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LFN Florida Legislative Ticker

UPDATED 2/19/17

The Liberty First Network Florida legislative ticker will keep you up to date on the bills that we are following closely and give you all the information you need to know to help make sure that you can take action to help.

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These are the bills we are tracking through both the Florida House and Senate as of 2/19/17. This list will continue to grow as more bills are filed.  

 

REPEAL RED LIGHT CAMERAS

SB 630 (SUPPORT) by Senator Daphne Campbell-Traffic Infraction Detectors: Repealing provisions relating to the definitions of “local hearing officer” and “traffic infraction detector” and to the installation and use of traffic infraction detectors.

Referred to:

  • Transportation Committee
  • Community Affairs Committee
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: Now in Transportation Committee

 

HB 6007 (SUPPORT) by Representative Bryan Avila-Traffic Infraction Detectors: Repealing provisions relating to the definitions of “local hearing officer” and “traffic infraction detector” and to the installation and use of traffic infraction detectors.

Referred to:

  • Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee
  • Appropriations Committee (Passed 20-7 on February 7th, 2017)
  • Government Accountability Committee.

STATUS: HB 6007 will be heard in the Government Accountability Committee on 02/21/17 at 10:00 am CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

 

HEALTH CARE

SB 240 (SUPPORT) by Senator Tom Lee-Direct Primary Care: Specifying that a direct primary care agreement does not constitute insurance and is not subject to ch. 636, F.S., relating to prepaid limited health service organizations and discount medical plan organizations, or any other chapter of the Florida Insurance Code; providing that certain certificates of authority and licenses are not required to market, sell, or offer to sell a direct primary care agreement, etc

Referred to:

  • Banking and Insurance Committee (Passed 8-0 on February 7, 2017)
  • Health Policy Committee
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: SB 240 will be heard in the Senate Health Policy Committee on 02/21/17 at 12:30 pm CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

HB 161 (SUPPORT) by Representative Danny Burgess- Direct Primary Care: Specifying that a direct primary care agreement does not constitute insurance and is not subject to ch. 636, F.S., relating to prepaid limited health service organizations and discount medical plan organizations, or any other chapter of the Florida Insurance Code; providing that certain certificates of authority and licenses are not required to market, sell, or offer to sell a direct primary care agreement, etc.

Referred to:

  • Health Innovation Subcommittee (Passed 15-0 on February 15th, 2017)
  • Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Health and Human Services Committee

STATUS: Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee

 

CORPORATE WELFARE

SB 236 (SUPPORT) by Senator Tom Lee-Sports Development: Repealing provisions relating to state funding for sports facility development by a unit of local government, or by a certified beneficiary or other applicant, on property owned by the local government, etc.

Referred to:

  • Commerce and Tourism Committee
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation
  • Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations Committee
  • Rules Committee.

STATUS: Now in Commerce and Tourism Committee

 

HB 7005 (SUPPORT) by the Careers and Competition Subcommittee- Economic Programs: Repeals specified programs; transfers duties, records, pending issues, rules, & unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, & other public funds relating to certain programs to DEO; provides transitional provisions for terminated programs; provides for transfer of certain funds to General Revenue Fund; requires DEO to pay outstanding debts & obligations of certain trust funds & CFO to close out & remove such trust funds from state accounting systems.

HB 7005 will eliminate the state’s economic incentive programs, such as Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. Enterprise Florida is the public-private partnership that works under a contract with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to implement economic incentive programs.

Referred to:

  • Careers and Competition Subcommittee (Passed 10-5 on February 8th, 2017)
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: HB 7005 will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday February 21st, 2017 at 1:00 PM. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

 

PROPERTY RIGHTS

SB 188 (SUPPORT) by Senator Greg Steube-Vacation Rentals; Providing that local laws, ordinances, and regulations adopted after a certain date may not restrict the use of, prohibit, or regulate vacation rentals based solely on their classification, use, or occupancy, etc.

Referred to:

  • Regulated Industries Committee
  • Community Affairs Committee
  • Rules Committee

STATUS: Now in Regulated Industries Committee

HB 425 (SUPPORT) by Representative Mike LaRosa-Vacation Rentals; Providing that local laws, ordinances, and regulations adopted after a certain date may not restrict the use of, prohibit, or regulate vacation rentals based solely on their classification, use, or occupancy, etc.

Referred to:

  • Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee
  • Careers & Competition Subcommittee
  • Commerce Committee

STATUS: Now in Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee

 

REGULATIONS (Uber, Lyft)

SB 340 (SUPPORT) by Senator Jeff Brandes- Transportation Network Companies: Specifies that transportation network company (TNC), TNC drivers, & TNC vehicles are governed exclusively by state law; prohibits local governmental entities & subdivisions from taking specified actions; provides applicability & construction. Provides that transportation network company (TNC) driver is not required to register certain vehicles as commercial motor vehicles/for-hire vehicles; provides that TNC drivers are independent contractors. Provides automobile insurance requirements & requirements for specified proof of coverage; requires TNC to implement zero-tolerance policy for drug/alcohol use; provides TNC driver requirements; requires TNC to conduct background check for TNC driver; prohibits TNC driver from accepting certain rides or soliciting/accepting street hails.

Referred to:

  • Banking and Insurance Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Rules Committee

STATUS: Now in Banking and Insurance Committee

HB 221 (SUPPORT) by Representative Chris Sprowls- Transportation Network Companies: Specifies that transportation network company (TNC), TNC drivers, & TNC vehicles are governed exclusively by state law; prohibits local governmental entities & subdivisions from taking specified actions; provides applicability & construction. Provides that transportation network company (TNC) driver is not required to register certain vehicles as commercial motor vehicles/for-hire vehicles; provides that TNC drivers are independent contractors. Provides automobile insurance requirements & requirements for specified proof of coverage; requires TNC to implement zero-tolerance policy for drug/alcohol use; provides TNC driver requirements; requires TNC to conduct background check for TNC driver; prohibits TNC driver from accepting certain rides or soliciting/accepting street hails.

Referred to:

  • Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee (Passed 14-1 on February 8th, 2017.)
  • Government Accountability Committee

STATUS: HB 221 will be heard in the House Government Accountability Committee on 02/21/17 at 10:00 am CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

 

REGULATIONS (Self-Distribution by Craft Breweries)

SB 554 (SUPPORT) by Senator Dana Young- Craft Breweries; Exempting certain vendors from specified delivery restrictions under certain circumstances; providing that certain manufacturers may transport malt beverages in vehicles owned or leased by certain persons other than the manufacturer, etc.

Referred to:

  • Regulated Industries Committee
  • Commerce and Tourism Committee
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: SB 554 will be heard in the Regulated Industries Committee on 02/22/17 at 12:30 pm CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

HB 679 (SUPPORT) by Representative Chuck Clemons-Craft Breweries: Exempts certain vendors from specified delivery restrictions; provides that certain manufacturers may transport malt beverages in vehicles owned or leased by certain persons other than manufacturer.

Referred to:

  • Careers & Competition Subcommittee
  • Commerce Committee

STATUS: Now in Careers & Competition Subcommittee

 

JUDICIAL TERM LIMITS

SJR 482 (SUPPORT) by Senator Travis Hutson- Supreme Court Justices/District Courts of Appeal Judges: Proposing amendments to the State Constitution to create a minimum age requirement and term limits for Supreme Court Justices and judges of the district courts of appeal and require 1 year of prior service as a judge for appointment as Supreme Court Justice, etc.

Referred to:

  • Judiciary Committee
  • Ethics and Elections Committee
  • Rules Committee

STATUS: Now in Judiciary Committee

HJR 1 (SUPPORT) by Representative Jennifer Sullivan - Judicial Term Limits: Proposes amendment to State Constitution to limit to 12 consecutive years, the number of years supreme court justices & district court judges may hold the same office & prohibiting justices or district court judges from being reappointed for 1 year after leaving office. Justices and district court judges in office on January 9, 2019 & future appointees are subject to term limit.

Referred to:

  • Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee (Passed 8-7 on February 9th, 2017)
  • Judiciary Committee

STATUS: HB 1 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday February 21st at 4:00 PM. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

TAXES

Liberty First Network recommends the Florida legislature use the roll back rate to keep property taxes down and cut wasteful spending to find the funds for education. For example, the legislature could cut funding for Enterprise Florida to find some of the revenue for education. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST ACTION ALERT

SB 838 (SUPPORT) by Senator Keith Perry-Tax on Commercial Property; Providing certain exemptions from the tax imposed on rental or license fees charged for the use of commercial real property; providing for the future repeal of s. 212.031, F.S., relating to the imposition of a tax on the rental or license fees charged for the use of commercial real property, etc.

STATUS: Filed

HB 223 (SUPPORT) by Representative Larry Ahern-Tax on Commercial Real Property; Provides certain exemptions from tax imposed on rental or license fees charged for use of commercial real property; provides for future repeal of tax.

Referred to:

  • Ways & Means Committee
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: Now in Ways & Means Committee

 

ENVIRONMENT

SB 10 (OPPOSE) by Senator Rob Bradley-Water Resources; Providing an exception to the requirement that bonds issued for acquisition and improvement of land, water areas, and related property interests and resources be deposited into the Florida Forever Trust Fund and distributed in a specified manner; requiring the South Florida Water Management District to seek proposals from willing sellers of property within the Everglades Agricultural Area for land that is suitable for the reservoir project; increasing the minimum annual funding for certain Everglades projects under specified circumstances, etc.

Referred to:

  • Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee (Passed 6-0 on February 7th, 2017.)
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources

HB 761 (OPPOSE) by Representative Thad Altman-Water Resources; Revises requirements for issuance of certain bonds; provides for reservoir project in Everglades Agricultural Area; requires South Florida Water Management District to seek out specified property & coordinate with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; provides project requirements; provides contingent appropriations.

STATUS: Filed

 

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  • commented 2017-02-02 11:45:27 -0500
    it is important to repeal all regulations by local governments impeding the use of proerty people own for vacation rentals. These ordinances are outrageous
  • commented 2017-02-02 11:43:02 -0500
    We need to have open carry by people. that would serve as a deterrent against any gun carrying individual being a victim of crime or even someone committing a terrorist attack. We have a right to selfdefense
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