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LFN Florida Legislative Ticker

UPDATED 4/22/17

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.

 

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 (Passed 5-0 on February 21st, 2017)
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (Passed 8-0 on March 21st, 2017)
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: SB 240 will be heard in the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

 

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 and Human Services Committee (Passed 18-0 on March 16th, 2017)

STATUS: HB 161 passed the Florida House 106-7 on March 30th, 2017

 

 

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 (Passed 7-3 on March 21st, 2017)
  • Community Affairs Committee (Passed 5-3 on April 17th, 2017)
  • Rules Committee

STATUS: SB 188 will be heard in the Rules Committee on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 2:00 PM

 

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 (Passed 9-6 on March 14th, 2017)
  • Careers & Competition Subcommittee (Passed 9-6 on March 28th, 2017)
  • Commerce Committee

STATUS: Now in Commerce Committee

 

 

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 (Passed 7-2 on March 14th, 2017)
  • Judiciary Committee (Passed 9-0 on March 28th, 2017)
  • Rules Committee (Passed 10-1 on March 6th, 2017)

STATUS: SB 340 was substituted with HB 221 and passed the Senate 36-1. HB 221 will be certified and sent to the Governor.

 

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 (Passed 21-1 on February 21st, 2017)

STATUS: HB 221 passed the Florida House 115-0

 

 

REGULATIONS (Craft Distilleries)

SB 166 (SUPPORT) by Senator Greg Steube- Alcoholic Beverages; Providing that the ownership, management, operation, or control of up to three vendor’s licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages by a designated Florida Craft Distillery is not prohibited under specified laws; requiring the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco to issue permits to designated Florida Craft Distilleries to conduct certain tastings and sales; specifying authorized products for sale by craft distilleries; permitting craft distilleries to retain and renew a vendor’s license under specified circumstances, etc.

Referred to:

  • Regulated Industries Committee (Passed 5-4 on February 8th, 2017)
  • Commerce and Tourism Committee (Passed 6-1 on April 3rd, 2017)
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Passed 7-2 on April 13th, 2017)
  • Appropriations Committee (Passed 18-0 on April 20th, 2017)

STATUS: SB 166 will be released to the Senate Calendar

 

HB 141 (SUPPORT) by Representative Cyndi Stevenson- Alcoholic Beverages; Provides that ownership, management, operation, or control of up to three vendor's licenses for sale of alcoholic beverages by certified Florida Craft Distillery is not prohibited under specified laws; revises provisions of Beverage Law to include certified craft distilleries; requires license tax for craft distilleries; authorizes transfer of wine & distilled spirits to vendors, retail sales to consumers, transfer of distilled spirits, application for sales room location, & tastings under certain circumstances.

Referred to:

  • Careers and Competition Subcommittee (Passed 13-1 on March 28th, 2017)
  • Commerce Committee (Passed 21-0 on April 19th, 2017)

STATUS: HB 141 is on Special Order Calendar for Tuesday April 25th, 2017

 

 

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 (Passed 6-3 on February 22nd, 2017)
  • Commerce and Tourism Committee (Passed 6-1 on March 27th, 2017)
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Passed 5-4 on April 18th, 2017)
  • Appropriations Committee (Passed 15-1 on April 20th, 2017) 

STATUS: Placed on 2nd Reading Calendar

 

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

 

 

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 (Passed 5-1 on March 8th, 2017)
  • Appropriations Committee (Passed 16-2 on Wednesday April 5th, 2017)

STATUS: SB 10 passed the Senate 36-3

 

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.

Referred to:

  • Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee
  • Appropriations Committee
  • Government Accountability Committee

STATUS: Now in Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee

 

 

TAXES

SB 1770 (SUPPORT) by Senator Tom Lee-Community Redevelopment Agencies: Requiring ethics training for community redevelopment agency commissioners; providing a phase-out period for existing community redevelopment agencies; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to declare inactive community redevelopment agencies that have reported no financial activity for a specified number of years, etc

Referred to:

  • Community Affairs Committee (Passed 5-3 on April 3rd, 2017)
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (Failed 5-2 on April 18th, 2017-pending reconsideration)
  • Appropriations
  • Rules

STATUS: Pending Reconsideration

 

HB 13 (SUPPORT) by Representative Jake Raburn-Community Redevelopment Agencies: Providing reporting requirements; revises requirements for operating community redevelopment agencies; prohibits creation of new community redevelopment agencies after date certain; provides phase-out period; creates criteria for determining whether community redevelopment agency is inactive; provides hearing procedures; authorizes certain financial activity from inactive community redevelopment agencies; revises requirements for use of redevelopment trust fund proceeds; revises county & municipal governments reporting requirements; revises criteria for finding that county or municipality failed to file report; requires DFS to provide report to DEO concerning community redevelopment agencies with no revenues, expenditures, or debts.

Referred to:

  • Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (Passed 9-6 on March 8th, 2017)
  • Ways & Means Committee (Passed 14-5 on April 5th, 2017)
  • Government Accountability Committee (Passed 18-5 on April 19th, 2017)

STATUS: HB 13 is on Special Order Calendar for Tuesday April 25th, 2017

 

 

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 (Passed 11-8 on February 21st, 2017)

STATUS: HJR 1 passed the Florida House 73-46

 

 

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. (Passed 16-3 on February 21st, 2017)

STATUS: HB 6007 passed the Florida House 91-22

 

 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

SB 1178 (Support) by Senator Debbie Mayfield-Campaign Financing: Modifying and clarifying the schedule governing campaign finance reporting for candidates, political committees, and electioneering communications organizations; prohibiting a political committee or an electioneering communications organization from transferring funds to certain entities, etc.

Referred to:

  • Ethics and Elections Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Rules Committee

STATUS: Now in Ethics and Elections Committee

 

HB 1057 (Support) by Representative Joe Gruters-Campaign Financing: Modifying and clarifying the schedule governing campaign finance reporting for candidates, political committees, and electioneering communications organizations; prohibiting a political committee or an electioneering communications organization from transferring funds to certain entities, etc.

Referred to:

  • Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee
  • Public Integrity and Ethics Committee
  • Government Accountability Committee

STATUS: Now in Oversight, Transparency and Administration 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 (Failed 3-3 on April 17th, 2017)
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation
  • Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations Committee
  • Rules Committee.

STATUS: SB 236 was reported unfavorable and is dead for this session.

 

HB 6023 (SUPPORT) by Representative Bryan Avila-Sports Development: Repeals provision relating to state funding for sports facility development by unit of local government, or by certified beneficiary or other applicant, on property owned by local government.

Referred to:

  • Careers and Competition Subcommittee
  • Commerce Committee

STATUS: Now in Careers and Competition 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 (Passed 18-12 on February 21st, 2017)
  • Rules and Policy Committee (Passed 15-3 on March 6th, 2017)

STATUS: HB 7005 passed the House 87-28

 

HB 9 (Support) by Representative Paul Renner-Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation: Authorizes Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation to enter into agreement with DEO for certain purposes & to use certain funds; provides that certain funds shall be transferred to or deposited in General Revenue Fund; transfers certain responsibilities from Enterprise Florida, Inc., to DEO; terminates certain trust funds; revises provisions relating to expenses, funds, duties, & transparency of corporation & requires one-to-one match of private to public contributions to corporation; terminates Division of Tourism Marketing of Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Referred to:

  • Rules and Policy Committee (Passed 15-2 on March 6th, 2017)

STATUS: HB 9 passed the House 80-35

 

 

EDUCATION

SB 964 (SUPPORT) by Senator Montford- Education Accountability; Requiring an application and charter for a high school charter school to require the administration of a specified assessment for graduation purposes; revising the requirements for a standard high school diploma; revising the grades in which the statewide, standardized Reading assessment must be administered; providing responsibilities of the commissioner to select and approve a nationally recognized high school assessment to administer in lieu of the Florida Standards Assessment, etc.

Referred to:

  • Education Committee
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K - 12 Education
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: SB 964 was discussed in a workshop format and not voted on in the Education Committee.

 

HB 1249 (SUPPORT) by Representative Halsey Beshears- Education Accountability; Revises provisions related to charter schools, promotion & graduation requirements, standard high school diploma designations, statewide, standardized assessment program, specified reports relating to student progression & school improvement, school grading system, & personnel evaluations.

Referred to:

  • PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee
  • PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Education Committee

STATUS: Now in Pre K-12 Quality Subcommittee

 

 

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.

Referred to:

  • Commerce and Tourism Committee
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
  • Appropriations Committee

STATUS: Now in Commerce and Tourism Committee CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

 

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 CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ACTION ALERT

 

 

 

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