affairs - Favorable (9 - 5)

 

HB 207 / SB 658 - Acquisition of Water and Wastewater Systems

Sponsor: McClain/Albritton
Status: Monitor

Establishes procedure for water & wastewater utilities to establish rate base value to determine fair market value when acquiring a utility system; requires rate base value to be reflected in acquiring utility's next rate case for rate-making purposes; specifies required application details in acquiring utility; specifies duties of the PSC in approving or denying an application and adopt rules; applies only to utilities with less than 10,000 customers and are engaged in a voluntary and mutually agreeable acquisition; Effective date: 7/1/2020. 

 

Preemption Repeal or Supported Uniform Regulation:

HB 209 - Emotional Support Animals

Sponsor: Killebrew
Co-Sponsors: Polsky
Status: Monitor

Bars discrimination and extra fees on individuals in rented dwellings who have an emotional support animal (ESA). Furthermore ESA’s would be clearly defined, but would require proper licensing and verification of proof. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

SB 210 / SB 212 - Medical Marijuana Retail Facilities

Sponsor: Thurston 
Status: Monitor

Codifies medical marijuana retail facilities, and the sale of edibles for medical marijuana. Vertical integration would be prohibited and local governments still retain the ability to prohibit facilities locating within boundaries. Effective Date: upon becoming law.

 

HB 213 / SB 362 - Florida Tourism Marketing

Sponsor: Ponder/Hooper
Co-Sponsors: Ausley, Fernández, Hogan Johnson, Polo, Santiago, Stone; Baxley, Harrell, Stewart, Torres
Status: Support

Saves from repeal the Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation, Visit Florida; Repeal date is changed from 7/1/2020 to 10/1/2028.

 

Last Update: Nov. 5 - SB 362 - Senate Commerce and Tourism - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

HB 223 / SB 514 - Homestead Exemptions

Sponsor: Buchanan/Gruters 
Status: Monitor

Prevents person or “family unit” from claiming a homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation if receiving or claiming the benefit in another state unless person or family unit demonstrates to property appraiser that certain conditions have been met; Provides that homestead exemption forms prescribed by DOR may include taxpayer information relating to ad valorem tax exemptions or tax credits in another state; EDR adopted a negative indeterminate fiscal impact to local governments; Applies to tax years beginning on or after 1/1/2021. 

 

Last Update: Oct. 23 - HB 223 - House Local, Federal, & Veterans Affairs - Favorable (14 - 0)

 

HB 247 / SB 224 - Medicaid Expansion

Sponsors: Polo/Taddeo
Status: Monitor

Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to require amending state Medicaid plan to provide Medicaid coverage to persons under age 65 with income equal to or below 138 percent of federal poverty level. This would align Florida with the Affordable Care Act. No effective date specified.

 

HB 225 / SB 824 - Clean Energy Programs

Sponsor: Zika/Hooper
Status: Monitor

Provides updated consumer protections for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs; Creates definitions for terms in a PACE administrator, loan, contract, and qualifying contract; prescribes certain processes for the administration of PACE programs including income qualifications, liens, prohibitive practices.

 

HB 249 - Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving 

Sponsor: Slosberg
Co-Sponsors: Grieco
Status: Monitor

Expands the texting & driving ban to a complete hands free requirement for all use of wireless communication devices while driving. Allows for billing records to be admissible records in any scenario regardless of severity. Effective Date: 10/1/2020.

 

Preemption Repeal or Supported Uniform Regulation:

HB 6019 / SB 250 - Development Orders

Sponsor: Casello/Berman
Status: Monitor

Deletes entitlement for a prevailing party to recover attorney fees and costs incurred in challenging or defending an enforcement of a local comprehensive plan through development orders.

 

SB 254 - Working Persons Tax Rebate Study

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Requires DOR, in consultation with the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, to conduct a study and prepare a report examining the implementation of a tax rebate program for certain persons or households receiving the federal Earned Income Tax Credit; Submit report to the Governor, Cabinet and Legislature by 12/31/2020.

 

HB 255 / SB 726 - Florida Commission on Human Relations

Sponsor: Antone/Rouson
Status: Monitor

Changes quorum requirements to the Commission & its panels; requires commission to provide notice to aggrieved person of the failure to conciliate; provides limitation on time civil action may be filed after alleged violation of Florida Civil Rights Act; revises length of time commission or AG has to resolve complaint of discrimination in club membership; revises timeline relating to complaints alleging prohibited personnel action. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 257 - Acquisition of Certain Professional Services

Sponsor: Antone
Status: Monitor

Provides that Consultants' Competitive Negotiation Act may not be construed to prevent cooperative purchasing between governmental agencies if certain criteria are met. 

 

SB 272 - State Preemption of the Regulation of Hoisting Equipment

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Creates an exception to statewide preemption for local worksite regulations pertaining to hurricane preparedness.

 

SB 278 - Climate Health Planning

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Requires DOH to prepare annual climate health planning report to assess the threat to human health which is posed by climate change; sets framework, considerations, and recommendations for report to include water quality, air quality, sanitation, transmission of diseases, mental health, food production, migration, mobility, wildfires, social unrest; lists entities that shall collaborate on report; Requiring the report to be published on DOH website and submit to the Governor and Legislature by 1/1/2021 and thereafter

 

HB 279 / SB 504 - Local Government Public Construction Works

Sponsor: Smith (D)/Perry
Co-Sponsor: Sabatini
Status: Monitor

Requires local governing board to consider estimated costs of certain projects using cost-accounting principles when making a determination to use own services; requires local government that performs project using its own services, employees, & equipment to disclose costs of project after completion to Auditor General; requires Auditor General to review such disclosures as part of routine audits of local governments. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.

 

Senate bill also includes language that if the project requires an increase in the number of government employees or an increase in such capital expenditures, the local government may not perform the project using its own services, employees, and equipment.

 

HB 281 - First Responder Property Tax Exemption

Sponsor: Hattersley
Co-Sponsor: DuBose, Polo
Status: Monitor

Provides tax exemption to “first responders” to include law enforcement or correctional officer, emergency medical technician or paramedic, disabled law enforcement officer or firefighter; provides that exemption be applied beginning with the 2021 tax roll.

 

SJR 282 / SB 284 - Homestead Assessments Limitation for Certain Persons

Sponsor: Diaz
Status: Monitor

SJR 282 proposes a constitutional amendment to limit homestead assessments for individuals over 65 years old who fit certain criteria.

 

SB 284 provides a homestead assessment limitation for school district levy purposes to certain persons age 65 years or older; provides that certain other persons may receive the limitation; requires property appraisers to serve a notice of intent to record a tax lien under certain circumstances.

 

PREEMPTION:

HB 305 - Preemption of Conditions of Employment

Sponsor: Rommel
Status: Oppose

Preempts to the state the right to regulate conditions of employment; Voids all existing ordinances, regulations, or policies of a political subdivision related to conditions of employment; Effective date upon becoming a law.

 

HB 381 / SB 306 - State Funds 

Sponsor: Silvers/Mayfield
Co-sponsor: Berman, Taddeo
Status: Support

Exempts the State and Local Housing Trust Funds from appropriations sweeping by the legislature, making more funding available to local governments for affordable housing initiatives. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.

 

SB 320 - Emergency Medical Air Transportation Services

Sponsor: Stewart
Status: Monitor

Creates the Emergency Medical Air Transportation Act Account within the Emergency Medical Trust Fund to increase reimbursement payments in conjunction with federal dollars to providers by the Florida Medicaid Program. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.

 

SB 332 - Land Acquisition Trust Fund

Sponsor: Stewart
Status: Monitor

Provides that $100 million be appropriated annually to the Florida Forever Trust Fund; Stipulates that funds cannot be used for certain administrative functions within DEP, DACS and FWC; Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Last Update: Nov. 4 - SB 332 - Senate Environment and Natural Resources - Favorable (5 - 0) 

 

SB 334 - Tourist Development Tax

Sponsor: Stewart
Status: Monitor

Authorizes counties imposing the Tourism Development Tax to allow the use of tax revenues to promote or incentivize film or television productions in this state; Requires such productions to include a specified statement in the production’s credits to include “Created in Florida” or “Filmed in Florida”; Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

SB 338 - Energy Efficiency Saving in State Agencies 

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Revising the energy consumption information each state agency is required to provide to the Department of Management Services to include transportation fleet energy consumption information; Requires the state energy management plan to include recommendations for state agencies to improve energy efficiency by transitioning, retrofitting, or replacing certain inefficient facilities and fleets.

 

SB 346 - Controlled Substances

Sponsor: Bradley
Co-Sponsors: Brandes, Diaz, Perry
Status: Monitor

Provides that a person who purchases or possesses less than two grams of a controlled substance, other than fentanyl, may not be imprisoned for a term longer than 12 months. Authorizes a court to depart from the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment and the mandatory fine for a drug trafficking offense which does not carry a 25-year mandatory minimum term in certain circumstances.

 

Last Update: Nov. 12 - SB 468 Senate - Criminal Justice - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

HB 365 - Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs

Sponsor: Watson (B)
Status: Monitor

Revises definition of "qualifying improvements" to include sewage treatment and seawall improvements.

 

HB 377 / SB 478 - Motor Vehicle Rentals

Sponsor: Latvala/Perry
Status: Support

Defines peer-to-peer vehicle sharing, and relevant legal obligations such as but not limited to insurance liability, recall requirements, and recordkeeping. Adds automated peer-to-peer vehicle sharing and car rentals to statutes requiring a daily surcharge for rentals. Funds from these sources would aid in the upkeep of local infrastructure and local tourism in the same way the current surcharge funds are allocated for traditional car rentals.

 

SJR 396 - Single-subject Limitation for Taxation and Budget Reform Commission

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution that any proposals filed by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission be limited to a single subject.

 

HB 395 - Transportation

Sponsor: Andrade 
Status: Monitor

Revises the salary for the Secretary of Transportation; creates a 90 day public record exemption for competitive solicitation of bids; provides exemptions to allow relevant construction crews and equipment to utilize blue lights on public roads; allows for vehicles to use their flashers in periods of low visibility on roads of 55mph or more; adds new standards for requiring the qualifications of a contractor wishing to perform state bids; updates liability limits; shifts responsibility of the lifting of tolls solely to the governor, and establishes criteria for automatic reactivation. 

 

SB 402 - Assisted Living Facilities

Sponsor: Harrell 
Status: Monitor

Numerous provisions for assisted living facilities including prohibiting local governments from issuing business tax receipts in lieu of licensure until licensure has been confirmed with state agencies. Furthermore facilities must comply with county emergency management standards and submit an emergency management plan within 30 days of licensure, and revises fire safety standards.

 

Last Update: Nov. 5 - SB 402 - Senate Health Quality -  Favorable (9 - 0)

 

HB 405 / SB 686 - Stormwater Management Systems

Sponsor: Good/Gruters
Status: Support

Directs water management districts, with DEP oversight, to adopt rules for standards relating to new development & redevelopment projects to include design and performance standards that increase the removal of nutrients from stormwater discharges; directs DEP & districts to amend such rules into applicant's handbook; provides rebuttable presumption relating to water quality standards for certain systems; directs DEP & districts to initiate rulemaking.

 

SB 426 - Regional Rural Development Grants Program

Sponsor: Montford
Co-Sponsor: Albritton
Status: Support

Modifies the grant program to reduce matching requirements, increases the maximum grant to RAOs from $150,000 to $250,000, and allows grant funds to build the professional capacity of Opportunity Florida, Florida’s Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity, and North Florida Economic Development Partnership.

 

Last Update: Nov. 5 - SB 426 - Senate Commerce and Tourism - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

SB 428 - Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms

Sponsor: Braynon 
Co-Sponsors: Berman, Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Expands prohibited locations for openly or concealed carrying of a firearm to include performing arts centers and theaters. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.

 

HB 429 / SB 508 - Sales Tax Absorption

Sponsor: Valdes/Baxley
Status: Monitor

Authorizes dealers, subject to specified conditions, to advertise or hold out to the public that they will absorb all or part of sales & use tax on taxable transactions, or refund any part thereof to purchaser; dealers may not indicate or imply that the transaction is exempt or excluded from the tax; revises criminal penalty; provides that certain persons who unlawfully fail to remit absorbed sales taxes commit theft of state funds. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 435 / SB 636 - Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Sponsor: Valdes/Stargel
Status: Monitor

Authorizes DHSMV or its authorized agents to collect e-mail addresses & use e-mail or text messaging in lieu of the United States Postal Service for the purpose of providing information, including, but not limited to, renewal notices, appointment scheduling information, tax collector office locations, hours of operation, contact information, driving skills testing locations, and website information. The bill subjects this information to public records requests.

 

SB 438 / HB 489 - Land Acquisition Trust Fund

Sponsor: Harrell/Plasencia
Status: Support

Authorizes DHSMV or its authorized agents to collect e-mail addresses & use e-mail or text messaging in lieu of the United States Postal Service for the purpose of providing information, including, but not limited to, renewal notices, appointment scheduling information, tax collector office locations, hours of operation, contact information, driving skills testing locations, and website information. The bill subjects this information to public records requests.

 

HB 439 / SB 642 - Internship Tax Credit Program

Sponsor: Daley/Powell
Status: Monitor

Provides corporate income tax credit up to $2,000 per student intern for qualified businesses; provides eligibility criteria; limits amount of tax credit which qualified business may claim up to $10,000; authorizes Department of Revenue to adopt rules governing applications & establishing qualification requirements; authorizes business to carry forward tax credit for specified period. Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

HB 441 / SB 506 - Public Procurement of Services

Sponsor: Perry
Status: Monitor

Revising the maximum dollar amount for continuing contracts for construction projects from $2 million to $5 million; revises the maximum dollar amount for study activity from $200,000 to $500,000; requiring the Department of Management Services to annually adjust by rule the statutory caps for continuing contracts.

 

SB 446 - Renewable Energy

Sponsor: Brandes
Status: Monitor

Authorizes owners of commercial or industrial businesses, or third parties contracted by such owners, to install, maintain, and operate a renewable energy source device on or about the structure in which the business operates or on a property the business owns or leases; Authorizes owners or contracted third parties to sell electricity generated from the device to adjacent businesses; Allows utility to seek cost recovery from customers if rates are significantly impacted by renewable energy use; Provides that rebates or incentives are exclusive to the sole property owner of the renewable energy source device; Allows PSC to adopt rules; May affect operations of local government-owned utilities. Effective date: 7/1/2020.

 

SB 452 - Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Directs the Office of Energy within DACS along with the Florida Clean Cities Coalitions to develop and adopt by 7/1/2021 a master plan for electric vehicle charging stations on the state highway system; submit annual report thereafter.

 

SB 454 - Discharge of Domestic Wastewater

Sponsor: Rodriguez (J)
Status: Monitor

Prohibiting the construction of new deep injection wells for domestic wastewater discharge or the expansion of existing wells; Requires current ocean outfall and deep well injection permit holders to install a functioning reuse system within the utility’s service area by 12/31/2020 for outfalls and 12/31/2023 for deep well injections; Prohibits the discharge of domestic wastewater through ocean outfalls by 12/31/2020 and deep injection wells by 12/31/2023; Submit annual reports related to ocean outfalls and deep well injection to the Governor and Legislature.

 

Preemption Repeal or Supported Uniform Regulation:

HB 457 / SB 670 - Smoking on Public Beaches and in Public Parks

Sponsor: LaMarca/Gruters
Co-Sponsor: Mayfield
Status: Support

Allows counties to further restrict smoking within the boundaries of any public beaches or public parks that they own while also prohibiting smoking in state parks.

 

SB 630 - Regulation of Smoking

Sponsor: Mayfield
Status: Support

Allows local governments to further regulate smoking within the boundaries of public parks they own. 

 

Preemption:

SB 766 - Local Government Accountability 

Sponsor: Perry
Status: Monitor

Requiring the Commission on Ethics to create the Local Government Lobbyist Registration System; prohibiting a person from lobbying a governmental entity absent registration with the commission; requiring the commission to publish a lobbyist directory; requiring boards of county commissioners and governing bodies of municipalities, respectively, to provide notice of certain meetings in a specified manner, etc. Effective Date: 10/1/2020 

 

SB 768 - Local Government Accountability 

Sponsor: Perry
Status: Monitor

Requiring the Commission on Ethics to create the Local Government Lobbyist Registration System; prohibiting a person from lobbying a governmental entity absent registration with the commission; requiring the commission to publish a lobbyist directory; requiring boards of county commissioners and governing bodies of municipalities, respectively, to provide notice of certain meetings in a specified manner, etc. Effective Date: 10/1/2020 

 

HB 497 / SB 530 - Entertainment Industry

Sponsor: Buchanan/Gruters
Co-Sponsors: Duran, Fitzenhagen, Grieco, Raschein, Silvers; Berman, Bracy, Cruz, Farmer, Flores, Gibson, Harrell, Pizzo, Rouson, Stewart
Status: Support

Creating the Film, Television, and Digital Media Targeted Rebate Program within the Department of Economic Opportunity under the supervision of the Commissioner of Film and Entertainment; authorizing applicants to receive rebates up to 20% of qualified expenditures; requiring an applicant that receives funding to make a good faith effort to use existing providers of infrastructure or equipment in this state and to employ residents of this state; requiring the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council to determine a score for each qualified project using specified criteria.

 

PREEMPTION:

HB 519 - Private Property Rights Protection

Sponsor: Grant (J)
Status: Oppose

Requiring a local government, when it makes a settlement offer to a property owner, to treat all other similarly situated residential properties within the political subdivision similarly.Allowing a jury to consider business damages in making its calculation to determine a property owner's damages.  Removing the right of a government to seek attorney fees and costs when a property owner unreasonably refuses a bona fide offer to settle a property claim.  Requiring the Department of Transportation, in certain situations, to offer a previous property owner a right of first refusal.

 

SB 528 - Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services

Sponsor: Brandes
Status: Monitor

Allows for eligible Medicaid plan providers, at their request, to allow certain transportation brokers to provide non-emergency Medicaid transportation in any county without obtaining a certificate of public convenience. Transportation be done in permitted ambulances. Brokers include the plan’s subcontracted broker, a broker that administers the nonemergency Medicaid transportation benefit for AHCA, a licensed basic life support or a licensed advanced life support ambulance service.

 

SB 538 - Emergency Reporting

Sponsor: Diaz
Status: Monitor

Requires reporting of major events as soon as practicable by local governments to the State Watch Office following initial response. Events include natural disasters, episodes of mass violence including shootings and bomb threats, military activity, transportation and infrastructure incidents, and public health hazards. Also allows the Division of Emergency Management guideline-establishing authority for what information needs to be divulged when a report is made.

 

SB 556 - Inmate Conditional Medical Release

Sponsor: Brandes
Status: Monitor

Establishes the above program with criteria for eligibility, typically terminal illness or incapacitation with guidelines for evaluations and monitoring. A fiscal impact on local governments may arise due to the requirements on local law enforcement to carry out the relevant monitoring. 

 

Last Update: Nov. 12 - SB 556 - Senate Criminal Justice - Favorable (5 - 0)

 

SB 578 - Juvenile Justice

Sponsor: Bracy
Status: Monitor

Provides that children under 12 may not be charged with a crime; only allows children 15 and older to be taken into custody; establishes custody criteria for children 12 to 14; provides specific arrest criteria in order for a child to be arrested at their school; establishes that children taken into custody are not required to be placed in detention.

 

SB 590 - Clerks of the Court

Sponsor: Hooper
Status: Monitor

Deletes a requirement that the Justice Administrative Commission provide funds to the clerks of the court to compensate jurors and pay for certain expenses and certain jury-related personnel costs; providing the purpose of the Clerks of the Court Trust Fund within the Department of Revenue; requiring the distribution of certain funds to cover projected revenue deficits; requiring the department to deposit certain funds into the trust fund for purposes of compensating jurors and paying certain expenses and certain jury-related personnel costs; Effective Date: 7/1/2020.

 

Preemption Repeal or Supported Uniform Regulation:

HB 6039 / SB 592 - Identification of Underground Facilities 

Sponsor: Duran/Pizzo
Status: Monitor

Deleting a preemption to the state for the regulation of the types of paint or marking device or the removal of such marks that are used to identify underground facilities; keeps existing preemptions to the state of permitting and requirement of premarking or marking.

 

SB 648 - Sargassum Seaweed Matching Grant Program

Sponsor: Berman
Status: Monitor

DEP shall develop a Sargassum Seaweed Matching Grant Program to provide annual grants, subject to legislative appropriation, to qualified local governmental entities to fund projects related to the buildup of Sargassum seaweed in their coastal communities; requires a 50% local match; Require that a grant recipient comply with the Dennis L. Jones Beach and Shore Preservation Act; DEP required to submit report on funded projects.

 

SB 654 - Sales Tax Refund for Eligible Job Training Organizations

Sponsor: Lee
Status: Monitor

Providing a sales tax refund for job training organizations that are 501(c)3 organizations who provide services to low income persons, individuals who have workplace disadvantages, or individuals with barriers to employment; organizations are entitled to a refund of 10 percent of the sales tax on sales of goods donated to the organization for these job training programs.

 

SB 710 - Florida Building Code

Sponsor: Albritton
Status: Monitor

Establishes new requirements to the Florida Building Code that the entire envelope of multistory residential buildings, certain new coastal construction, new residential construction in the high-velocity hurricane zone, and hurricane shelters be constructed with high wind-resistant construction materials; requiring that all parts or systems of a building or structure envelope meet impact test criteria or be protected with an external protection device that meets such criteria; providing exceptions to the new requirement.

 

SB 712 - Water Quality Improvements 

Sponsor: Mayfield
Status: Monitor

Citing this act as the “Clean Waterways Act”; Requires DEP, in coordination with the DOH, to develop a report on the impacts of a type two transfer of the onsite sewage program; Revises the requirements for a basin management action plan for an Outstanding Florida Spring; requires the department, subject to legislative appropriation, to establish a real-time water quality monitoring program; establishes a wastewater grant program within DEP 

 

(Compare to: HB 153/SB 640 and HB 405/SB 686).

 

SB 722 - Land Acquisition Trust Fund

Sponsor: Montford
Status: Monitor

Appropriates $50 million per year until 2026-2027 from the LATF for projects dedicated to conservation and management activities to counties impacted by Hurricane Michael: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsen, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington; DEP may use these funds for reforestation, ecosystem management, fire control measures, debris removal, pollution mitigation, beach nourishment, coastal or shore protection structures and land acquisition. 

 

SB 724 - Local Government Recycling Programs

Sponsor: Albritton
Status: Monitor

Extending the goal date for the recycling of 75 percent of recyclable solid waste by counties to 12/31/2024; current deadline is 12/31/2020; provides an exemption for fiscally constrained counties meeting recycling deadlines; requiring a report to the Legislature by 1/1/2021.

 

SB 736 - Coverage for Air Ambulance Services

Sponsor: Diaz
Status: Monitor

Requires health insurers and HMO’s to provide reasonable reimbursement to insured persons for air ambulance services as allowed without conflicting with federal law. The reimbursement must serve as full and final payment to the air ambulance service, and may only be granted in forms of co-payments, deductibles, and co-insurance unless otherwise contracted.

 

HB 6007 - Restoration of Voting Rights

Sponsor: Jacquet, Williams
Status: Monitor

Revises definition of “completion of all terms of sentence” to remove language requiring full payment of fines and fees ordered the court as a condition of any form of supervision, including, but not limited to, probation, community control, or parole.

 

Preemption Repeal or Supported Uniform Regulation:

HB 6013 - Rent Control Measures

Sponsor: Eskamani
Co-Sponsor: Polo
Status: Monitor

Deletes provision/preemption prohibiting local governments from adopting ordinances or rules imposing price controls upon rents.

 

HB 7007 - OGSR/E-Mail Addresses/Tax Notices

Sponsor: LaMarca
Status: Monitor

Saves from repeal public record exemption for taxpayer e-mail addresses held by tax collectors for any of the following purposes: Obtaining the taxpayer’s consent to send a tax notice via e-mail; Sending the taxpayer a quarterly tax notice for prepayment of estimated taxes; Sending the taxpayer an additional tax notice or delinquent tax notice; or sending a third party, mortgagee, or vendee a tax notice. 

 

PREEMPTION:

HB 459 - Building Design

Sponsor: Overdorf
Status: Monitor

Prevents one and two family dwellings from being subject to local aesthetic design zoning requirements such as color, shape, and orientation of homes except for historical preservation and regulations to implement NFIP. This provision does not preclude covenants or other agreements between property owners.

 

SB 468 - Mandatory Sentences

Sponsor: Brandes
Status: Monitor

Provides criteria to allow for exemptions from mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.

 

Last Update: Nov. 5 - SB 468 - Senate Judiciary - Favorable (5 - 1)

 

PREEMPTION: 

HB 477 - Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise Local Taxes or Fees

Sponsor: Rommel
Status: Oppose

Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to prohibit municipality, county, school board, or special district from imposing, authorizing, or raising local tax or fee except by vote approved by two-thirds of membership (supermajority) & requires any such proposed local tax or fee imposition or increase to be contained in separate resolution or ordinance (single subject).

 

PREEMPTION: 

HB 537 / SB 778 - Home-Based Businesses 

Sponsors: Donalds/Perry 
Status: Monitor

Specifies conditions under which business is considered home-based business; authorizes home-based business to operate in residential zone; preempts to state licensure & regulation of home-based businesses & prohibits local government from actions relating to licensure & regulation of home-based businesses. Effective Date: July 1, 2020 

 

PREEMPTION: 

SB 772 - Recreational Vehicle Parks 

Sponsors: Perry 
Status: Monitor

Providing a timeframe for certain owners or transferees to apply for a permit; preempting to the Department of Health the regulatory authority for permitting standards; providing that evidence of a certain length of stay in a guest register creates a rebuttable presumption that a guest is transient; specifying when certain property becomes abandoned; authorizing a park operator to refuse certain individuals access to the premises and to eject transient guests or visitors based on specified conduct; providing that a person who refuses to leave the park premises commits the offense of trespass, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020