2021 Legislative Session

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2021 Legislative Priorities

While the upcoming Florida Legislative Session is not slated to start until March 3, 2021, 1000 Friends is already busy establishing priorities, drafting recommended provisions, and reaching out to key legislators for support.

How can you participate?

Share your priorities at your county’s Legislative Delegation Public Hearing — We encourage you to share your priorities with your county’s legislative delegation, either by attending their public hearing or emailing your legislators.  We have compiled a list of known 2021 legislative delegation public hearings (some are happening now, so please check!) and will update as new meeting dates are confirmed.  If you know of a hearing not on the list, please email us.  If you cannot attend your county’s legislative hearing, you can email your state legislators.  Feel free to share 1000 Friends of Florida’s legislative priorities for the 2021 session.

Attend 1000 Friends’ Free 2021 Legislative Preview WebinarRegister now for 1000 Friends’ annual Legislative Preview webinar, being held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from noon to 1:30 EST.  Find out what legislation is likely to be up for consideration and how you can make a difference.

Sign up for 1000 Friends’ Email Alerts — We send regular alerts on legislative and other issues, and signing up is an outstanding way to stay abreast of what is up for consideration.

Visit this page regularly — We will update it with the latest information on new legislation and who to contact to express support or concerns.

Updated January 18, 2021

2021 Florida Legislative Session


ACTION NEEDED

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
Share your priorities with your Legislative Delegation!
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We encourage you to share your priorities with your county’s legislative delegation, either by attending their public hearing or emailing your legislators.  We have compiled a list of known 2021 legislative delegation public hearings (some are happening now, so please check!) and will update as new meeting dates are confirmed.  If you know of a hearing not on the list, please email us.  If you cannot attend your county’s legislative hearing, you can email your state legislators.  Feel free to share 1000 Friends of Florida’s legislative priorities for the 2021 session.


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GROWTH MANAGEMENT

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 510 Hooper
HB 13 Killibrew/Silvers
SUPPORT HB 13/SB 510 State Funds
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HB 13/Killebrew and Silvers and SB 510/Hooper would prevent unappropriated cash balances from the state trust funds for affordable housing from being transferred or “swept” into the Budget Stabilization Fund or General Revenue Fund.

House referrals: Infrastructure and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Finance and Tax; Appropriations


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SB 284 Perry
HB 55 Overdorf
OPPOSE HB 55/SB 284 Building Design
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OPPOSE
HB 55/Overdorf and SB 284/Perry would bar local government design review and authority for residential building.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Regulated Industries; Rules

House referrals: Regulatory Reform Subcommittee; Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Commerce Committee. 


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SB 496 Perry
HB 59 McClain
OPPOSE HB 59/SB 496 Growth Management
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HB 59/McClain and SB 496/Perry would require local governments to include a property rights element in their comprehensive plans,and would make other changes to state law regarding development orders and municipal annexations. A similar bill during the 2020 legislative session became the vehicle for other growth management changes, but was vetoed by Gov. DeSantis. 

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules

House referrals: Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Civil Justice and Property Rights Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee


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SB 62 Bradley
OPPOSE SB 62 Regional Planning Councils
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SB 62/Bradley would eliminate the advisory role of regional planning councils in state comprehensive plan preparation and revision, authorize local governments rather than RPCs to recommend areas of critical state concern to the state land planning agency, and change other provisions relating to RPCs.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules


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SB 132 Hutson
SB 132 Rental of Homestead Property
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SB 132/Hutson would revise the criteria under which rental of homestead property is allowed for tax exemption purposes and not considered abandoned, etc.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs, Finance and Tax, Appropriations

No House counterpart as of 1/7.


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SB 514 Rodrigues
SUPPORT SB 514 Office of Resiliency
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SB 514/Rodrigues would establish the Statewide Office of Resiliency within the Executive Office of the Governor and create a Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force. A similar bill in the 2020 session failed to become law.

No Senate referrals or House counterpart as of 1/8.


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HB 219 Fischer
SB 522 Diaz
SB 522/HB 219 Vacation Rentals
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SB 522/Diaz and HB 219/Fischer would preempt the regulation of vacation rentals to the state, and prohibit a local law, ordinance, or regulation from allowing or requiring inspections or licensing of public lodging establishments, including vacation rentals, or public food service establishments. 

No Senate or House referrals as of 1/13. 


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SJR 540 Farmer
PREEMPTION SJR 540 Supermajority Vote for Legislative Preemption
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PREEMPTION
SJR 540/Farmer proposes amending the Florida Constitution to require a supermajority of each house to approve a general law preempting a subject of legislation to the state.

No Senate referrals as of 1/12.


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SB 628 Rouson
SB 628 Urban Agriculture
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SB 628/Rouson would create the “Florida Urban Agriculture Act”, preserving local governmental authority to regulate urban agriculture under certain circumstances; it would also exempt equipment for urban farms from some regulations. 

No Senate referrals or House counterpart as of 1/13.


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HB 6023 Eskamani
SB 596 Stewart
PREEMPTION HB 6023/SB 596 Preemption of Tree Pruning, Trimming, and Removal
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PREEMPTION
HB 6023/Eskamani and SB 596/Stewart would repeal the preemption of local ordinances regulating tree pruning, trimming and removal. 

No House referrals or Senate counterpart as of 1/12.


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TRANSPORTATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 136 Brandes
SUPPORT SB 136 Energy 2040 Task Force
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SB 136/Brandes would create the Energy 2040 Task Force within the Public Service Commission and require that state agencies assist and cooperate.

Senate referrals: Regulated Industries; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations

No House counterpart as of 1/7


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SB 138 Brandes
SB 138 Electric Vehicles
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SB 138/Brandes would require the state Department of Transportation to establish the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program, and provide for the distribution of grants to certain entities to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Senate referrals: Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations

No House counterpart as of 1/7


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SB 140 Brandes
SB 140 Fees/Electric Vehicles
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SB 140/Brandes would create additional fees for electric vehicles and create a license tax and an additional fee for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Senate referrals: Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations

No House counterpart as of 1/7


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CONSERVATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
HB 57 Andrade
HB 57 Transportation
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HB 57/Andrade addresses a wide range of transportation related provisions, but includes a definition and regulation of “borrow pits” used to extract soil, sand and clay for construction, a practice with environmental impacts. 

House referrals: Tourism, Infrastructure and Energy Subcommittee; Ways and Means Committee; Infrastructure and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; Commerce Committee


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HJR 61 Roth
OPPOSE HJR 61 Percentage of Elector Votes Required to Approve Constitutional Amendment or Revision
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OPPOSE
HJR 61/Roth would raise the threshold for voter approval of proposed constitutional amendments from 60 percent to 66 and two-thirds percent. The higher percentage would make voter approval or renewal more difficult for amendments such as the land and water conservation amendment of 2014. 

House referrals: Public Integrity and Elections Committee; Judiciary Committee 


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SB 546 Farmer
SB 546 Well Stimulation
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SB 546/Farmer, the “Stop Fracking Act,” would broadly ban “all stages of a well intervention performed by injecting fluids into a rock formation in order to propagate fractures in or dissolve the rock formation to increase production at an oil or gas well,” including pneumatic fracturing and matrix acidizing. 

No Senate referrals or House counterpart as of 1/12.


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SB 594 Stewart
HB 6027 Grieco
PREEMPTION SB 594/HB 6027 Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials
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PREEMPTION
SB 594/Stewart and HB 6027/Grieco would repeal the preemptions of local law relating to the regulation of auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags, and repeal ; the preemption of local laws regarding the use or sale of polystyrene products to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,

No Senate or House referrals as of 1/13


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WATER

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
HB 263 Maggard
SB 64 Albritton
SB 64/HB 263 Reclaimed Water
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SB 64/Albritton and HB 263/Maggard would require certain domestic wastewater  utilities to submit to the Department of Environmental Protection by November a plan for eliminating nonbeneficial surface water discharge within 5 years.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Community Affairs; Appropriations

No House referrals as of 1/14.


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SB 336 Rouson
SB 336 Rouson Large Scale Agricultural Pollution Reduction Pilot Program
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SB 336/Rouson would create a large-scale agricultural pollution reduction pilot program within the Department of Environmental Protection as a partnership with dairy farms, authorizing DEP to grant general permits for certain department-approved large-scale dairy farm pollution reduction pilot program participants, utilizing a $1.3 million appropriation. 

Senate referrals: Agriculture; Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations

No House counterpart as of 1/11


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SB 652 Taddeo
SB 652 Bottled Water Excise Tax
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 SB 652/Taddeo would impose an excise tax upon bottled water operators of 12.5 cents per gallon extracted from waters of the state. 

No Senate referrals or House counterpart as of 1/14.


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