2020 Legislative Update

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Updated November 27, 2019

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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. During the most recent Florida Legislative Session, more than 3,500 bills were introduced with only 194 passing into law. 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 an initial list of bills we are monitoring for the 2020 session based on 1000 Friends’ priorities, presented with the understanding that this list will expand as the session progresses.

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2020 Florida Legislative Session


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Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description

CONSERVATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 150 by Brandes
SB 150 Sanitary Sewer Laterals
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SB 150 (Brandes) encourages 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 establish and maintain a publicly accessible database to store information when a damaged or deteriorating sanitary sewer system has been identified.

Senate referrals:  Environmental and Natural Resources; Judiciary and Rules


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HB 113 Roach
SB 172 by Bradley
SB 172 & HB 113 Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
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SB 172 (Bradley) and HB 113 (Roach) would preempt the regulation of over-the-counter proprietary drugs or cosmetics to the state. This preemption would nullify 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 opposes these bills.  

Senate referrals: Community Affairs (passed 10-14-19); Industry, Innovation and Technology (approved (11-4-19); Rules. House referrals to Health Quality Subcommittee (passed 11-6-10); Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee.


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HB 6043 by Grieco & Eskamani
SB 182 by Stewart
SB 182 & HB 6043 Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials
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SB 182 (Stewart) and HB 6043 (Grieco, Eskamani) seek 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. House referrals to Business and Professions Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Commerce Committee


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SB 200 by Montford
SB 200 Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment
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SB 200 (Montford) broadly bans the drilling method known as fracking, and includes both “high-pressure well stimulation” and “matrix acidization.” Fracking is prohibited under the bill, even in cases where having a permit for drilling and operating a well are authorized.

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources, favorable treatment (5-0) on 11/4/19; Innovation, Industry and Technology; Appropriations


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HB 73 by Overdorf
SB 326 by Perry
SB 326 & HB 73 Environmental Regulation
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SB 326 (Perry) and HB 73 (Overdorf) are similar, broad bills vulnerable to potentially harmful amendments pertaining to environmental regulation.  The bills pertain to recycling contractors and the procedures for managing and rejecting residential recycling containers but also seek to regulate dock permitting. Similar legislation in the 2019 session became a vehicle for measures with harmful impacts on the environment. 

Senate referral: Environment and Natural Resources (passed 11-4-19); Community Affairs; Rules.

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (passed 10-16-19); Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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SB 332 by Stewart
SB 332 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 332/Stewart, a copy of a bill she introduced in the 2019 session, requires $100 million a year to be appropriated from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Florida Forever Trust Fund, and bars any of those funds from being used for administrative expenses in several state agencies with environmental responsibilities.

 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; Appropriations  

 

No House counterpart as of 10/29 


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HB 489 by Plasencia & Fine
SB 438 by Harrell HB 438 Plasencia & Fine
SB 438 & HB 489 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 438/Harrell & HB 489 (Plasencia, Fine), also introduced in the 2019 session, would require introduced in the 2019 session, requires 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 authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to distribute grants to be matched locally for those projects, which can include 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  

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee 

 

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SB 454 by Rodriguez
SB 454 Discharge of Domestic Wastewater
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SB 454 (Rodriguez) would prohibit the construction of new deep injection wells for domestic wastewater discharge or the expansion of existing wells. It would also require 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. 


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SB 638 by Montford
SB 638 Apalachicola Environmental Trust Fund
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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.


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HB 153 by Fine & Roth
SB 640 by Harrell
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 provide that certain projects identified in a specified Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan are eligible for state funding. They direct the Department of Environmental Protection to coordinate with water management districts to identify projects and grant recipients.

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

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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HB 405 by Good
SB 686 by Gruters
SB 686 & HB 405 Stormwater Management Systems
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SB 686 (Gruters) and HB 405 (Good) direct 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.

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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HB 147 by Jacobs
SB 690 by Albritton
SB 690 & HB 147 Water Resources
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SB 690 (Albritton) and HB 147 (Jacobs) are identical bills that require 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.

House referrals: Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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SB 172 by Mayfield
SB 712 Water Quality Improvements
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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.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations. 


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SB 722 by Montford
SB 722 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 722 (Montford) requires $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. 


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GROWTH MANAGEMENT/PLANNING LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
HB 579 by Aloupis
SB 178 by Rodriguez
SB 178 & HB 579 Public Financing of Construction Projects
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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 (reported favorably on 11/4/19); Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations


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HB 6019 by Casello
SB 250 by Berman
SB 250 & HB 6019 Development Orders
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SB 250 Development Orders (Berman) & HB 6019 (Casello) repeal 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 by Rodriguez
SB 278 Climate Health Planning
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SB 278 Climate Health Planning (Rodriguez) would task the Department of Health with preparing an annual climate health planning report to assess the threat to human health which is posed by climate change and to develop strategies  to help the state’s communities prepare for the health effects of climate change.  Factors that must be considered include 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 referral to Health Policy; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations 


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SB 280 by Rodriguez
SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility
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SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility (Rodriguez) seeks to capture the economic impact of climate change by requiring the Economic Estimating Conference to prepare a climate fiscal responsibility report.  The report shall 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 requires that recommendations for immediate action that should be taken over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Senate referral to Infrastructure and Security; Finance and Tax; Appropriations 


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SB 286 by Rodriguez
SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming
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SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming (Rodriguez) nods to the value of carbon sequestration that can be obtained by soil and vegetation management, by seeking to establish a carbon farming tax credit to benefit the state’s farmers.  It encourages sequestration by incentivizing farmers to adopt best management practices and maintain their land in agricultural use.  The FDEP is 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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HB 381 by Silvers
SB 306 by Mayfield
SB 306 & HB 381 State Funds
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SB 306 (Mayfield) and HB 381 (Silvers) would prevent legislators from diverting money from the state housing trust funds to other purposes.  

Senate referrals: Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation

House referrals: Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee 


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SB 410 by Perry
SB 410 & HB 203 Growth Management
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SB 410 Growth Management (Perry) & HB 203 (McClain) would require comprehensive plans to include a property rights element so that each local government must consider in part of the comprehensive plan amendment process the rights of the property owner to physically possess their property, to have quiet enjoyment of their property to the exclusion of all others and to develop and improve their property for their personal use.

Senate referrals: Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules

House referrals: Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (approved 10-23-19); Commerce Committee; State Affairs Committee


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HB 587 by Raschein
SB 748 by Flores
SB 748 & HB 587 Takings Claims within Areas of Critical State Concern
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SB 748 (Flores) and HB 587 (Raschein) provide for damage awards for takings claims within areas of critical state concern. The Senate version is known as the “Florida Keys Property Rights Protection Act.”

No Senate or House referrals as of 11/20. 


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SB 998 by Hutson
SB 998 Housing
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SB 998 (Hutson) includes multiple measures to expand the supply of affordable housing, including authorization to locate affordable housing in any parcel zoned for residential, commercial or industrial use 

Senate referrals: none as of 11/26


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TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
HB 551 by Jenne
SB 76 by Book
SB 76 & HB 551 Transportation Disadvantaged
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SB 76  Transportation Disadvantaged (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 to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation; Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations

House referrals: Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee. 


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HB 465 by Sirois
SB 676 by Mayfield
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 require the Department of Transportation to regulate railroads when that authority is not federally preempted, require railroad companies to be responsible for ensuring that impacted roadbed meets specified transition requirements under certain circumstances, and require state railroad inspectors to meet certain certification requirements and coordinate their activities with federal inspectors. 

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

House referrals: Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee


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