2020 Legislative Wrap Up

Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities

Updated July 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Major Victory!

Gov. DeSantis VETOED SB 410 on June 30, 2020.  A sincere thank you to all of you who signed 1000 Friends’ veto petition and/or called, emailed and wrote the Governor to veto this bill.  You made a difference!  Find out more here.

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Florida faces many vital issues related to managing and planning for growth, conserving critical lands and waters, and protecting the environment. To make the best use of our limited resources, each session 1000 Friends identifies our top priorities, focusing first on legislation and budget items related to statewide planning, growth management, local government home rule and transportation, and statewide land and water conservation, recognizing that there are myriad groups addressing other issues. Below is the list of bills 1000 Friends of Florida monitored during the 2020 session based on the above priorities.

Bill Status: SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOV. DESANTISDID NOT PASS

2020 Florida Legislative Session


GROWTH MANAGEMENT/PLANNING LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 410 Perry
HB 203 McClain
VETOED by Gov. DeSantis -- OPPOSED SB 410 Growth Management
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Gov. DeSantis VETOED this damaging legislation on June 30, 2020.  1000 Friends opposed this legislation and led the charge to secure its veto.  A sincere thanks to all of you who signed 1000 Friends' petition calling for a veto, and emailed, called or wrote the Governor.  YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!  And thank you to Gov. DeSantis for having the vision to veto this damaging legislation.

See 1000 Friends' statement here.

SB 410 was intended to override county oversight for a few specific development projects but will unintentionally impact planning to protect rural lands in dozens of counties across Florida.

SB 410 would have:

• Undermined the authority of many county governments to protect rural areas from development, even if voters approved that protection

• Cleared the way for high-density development in designated rural areas, such as the rural area approved by Seminole County voters in 2004

• Required every local government in Florida to include an unnecessary property rights element in its comprehensive plan which will be costly to prepare and unnecessarily duplicates already-existing state and federal laws

• Overridden county limits on development, subjecting our communities and natural lands and waters to damaging impacts

 

Senate referrals: Community Affairs (approved 1/27); Judiciary (approved 2/11); Rules (approved 3/2) PASSED SENATE 3/5; PASSED HOUSE 3/11; PASSED SENATE 3/12 

House referrals: Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (approved 10/23); Commerce Committee (approved 2/13); State Affairs Committee (approved 2/27


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SB 1766 Lee
HB 519 J. Grant
FAILED - OPPOSED HB 519 & SB 1766 Private Property Rights Protection
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Thanks to your calls, this damaging bill was withdrawn.  We appreciate your support.

This bill was related to Florida’s Bert Harris Act, enacted in 1995, which curtails the ability of local governments to manage growth.  SB 1766 and HB 519 would have gone even further by:

  • Greatly expanding the circumstances under which a Bert Harris claim can be filed -- Under the Bert Harris Act a property owner is required to submit an application for a development order, development permit or building permit to be able to trigger a Bert Harris challenge.  With SB 1766/HB 519, if the local government fails to provide notice about a regulation, a property owner may make a claim any time after the regulation is passed if they feel that the regulation is restrictive of uses allowed on the property, but there is no requirement to formally pursue an application to see if uses would actually be restricted in the way the property owner fears.
  • Limiting the abilities of groups such as 1000 Friends of Florida and neighborhood associations to intervene in Bert Harris cases -- Both bills make a presumption that settlement offers made by the local government are “in the public interest.”  This will limit the ability of non-parties to intervene or participate in the resolution of Bert Harris cases.

Thanks to your earlier calls, a very damaging “similarly situated residential properties provision” was removed from both bills, but what remained still could have been very costly for local governments and place severe limits on their ability to manage growth. 

Why would this have been a problem for me?  These bills would have exposed taxpayers and local governments to unlimited financial liability for settlement charges and attorney fees and hinder local governments in managing growth due to the fear of serious financial repercussions.

House referrals:  Civil Justice Sub-Committee (approved 1/16); Commerce (approved 1/30); Judiciary (approved 2/6); PASSED HOUSE 3/9; WITHDRAWN 3/13

Senate referrals: Judiciary (approved 2/4); Community Affairs (approved 2/10); Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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SB 178 Rodriguez
HB 579 Aloupis
SIGNED INTO LAW -- SUPPORTED SB 178 & HB 579 Public Financing of Construction Projects
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Thank you for your calls!  This bill has been signed into law by Governor DeSantis.

SB 178 Public Financing of Construction Projects (Rodriguez) & HB 579 (Aloupis) prohibit state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 11/4); Infrastructure and Security (approved 12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government (approved 2/13); Appropriations (approved 2/27); PASSED SENATE 3/6; PASSED HOUSE 3/11

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 2/4); Appropriations Committee (approved 2/18); State Affairs Committee (approved 3/2)


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SB 580 Bracy
HB 349 Ausley, Alexander
SIGNED INTO LAW -- SUPPORTED SB 580 & HB 349 Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act
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Thank you for your calls!  This bill has been signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.  We appreciate your support.

SB 580 (Bracy) & HB 349 (Ausley, Alexander), the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, would make it easier for heirs to keep family lands in conservation before the property is divided or sold.  The bills implement simple due process measures to protect co-tenants from a unilateral forced sale.  “Heirs Property” means real property held in tenancy in common.  This bill protects landowner’s heirs if the landowner dies intestate.  Tenants in common are vulnerable to real estate speculators because any one individual can force a court-ordered sale while depriving the other tenants in common from protective due process measures. 

Senate referrals: Judiciary (approved 12/10); Community Affairs (approved 1/13); Rules (approved 2/5); PASSED SENATE 2/19; PASSED HOUSE 3/10.  

House referrals: Civil Justice Subcommittee (approved 1/29); Judiciary Committee (approved 2/6)


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HB 637 DiCeglie, Beltran
SB 1066 Gruters
SIGNED INTO LAW -- HB 637 & SB 1066 Impact Fees
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Gov. DeSantis signed this bill into law.

HB 637 (diCeglie & Beltran) and SB 1066 (Gruters) relate to impact fees, a critical tool for local governments to leverage cost-sharing of public facilities and infrastructure to meet the demands of population growth caused by new development.  The fees are imposed on new development applicants that require infrastructure that doesn't currently exist.  This bill changes the fee calculation, it requires that local governments segregate funds into a special trust fund, it requires the formation of a 7-member committee to evaluate policy and methodology and it blocks increased fees on pending applications.  All of these measures have a fiscal impact on local governments that has not yet been quantified.  In addition, local governments will no longer be able to require payment of an impact fee in advance of the issuance of a building permit, which creates a timing lag on the infrastructure being in place to accommodate the new growth.

Senate referrals:  Community Affairs (approved 2/10); Finance and Tax (approved 2/18); Appropriations (approved 3/3); PASSED HOUSE 3/11; PASSED SENATE 3/13 

House referrals:  Local, Federal and Veterans Sub-committee (approved 1/15); Ways and Means (approved 2/3); State Affairs (approved 2/20


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SB 998 Hutson
HB 1339 by Yarborough
SIGNED INTO LAW -- HB 1339 & SB 998 Housing
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This bill has been signed into law by Gov. DeSantis

HB 1339 contains provisions intended to expand the supply of affordable housing, as well as other provisions addressing impact fees, community development zoning, and mobile home parks. Among its affordable housing provisions, the new law authorizes local governments to approve the development of affordable housing on any parcel zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial use; it authorizes local governments to create a linkage fee for the purpose of funding affordable housing, and provides that certain developers are entitled to a full offset of the fee; it converts the Workforce Housing Innovation Pilot program into a permanent loan program; and it includes measures to encourage housing for persons with mental health or substance abuse problems, survivors of domestic violence and young people aging out of foster care.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs (approved 1/13); Infrastructure and Security (approved 2/17); Appropriations (approved 3/3

House referrals: Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (approved 2/3); Ways & Means (approved 2/19); Commerce (approved 2/27); PASSED HOUSE 3/9; PASSED SENATE 3/11; PASSED HOUSE (as amended by Senate) 3/13  


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SB 250 Berman
HB 6019 Cassello
SUPPORTED SB 250 & HB 6019 Development Orders
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SB 250 Development Orders (Berman) & HB 6019 (Casello) would have repealed the amendment tacked onto HB 7103 from the 2019 legislative session that provided for prevailing party attorney fees incurred in a challenge to a development order.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules

House referrals: Commerce Committee; Judiciary Committee; State Affairs Committee.


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SB 278 Rodriguez
SUPPORTED SB 278 Climate Health Planning
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SB 278 Climate Health Planning (Rodriguez) would have tasked the Department of Health with preparing an annual climate health planning report to assess the threat to human health posed by climate change and to develop strategies to help the state’s communities prepare for the health effects of climate change.  Factors would have been considered included water quality, air quality, sanitation, spread of diseases, crop yields, food production, housing and population migration, mobility and emergency response, wildfires and social unrest. 

Senate referrals: Health Policy; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations 


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SB 280 Rodriguez
SUPPORTED SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility
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SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility (Rodriguez) sought to capture the economic impact of climate change by requiring the Economic Estimating Conference to prepare a climate fiscal responsibility report.  The report was to estimate the impact of climate change on the state’s general obligation credit rating, increased frequency of natural disasters, long-term trends, including sea level rise and then require that recommendations for immediate action that should be taken over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security; Finance and Tax; Appropriations 


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SB 286 Rodriguez
SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming
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SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming (Rodriguez) nodded to the value of carbon sequestration that could be obtained by soil and vegetation management, by seeking to establish a carbon farming tax credit to benefit the state’s farmers.  It encouraged sequestration by incentivizing farmers to adopt best management practices and maintain their land in agricultural use.  The FDEP would have been tasked with determining the amount of the credit which must be based on the economic value of carbon farming.

Senate referrals: Agriculture; Finance and Tax; Appropriations


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SB 288 Rodriguez
SB 288 Private Property Rights
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SB 288 Private Property Rights (Rodriguez) would have exempted from the definition of “public utility” property owners who own and operate a renewable energy source device, produce renewable energy from that device, and provide or sell the renewable energy to users on that property, under certain circumstances.

Senate referrals:  Innovation, Industry and Technology; Community Affairs; Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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SB 306 Mayfield
HB 381 Silvers
SUPPORTED SB 306 & HB 381 State Funds
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SB 306 (Mayfield) and HB 381 (Silvers) would have prevented legislators from diverting money from the state housing trust funds to other purposes.  Last year alone, legislators diverted $125 million from the state housing trust funds, and over the past 20 years, they have diverted more than $2 billion.  February 3:  Representatives from 1000 Friends of Florida and other members of the Sadowski Coalition – the broad array of groups supporting state investment in affordable, workforce housing – declared their support for safeguarding Florida’s housing trust funds by passing Senate Bill 306. Members of the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Security then unanimously approved the bill, advancing it to its next committee, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development.  We appreciate all who called in support of SB 306.

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security (approved 2/3); Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation; WITHDRAWN 3/14

House referrals: Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/14 


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SB 690 Albritton
HB 147 Jacobs
SUPPORTED SB 690 & HB 147 Water Resources
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SB 690 (Albritton) and HB 147 (Jacobs) are identical bills that would have required the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a comprehensive and quantitative needs-based overview of the state’s water resources, specifying requirements for the overview and requiring the department to submit a report every five years to the Governor and the Legislature.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations.  WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 748 Flores
HB 587 Raschein
SB 748 & HB 587 Takings Claims within Areas of Critical State Concern
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SB 748 (Flores) and HB 587 (Raschein) would have provided for damage awards for takings claims within areas of critical state concern. The Senate version was known as the “Florida Keys Property Rights Protection Act.”  HB 387 also relaxed a limit on development within the Keys by extending its hurricane evacuation time limit from 24 to 30 hours, increasing the risk to public safety and the area’s fragile environment.  

Senate referrals: Judiciary (approved 1/15); Community Affairs (approved 1/27); Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals: Civil Justice Subcommittee (approved 1/29); Judiciary (approved 2/18); Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 1232 Rouson
HB 913 Diamond, Raschein
SUPPORTED SB 1232 & HB 913 Florida Climate and Resiliency Research Program
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SB 1232 (Rouson) and HB 913 (Diamond & Raschein) would have created a Florida Climate and Resiliency Research Program within DEP and require it to submit Florida Resiliency Plan to Governor & Legislature at least once every 4 years.  

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security; Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/14

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/14


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SB 1390 Simmons
HB 775 Avila, Aloupis
SUPPORTED SB 1390 & HB 775 Everglades Protection Area
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SB 1390 (Simmons) and HB 775 (Avila and Aloupis) would have required comprehensive plans and plan amendments adopted by the governing bodies of local governments whose boundaries include any portion of the Everglades Protection Area to follow the state coordinated review process. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 1/27); Community Affairs; Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 1/15); Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 1/28); State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 1680 Berman
HB 6063 Jenne
SUPPORTED SB 1680 & HB 6063
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SB 1680 (Berman) and HB 6063 (Jenne) would have repealed a 2018 law that overrode local “customary use” ordinances and enabled private property owners to restrict access to beachfront property.  

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals: Civil Justice Subcommittee; Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 7016 Infr. & Security Comm.
HB 1073 Stevenson
SUPPORTED SB 7016 & HB 1073 Statewide Office of Resiliency by Infra. & Security Comm.
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SB 7016 (Infrastructure and Security Committee) and HB 1073 (Stevenson) would have established the office with the Executive Office of the Governor and create a Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force within the office. 

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security (approved 12/9); Environment and Natural Resources (approved 1/13); Appropriations (approved 2/4); PASSED SENATE 3/6; WITHDRAWN 3/16

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 1/21); Appropriations Committee (approved 1/29); State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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HB 459 Overdorf
SB 954 Perry
HB 459 & SB 954 Building Design
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HB 459 (Overdorf) and SB 954 (Perry) would have preempted the authority of municipalities to apply architectural review regulations in historic districts, although individual historic buildings and properties would be exempted. “Historic properties” was not defined and therefore the bill would apply to single and two-family developments in a historic district. In response to concerns raised by the Florida Trust, the House bill was amended by its sponsor exempt properties in historic districts.  

House referrals: Business & Professions Subcommittee (approved 1/16); Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 1/28); Commerce Committee (approved 2/6); WITHDRAWN 3/16

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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HB 537 by Donalds
SB 778 by Perry
OPPOSED HB 537 & SB 778 Home-based Businesses
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HB 537 (Donalds) would specify conditions under which a business is considered home-based business, authorize home-based business to operate in residential zones, and prohibit local government from certain actions relating to licensure and regulation of home-based businesses. 

A similar bill, SB 778 (Perry) would authorize a home-based business to operate in a residential zone under certain circumstances, preempt to the state the ability to regulate or license home-based businesses, and prohibit a local government from certain actions relating to the licensure and regulation of home-based businesses. 

1000 Friends of Florida opposes these bills because they pre-empt local zoning authority.  

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Commerce and Tourism; Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/14 

House referrals: Business & Professions Subcommittee (approved 2/4); State Affairs Committee (approved 2/20); Commerce Committee (approved 2/27); WITHDRAWN 3/14


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HB 4999 by Ingoglia
HB 4999 Statewide Sea Level Tracking Program
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HB 4999 (Ingoglia) would have provided $5.95 million for a Statewide Sea Level Tracking Program in the Department of Financial Services. 

House referrals: Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 1/13); Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/14


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CONSERVATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 172 Bradley
HB 113 Roach
SIGNED INTO LAW -- OPPOSED SB 172 & HB 113 Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
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Despite widespread opposition, this bill was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis on June 29, 2020.

SB 172 (Bradley) and HB 113 (Roach) preempt the regulation of over-the-counter proprietary drugs or cosmetics to the state. This preemption nullifies local bans on sunscreen to protect damage to coral reefs, such as the one passed by Key West. 1000 Friends of Florida generally supports the authority of local governments to regulate activities within their borders – home rule – and opposed these bills.  

Senate referrals: Community Affairs (approved 10/14); Industry, Innovation and Technology (approved 11/4); Rules (approved 1/15); PASSED SENATE 1/29; PASSED HOUSE 3/10

House referrals:  Health Quality Subcommittee (approved 11/6); Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (approved 1/21); Health and Human Services Committee (approved 1/30).


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SB 326 Perry
HB 73 Overdorf
SIGNED INTO LAW -- SB 326 & HB 73 Environmental Regulation
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This bill has been signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.

B 326 (Perry) and HB 73 (Overdorf) are similar, broad bills pertaining to recycling contractors and the procedures for managing and rejecting residential recycling containers but also seek to regulate dock permitting. January 15:  The bill was amended on 1/15 to include definitions and procedures for contaminated, recyclable material.

Senate referral: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 11/4/19); Community Affairs (approved 12/9/19); Rules (approved 2/5). 

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 10/16/19); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 12/11/19); State Affairs Committee (approved 1/16); 

PASSED HOUSE 1/22;  PASSED SENATE 2/26


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SB 712 Mayfield
HB 1343 Payne
SIGNED INTO LAW -- SB 712 & HB 1343 Water Quality Improvements
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This legislation was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis on June 30, 2020.

Titled the “Clean Waterways Act”, SB 712 (Mayfield) requires the Department of Environmental Protection, in coordination with the Department of Health, to develop a report to be submitted to the Legislature by a specified date on the impacts of a transferring regulatory authority over septic tanks from DOH to DEP. The bill also revises the requirements for a basin management action plan for an Outstanding Florida Spring, requires DEP to establish a real-time water quality monitoring program, and establishes a wastewater grant program within DEP.  See 1000 Friends' position statement on this legislation.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs (approved 12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government (approved 1/22); Appropriations (approved 2/20); PASSED SENATE 3/6; PASSED HOUSE 3/11 

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 1/28); Appropriations Committee (approved 2/11); State Affairs Committee (approved 2/27) 


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SB 1042 Albritton
HB 1061 Massulo
SIGNED INTO LAW -- SUPPORTED SB 1042 & HB 1061 Aquatic Preserves
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We are pleased to report that Gov. DeSantis signed this bill inot law.  Thank you for your calls to support this legislation.  It made a difference.  

SB 1042 (Albritton) & HB 1061 (Massullo) creates the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve but prevents its establishment and management from infringing upon “riparian rights” of upland property owners adjacent to or within the preserve.  

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 1/21); Environment and Natural Resources; Governmental Oversight and Accountability (approved 2/3); Rules (approved 3/2)

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 2/4); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 2/11); State Affairs Committee (approved 2/27)

PASSED HOUSE 3/9; PASSED SENATE 3/11


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SB 1794 Hutson
HB 7037 J. Grant
SIGNED INTO LAW -- OPPOSED SB 1794 & HB 7037 Constitutional Amendments Proposed by Initiative
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Governor DeSantis has signed this bill into law.  We appreciate your calls expressing opposition.

SB 1794 (Hutson) and HB 7037 (J. Grant) tighten rules for constitutional amendments from citizens to reach Florida’s ballot, including requiring more signatures to qualify for Supreme Court review and shortening the time frame for collecting them.  

1000 Friends of Florida opposes these bills because they would severely restrict the ability of Floridians to amend their constitution, which would further inhibit citizen initiatives like the land and water conservation amendment of 2014.  

Senate referrals: Ethics and Elections (approved 1/27); Judiciary (approved 2/11); Rules (approved 2/26); PASSED SENATE 3/9; PASSED HOUSE 3/11

House referrals: Appropriations (approved 1/29); State Affairs (approved 2/6); Judiciary (approved 2/18)


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SB 1450 Gruters
HB 1091 Fine
SIGNED INTO LAW -- SUPPORTED HB 1091 & SB 1450 Environmental Enforcement
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HB 1091 was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis on June 30, 2020.

SB 1450 (Gruters) and HB 1091 (Fine) would make numerous changes to the penalties for violating Florida’s environmental laws, including increasing required or maximum environmental penalties in various sections of Florida law. Most of the changes increase a penalty by 50 percent. Additionally, the legislation would change the duration that certain penalties may run, so that, until a violation is resolved by order or judgment, each day during any portion of which a violation occurs or is not remediated constitutes a separate offense. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 1/27); Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (approved 2/18); Appropriations (approved 2/27)

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 2/4); Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 2/11); State Affairs (approved 2/17); PASSED HOUSE 3/6; PASSED SENATE 3/12; PASSED HOUSE 3/12


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SB 150 Brandes
SUPPORTED SB 150 Sanitary Sewer Laterals
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Though this bill did not pass, its provisions were amended into House Bill 1091, which passed both chambers and was transmitted to the Governor. 

SB 150 (Brandes) would have encouraged counties and municipalities to establish a sanitary sewer lateral inspection program and requiring a seller of real property to disclose any known defects in the property’s sanitary sewer lateral – its connection to a main sewer line.  The bill would also have established and maintained a publicly accessible database to store information when a damaged or deteriorating sanitary sewer system has been identified. Though this bill did not pass, its provisions were amended into House Bill 1091, which passed both chambers and was transmitted to the Governor. 

 

Senate referrals:  Environmental and Natural Resources (passed 11/13); Judiciary (passed 12/10); Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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SB 182 Stewart
HB 6043 Grieco, Eskanmani
SUPPORTED SB 182 & HB 6043 Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials
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SB 182 (Stewart) and HB 6043 (Grieco, Eskamani) sought to delete preemptions of local laws relating to the regulation of auxiliary containers, plastic bags and polystyrene, thus opening the door for more local government control over single use plastics and polystyrene. It was filed in response to an appeals court ruling that struck down a local ordinance in Coral Gables that banned polystyrene from restaurants, supermarkets and other food establishments in the city. 1000 Friends of Florida generally supports the authority of local governments to regulate activities within their borders – home rule – and supports these bills.  

Senate referrals:  Community Affairs, Environment and Natural Resources and Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals:  Business and Professions Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Commerce Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 200 Montford
HB 547 Fitzenhagen
SUPPORTED SB 200 & HB 547 Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment
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SB 200 (Montford) and HB 547 (Fitzenhagen), a similar bill, would have broadly banned the drilling method known as fracking, and included both “high-pressure well stimulation” and “matrix acidization.” Fracking would have been prohibited under the bills, even in cases where having a permit for drilling and operating a well were authorized. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 11/14); Innovation, Industry and Technology; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13 

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee;  WITHDRAWN 3/14


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SB 318 Stewart
SB 318 Sale of Sunscreen
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SB 318 (Stewart) would have prohibited the sale, offer for sale, or distribution of sunscreen products with ingredients harmful to coral reefs to a consumer who did not have a prescription.  

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Commerce and Tourism; Rules; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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SB 332 Stewart
HB 849 Altman
SB 332 & HB 849 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 332 Land Acquisition Trust Fund (Stewart) in a copy of a bill she introduced in the 2019 session, required $100 million a year to be appropriated from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Florida Forever Trust Fund, and barred any of those funds from being used for administrative expenses in several state agencies with environmental responsibilities. 

HB 849/Altman, a similar bill, also required $100 million a year to be appropriated from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for the Florida Forever Trust Fund and barred its use for administrative expenses. It also extended the period by which any bonds must be retired from 2040 to 2054.   

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 11/4); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government (approved 2/25); Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13 

House referrals:  Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; Ways & Means Committee; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 438 Harrell
HB 489 Plasencia, Fine
SB 438 & HB 489 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 438 (Harrell) & HB 489 (Plasencia, Fine) Land Acquisition Trust Fund, also introduced in the 2019 session, would have required the lesser of $50 million or 7.6 % of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to be appropriated every year for certain projects to carry out the Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The bill would have authorized the Department of Environmental Protection to distribute grants to be matched locally for those projects, which could have included septic to sewer conversions and wastewater treatment upgrades.  

1000 Friends strongly advocates action to restore the Indian River Lagoon, but believes it is inappropriate to use funds designated for land acquisition to finance “pipes and pumps,” as called for under this legislation.   

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13  

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 454 Rodriguez
SB 454 Discharge of Domestic Wastewater
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SB 454 (Rodriguez) would have prohibited the construction of new deep injection wells for domestic wastewater discharge or the expansion of existing wells. It would also have required current ocean outfall and deep well injection permitholders to install a functioning reuse system within the utility’s service area by specified dates and prohibit the discharge of domestic wastewater through ocean outfalls and deep injection wells after specified dates.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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SB 638 Montford
HB 1347 Shoaf
SB 638 & HB 1347 Apalachicola Environmental Stewardship Act
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SB 638 (Montford), similar to a bill he introduced in the 2019 session, would annually reserve at least $12 million from the Florida Forever Trust Fund for land acquisition and infrastructure projects to improve water quality in the Panhandle areas struck by Hurricane Michael in 2018.  The bill was amended in committee before approval on Feb. 25 to reduce the annual funding to $5 million

HB 1347 (Shoaf) would require at least $5 million from the Florida Forever Trust Fund to be spent on projects that improve surface water and groundwater quality with the Apalachicola Bay Area of Critical State Concern beginning in the 2020-2021 fiscal year and continuing through the 2024-2025 fiscal year. Projects may include the construction and replacement of stormwater management facilities and central sewage collection facilities, installation of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems, direct and indirect potable reuse, and other water quality and water supply projects. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government (approved 2/25); Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 2/4); Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 2/12); State Affairs; WITHDRAWN 3/14


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SB 640 Harrell
HB 153 Fine, Roth
SUPPORTED SB 640 & HB 153 Indian River Lagoon State Matching Grant Program
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SB 640 (Harrell) and HB 153 (Fine, Roth) are similar bills that provided that certain projects identified in a specified Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan would be eligible for state funding. They directed the Department of Environmental Protection to coordinate with water management districts to identify projects and grant recipients.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 12/9); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13.

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 11/13); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 686 Gruters
HB 405 Good
SUPPORTED SB 686 & HB 405 Stormwater Management Systems
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SB 686 (Gruters) and HB 405 (Good) directed water management districts, with DEP oversight, to adopt rules for standards relating to stormwater management for new development and redevelopment projects.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13.

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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SB 722 Montford
SB 722 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 722 (Montford) would have required $50 million a year through the 2026-27 budget year to be spent from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund on conservation and management projects, including reforestation; ecosystem management; fire control; debris removal; pollution mitigation; beach nourishment; coastal or shore protection structures; and land acquisition.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13 


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SB 1098 Cruz
SB 1098 Fees/Bottled Water Companies/Department of Environmental Protection
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SB 1098 (Cruz) would have assessed bottled water companies a fee of 5 cents per gallon on water extracted for the production of bottled water, deposited the fees into the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund, and fined companies that fail to comply. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (temporarily postponed 1/16); Agriculture; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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SB 1112 Taddeo
HB 861 Willhite
SB 1112 & HB 861 Bottled Water Excise Tax
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SB 1112 (Taddeo) & HB 861 (Willhite) would have imposed an excise tax of 12.5 cents per gallon water extracted for bottled water, deposited the fees into Wastewater Treatment and Stormwater Management Revolving Loan Trust Fund; bill included enforcement provisions and penalties for failure to pay.  A last-minute amendment that sought to delete the entire bill and instead change it from a 12.5 cent tax to a 12.5 cent civil penalty fee if the permitted quantity of water allowed in the Consumptive Use Permit was exceeded.  The amendment failed. 

House referrals:  Ways & Means; Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/14

Senate referrals: Commerce and Tourism (temporarily postponed 1/21); Finance and Tax; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/14


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SB 1382 Albritton
HB 1363 Overdorf
SB 1382 & HB 1363 Environmental Resource Management
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SB 1382 (Albritton) would have provided that basin management action plan management strategies might include a cooperative regional agricultural water quality improvement element. Such strategies could also have included a cooperative urban, suburban, commercial, or institutional water quality improvement element. DEP would have been authorized to develop a nutrient reduction cost-share program. Any initiatives to confer legal standing or rights on wildlife, plants or other environmental assets would have been barred.  

HB 1363 (Overdorf) is a similar bill that included basin management action plan strategies but did not includes the provision pre-empting initiatives to confer legal standing on environmental assets.  

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 1/27); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13  

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 1/28); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 2/3); State Affairs; WITHDRAWN 3/16 


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SB 1878 Bradley
SB 1878 Environmental Protection
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SB 1878 (Bradley) would have created a new section of law to include an annual appropriation, beginning in fiscal year 2020-2021, of a minimum of $625 million for the purposes of Everglades restoration and the protection of water resources in the state. The appropriation would have been repealed on June 30, 2023, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 2/3); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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SB 7024 Enviro./Nat. Res.
SB 7024 Florida Forever
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SB 7024 (Environment and Natural Resources) would have revised legislative findings under the Florida Forever Act to include wildlife crossings as a land acquisition purpose, required that certain allocation from the program’s trust fund include allocation for lands impacted by hurricanes, and made other changes to the program. 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources (approved 1/13); Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13 


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HB 715 Maggard
SB 1656 Albritton
HB 715 & SB 1656 Reclaimed Water
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HB 715 (Maggard) and SB 1656 (Albritton) provide that recycled water is a water source for public water supply systems, specify point of compliance with drinking water standards for water recycling projects, and provide that recycled water projects must be included in regional water supply planning and are exempt from certain permits.  

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 2/4); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 2/11); State Affairs Committee (approved 3/2); PASSED HOUSE 3/9; WITHDRAWN 3/13

Senate referrals: Innovation, Industry, and Technology (approved 2/3); Governmental Oversight and Accountability (approved 2/17); Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13


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HB 791 Fitzenhagen
SB 1608 Mayfield
SUPPORTED HB 791 & SB 1608 Florida National Estuary Program Act
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HB 791 (Fitzenhagen) and a similar bill, SB 1608 (Mayfield), would have required DEP to give funding consideration to estuaries identified under National Estuary Program, required funds to be used for specified projects, and required programs receiving funding to submit report to Governor, Legislature, DEP, & water management districts. 

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations.  WITHDRAWN 3/13


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HB 1199 Ingoglia
OPPOSED HB 1199 Environmental Protection Act
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HB 1199 (Ingoglia) would have barred local governments from recognizing or granting certain legal rights to the natural environment or granting such rights relating to natural environment to person or political subdivision. 1000 Friends opposed this legislation as an infringement on home rule and a pre-emption of local decision making on environmental issues.  

House referrals: Civil Justice Subcommittee (approved 1/29); Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee (approved 2/4); Judiciary Committee (approved 2/12); WITHDRAWN 3/14


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HB 6077 Eskamani
SUPPORTED HB 6077 Preemption of Tree Pruning, Trimming, and Removal
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HB 6077 (Eskamani) would have repealed a 2019 law that restricted local governments in regulating tree pruning, trimming, & removal on residential property. 

House referrals: Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Commerce; State Affairs; WITHDRAWN 3/14


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HB 6081 Eskamani
HB 6081 Conservation Easements
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HB 6081 (Eskamani), entitled “Conservation Easements,” would have eliminated shortcuts that companies use to develop Conservation Easements, specifically utility uses such as pipeline companies, power companies and toll road companies 

House referrals: Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee; Energy & Utilities Subcommittee: State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/14


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TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 1166 Albritton
HB 969 Drake
SIGNED INTO LAW -- (M-CORES) SB 1166 & HB 969 Broadband Internet Service
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This bill has been signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.

SB 1166 (Albritton) permits the Department of Transportation to use up to $5 million annually from the State Transportation Trust Fund’s allocation to the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Program, for projects that assist in the development of broadband infrastructure within or adjacent to a multiuse corridor; designates the Department of Economic Opportunity to replace the Department of Management Services as the agency responsible for the expansion of broadband in Florida; and creates the Florida Office of Broadband within the Department Of Economic Opportunity’s Division of Community Development, to which it transfers specific duties regarding the development, marketing, and promotion of broadband. 

HB 969 (Drake) is a similar, House companion to the Senate bill. 

Senate referrals: Commerce and Tourism (approved 1/28); Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (approved 2/13); Appropriations (approved 2/20); 

House referrals: Energy and Utilities Subcommittee (approved 1/21); Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee (approved 2/3); Commerce (approved 2/13)

PASSED HOUSE 2/26; PASSED SENATE 3/6 


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SB 7020 Infra. & Security
FAILED BUT PROVISIONS INCORPORATED INTO SB 7018 -- (M-CORES) SB 7020 Emergency Staging Areas
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While SB 7020 did not pass, its provisions were incorporated into SB 7018 which has been signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.

SB 7020 (Infrastructure and Security) would have authorized the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to plan, design, and construct staging areas for emergencies as part of the state’s turnpike system. The bill required FDOT to give priority consideration to placement of such staging areas in counties with a population of 200,000 or less in which an M-CORES corridor is located.

While SB 7020 died after passing the Senate on March 6, its provisions were amended into another bill, SB 7018, which passed both chambers and was signed by the Governor on June 9. In addition to its provisions on emergency staging areas, SB 7018 requires FDOT to  coordinate, develop, and recommend a master plan for the development of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure along the State Highway System. It provides that a permit application by a county or municipality to use the right-of-way for a utility must be processed and acted upon within an expedited time frame.  And it permits owners of agricultural land with conservation easements to voluntarily negotiate access to their land for utility construction. 

Senate referrals: Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (approved 1/29); Appropriations (approved 2/20); PASSED SENATE 3/6


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SB 75 Book
HB 551 Jenne
SB 76 & HB 551 Transportation Disadvantaged
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SB 76 (Book) & HB 551 (Jenne) would require community transportation coordinators to plan for and use any available cost-effective regional fare payment systems that enhance cross-county mobility for the specified purpose of the transportation disadvantaged.

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security (approved 1/27); Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation; Tourism, and Economic Development (approved 2/13); Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals: Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee (approved 1/15); State Affairs Committee (approved 1/30); PASSED BY HOUSE 2/13


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SB 676 Mayfield
HB 465 Sirois
SB 676 & HB 465 Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act
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SB 676 (Mayfield) and HB 465 (Sirois), entitled the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act”, would have required the Department of Transportation to regulate railroads when that authority wass not federally preempted, required railroad companies to be responsible for ensuring that impacted roadbed meets specified transition requirements under certain circumstances, and required state railroad inspectors to meet certain certification requirements and coordinate their activities with federal inspectors. 

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security (approved 1/21); Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations; WITHDRAWN 3/13

House referrals: Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; WITHDRAWN 3/16


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